A bit from a story in progress

One of the problems with adults is they stop believing in real things. They only believe in made-up things, like stock markets, marketing plans, reality TV and internet memes. See, adults think they know what reality is, while they’re only squinting at the shadows moving on the cave wall.

David W. Jones

Another of my AWESOME stories is PUBLISHED!

Yes! In the latest Hawaii Fiction Writers group anthology, a fundraiser for the Friends of the Library chapters at Aina Haina Library and Kapolei Public Library:

Kissing Frogs and Other Quirky Fairy Tales

Thank you, editors extraordinaire Michael, Gail and Carol Catanzaritti (in memoriam).

While mine (“The Disrespectful Prince and The Frog”) is (as always) AWESOME, there are 25 other beautiful, funny, clever and nearly-awesome retellings of fairy tales along the lines of the old Fractured Fairy Tales cartoons.

So buy yourself a copy, buy your friends copies, buy your exes copies, buy your enemies copies, buy copies and donate them to your local school and prison libraries. And rejoice in great stories and in being an Official Goodness on the Face of the Earth™ for supporting our libraries!

Advice to storytellers from me

Tell the story that needs to be told, in the way it needs to be told, to the length it needs to be told.

Don’t poison a story by insisting it must be an apple when it’s really an orange.

Don’t stunt a story by forcing it beyond its natural growth nor by forcing it to grow in a box too small.

“Genres” and “standard story lenghs” are publisher’s artefacts, not part of storytelling.

Breakthroughs don’t come through abiding by conventions and working in boxes.

Come listen to some scary stories!

10:30 AM, October 19, at the Kapolei Public Library, I and three other Hawaii Fiction Writers members will each be reading a story for the annual HFW Scary Stories Halloween reading. Followed by lunch at the Kapolei Assagio’s, server of extremely tasty Italian cuisine.

My story is about a man, a mouse, and the association of small things: Just A Little Scary.

For more information, see the event on the Hawaii State Library site.

So come and be scared, if you dare!

When You Die And Go To Heaven: A Fable

When you die and go to Heaven, you get a shiny new body.

Unfortunately, the angels planned on having a lot more people in Heaven than chose to go.

So when you die and go to Heaven, you get shiny new bodies (plural). Three thousand four hundred thirty two, to be precise.

And St Peter at the pearly gates says, “Welcome to Heaven, James Thomas Frederickson-1. Welcome to Heaven, James Thomas Frederickson-2. Welcome to Heaven, James Thomas Frederickson-3.” And so on.

When he’s done, you step through the gates and spend eternity meeting each of the 3432 bodies of everyone else in Heaven.

The End

©2019 David W. Jones