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An Aunt Truly tale: The seamstress

An Aunt Truly tale: The seamstress

The structure of this new tale is based on "The Tailor," a story I've heard here and there for years, and one I used to tell when I did live storytelling regularly. I created "The Seamstress," my own variation on this tale, for the May 3, 2020, virtual book launch...

Characters you’ll meet in Kiminee

Characters you’ll meet in Kiminee

My first novel, The Kiminee Dream, is now available for sale at the major online retailers — from Amazon, the behemoth, to Indie Bound, where you can order it from a participating local bookstore, and all sorts of options in between. Since the book's release, a few...

An Aunt Truly tale: The mermaid’s gift

An Aunt Truly tale: The mermaid’s gift

I first heard this tale in the mid-1990s in storytelling class at Dominican University in San Rafael (a college back then). John Boe, a storyteller, musician and professor emeritus at U.C. Davis, enchanted all of us with a gleam in his eye and simple props tucked into...

An Aunt Truly tale: The Snow Girl

An Aunt Truly tale: The Snow Girl

While sheltering at home like millions of other people during the the coronavirus pandemic, I've been working on another story for Aunt Truly's Tales, a companion project to my forthcoming novel, The Kiminee Dream. It's good, I think, to continue doing creative work...

The indomitable tri-color husky-sheltie – slightly revised

The indomitable tri-color husky-sheltie – slightly revised

I mentioned in my last post that I thought this story could be improved with the addition of some specifics about sightings of the dogs and anecdotes told about them. I did add some details and think the story is improved. The trick is to add detail but not so much...

An Aunt Truly tale: The indomitable tri-color husky-sheltie

An Aunt Truly tale: The indomitable tri-color husky-sheltie

Buster, a tri-color husky-sheltie dog with a lopsided grin and only one ear, is a character in my forthcoming novel, The Kiminee Dream, and Aunt Truly, the enigmatic elderly woman who tells stories in the novel, tells a tale about his origins. I want to include it in...

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