Story Sprouts Story Blurbs

In “Sweet Tooth Aliens” by Abi Estrin, Sarah and her cat Ginger teach a bunch of candy-stealing aliens destroying the town how to share and mind their manners.


In “The Knife” by Lynne Southerland, a foster mother struggles with a little boy’s realization that his life started out in very bad circumstances.


In her poem “Writing vs. Reading,” Stacy Anderson examines the symbiotic relationship between readers and writers in a lyrical, illustrative manner, marrying the two as lovers and dreamers.


In “The Conqueror” by Kristina F. Jordan, a young woman steals her employer’s obsidian bracelet and travels to Greece to learn more about its beauty. Instead, she uncovers a powerful and surprising past life.


In “For Want of a Better Thing” by Glenn Jason Hanna, a little boy discovers the best way to appreciate food, family and friendship is a healthy balance after errant wishes drive him to alternating manic and lazy reactions.


In “The Magic Pinwheel” by Tiffani Barth, Sam’s Grandpa helps him stand up to bullies and learn to ride a bike with the help of a bright pink magical pinwheel.


In “The Pit” by Cacy Duncan, a young writer gives life to a sloshing creature rising from the quicksand of her imaginative mind.


In “The Spice Market” by Diane H. Fisk, a fair maiden is caught up in a lovers’ quarrel between two vampires before she gets rescued by a prince.


In “Moved by the Muse,” Angie Flores learns to turn off the wife and mother, break through pesky writer’s block, and allow the stories to flow, just as her Grandmother had done years before.


In “A Week in the Life of an Honesty Queen” by Lucy Ravitch, a secret fairy watches two young boys as they learn the difference between greed and fairness, tempted by the evil wizard, Mr. Dark.


In “Constant Companion,” Donna Marie Robb recalls the importance of writing throughout her personal history, from fairy tales in the first grade to exotic novels today. She calls her life-long relationship with writing both fickle and blissful, feelings familiar to all writers.


In “The Unique Temptress in a Sea of Emotional Pollution” by Diane Sepulveda Robinson, a woman finds herself and throws off the chains from a lifetime of doubt in a most unlikely place – the back room of a crowded antique store.


In “Redemption” by Nora Rodriguez, a girl steals a gun from the town general store with plans to even the score with her tormenter. But something surprising stands in the way of her plans.


In “Melrose Avenue Blues” by Lissa Ross, a Los Angeles transplant starts work at a junk store on Melrose Avenue and falls into a whirlwind life taking her from mobster employee to legitimate actress.


In “Finding Inspiration at the Festival of Books,” Christal Terry remembers why she fell in love with writing as she watches her seven-year-old son and nephew interact with a famous picture book author.


In “All in the Timing” by Kathryn Thornton, a mousy, timid high school girl goes behind her best friend’s back to vie for Homecoming Queen.


In “Curse of Apollo” by Cameron Ulyate, the Greek god Apollo falls out of favor with Zeus and is left to answer hundreds of mortal questions, including, “What does is mean to be a writer?”


In “Story Gardener” by Nutschell Anne Windsor, a writing visionary plants her seed of ideas, waiting for a novel majestic tree with solid roots and bountiful fruit to grow. When a storm scatters her dreams, she must find a way to move forward and start anew.


In “Solitary Encounters,” Alana Garrigues reflects on the mentors who guide her writing life: the authors who inspired her to take up the call of the pen, and the family and friends who encourage her to push on through the hurdles of a creative calling. She challenges writers to contemplate the silent cheerleaders and critics in their own lives who inspire them onward and upward.

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