Our yard has gone through the first round of dandelions already.
It always amazes me when I look out to find the golden-maned flowers have overtaken the lush, spring grass seemingly overnight. And then only days later, with their flash of youthfulness complete, they stand tall, gangling and white-haired, ready to become the seeds of the next wave of dandelions.
Because of the dandelion’s ability to reproduce exponentially, we usually see them as weeds, but no matter how many times we mow them down and spread weed killer, they come back. That perseverance and strength in the midst of adversity is what inspired me to write the vignette, “Dandelions Dance,” which is tucked into the middle of Refractions: A Collection of Short Fiction.
Though short, this glimpse into a young mother’s life takes on some big issues: we don’t always get to finish what we start, we don’t always get to do what we want to do, and we mourn the paths in life we’re unable to take. Sometimes it helps to stop and learn from the flowers because even the so-called weeds have a story to tell.
I’d like to invite you to read all three of the selections in Refractions: A Collection of Short Fiction if you haven’t done so already. You can find links to your favorite book retailers below.
At the end of last week’s post, I included a poll to find out what you enjoy most about A Path Not Chosen. The poll is still open, and I would be grateful if you would take a moment to choose your answer(s) and/or leave comments below. If you prefer, you can also message me privately through the contact page.
Thanks in advance!
I know what you’re thinking. What’s with the four dollar increase on the price of thoughts?
Here’s the deal. Today on Amazon, the paperback version of my short story collection, Refractions, is on sale for just $4.01. If you add it to an order that is $35 or more, shipping is free!
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If you’ve read the stories already, I’d be grateful if you’d take a few minutes to leave a review on the site where you purchased the book or on my Facebook author page.
Review from Amazon.com:
Three short stories: Wordsmith Sherri Tobias brings us into the lives of Carla, Leila and Ms. Jenkins. Each story explores the mysteries of what makes our minds tick. What happens when we are uprooted from familiar surroundings and when new beginnings are disappointing? What makes communication so difficult for newlyweds? Why is it so hard to break into an already established circle of friends? How do baby blues and other forms of depression affect our lives? How do unexpected sources bring us communion and consolation? What happens when an injury or illness interrupts our passion, and when the life of nature inspires us? And what dark secrets or grief lead us from light into darkness? Each story explores the hope of renewal as Ms. Tobias poignantly brings us into the minds of each protagonist. I wholeheartedly rate this short collection 5 stars and look forward to reading the upcoming novel written by Sherri Tobias.
Review from Facebook Author page:
I just had to let you know I finished reading your book a couple of weeks ago and loved it! Ms. Jenkins is such a moving character, that her story has stayed with me; hers was an especially touching story. And I have to tell you that I been craving tamales since I read “Liquid”. I am looking forward to reading more