Crystal Clear Waters now for Sale on Amazon

The second book in the Magic Path Series. I wrote Crystal Clear Waters when my daughter, with the same name, was young. I told it many times when I was appearing as a storyteller here and there. Now she’s grown and the story has too. It’s available as an e-book at Amazon.com

Once there was a tiny fairy named Ladybug living in The Enchanted Forest on Twin Peaks Mountain. Everyone living on the mountain knew that Ladybug spent most of her time at Lake Crystal Clear Waters. But none of them knew why. There was something singularly special about Lake Crystal Clear Waters. Sometimes when she swims in it, she can visit other worlds.

One morning Ladybug wakes up to find green ooze spilling out from her beloved lake and running off into The Enchanted Forest in every direction. “What is doing this to our lake?” Ladybug wailed. She must find out how Lake Crystal Clear Waters has become polluted by diving in to get to the world where the pollution is coming from. She dives into the polluted lake with a thread from Ersha the Spider tied around her wrist so that she find her way back home.

On a mission to save the water, she finds a girl named Clarissa who is leaving her village with everyone else because their river has become polluted by a giant manufacturing the ooze for his own amusement. Ladybug asks Clarissa to climb Magic Mountain and help her to defeat the giant SlogSlime and destroy his factory.

But first Clarissa has to believe in the fairy’s magic…

Little Texas

Tony Mims speaks at the unveiling of the Little Texas historical marker at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville SC during the Little Texas Reunion on August 12, 2017.

The newly installed historical marker for the black neighborhood of Little Texas. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, SC.

Little Texas

by Tony Mims

If you don’t honor your history,

you won’t respect your future.

If you only live in the now

you can get lost in the many illusions

that will only feed the pitfalls

of your own personal confusion.

That’s why the memories of your home

should be a force of the positive and the strong.

It’s the roots of positive experience of growing up

that help your vision stay focused on what is real

and gives you solid meaning to how you should feel

in a world that sometimes gives life very little meaning.

 

The history of Little Texas goes way back.

About twenty years after they had to let the slaves free

this black downtown neighborhood

was Greenville’s first black working class community. Continue reading “Little Texas”

Kindle Countdown Deal for e-book

The e-book version of Mark and the Queen Fish is available now until April 27 for only 99 cents at Amazon.com.

Mark and the Queen Fish

Buy your copy at Amazon.com or read it for free with Kindle Unlimited.

Mark and the Queen Fish is the first in The Magic Path series of fairy tales. Publication March, 2017.

Available for purchase in paperback ($6.95) or e-book ($2.99) format. You can read the e-book for free with Kindle Unlimited.

A long time ago the people of the seaside city of Mara had everything that they needed, and knew how to talk with the creatures of the sea. But times changed.

Mark only knows what it is like to serve the Inlanders who conquered Mara long before he was born. He is angry that his mother is disrespected, and doesn’t want her to have to work so hard.  Impatient for change, he decides to take action.

When the King sends Mark to jail, Mark dreams of a giant fish that speaks to him. He carves her picture on his cell wall and the Jailer punishes him for his handiwork. But a mysterious little girl with flowing green hair comes from the beach and gives him a blue stone to paint with.

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Continue reading “Mark and the Queen Fish”

Einstein’s Mind

Announcing the digital release of “Einstein’s Mind,” a story from the book Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference. Following the positive response to the release of the live recording on WBAI Radio, of “Mella and the Python Healer,” “Einstein’s Mind,” is from the same radio broadcast.

The eleven minute story describes Albert’s childhood, including that he hated school and renounced his German citizenship while still a minor. The high school dropout eventually found himself in the Swiss Alps where he theorized about relativity. Fact checked by Dr. Michio Kaku, the story illustrates the idea of relativity by taking listeners on a train ride.

Accompaniment on upright bass is by Bobby Vidal and a soundtrack created by Cooper-Moore.

You can listen to the entire story for free right here on this page, or purchase it now for $1.99 at cdbaby.com. You can also search for the title on Spotify, I-Heart, Pandora and other internet radio stations.

Proopcast

SMITW_new_logo_libsynMy daughter Crystal Clear Waters and my friend Charlotte Taylor went to the live recording of this podcast on Friday night in Brooklyn. They gave Greg Proops a copy of my book Dreamscape, which he read from during the show. It was fun to listen to someone else read from the book!

Books
Books

He already knew a lot about Boedicea, (and Hypatia too for that matter, who apparently he also wrote about.) My book is still available for your holiday gift giving pleasure.

Boedicea was Bad

On Tuesday October 27 from 5-7pm I’ll be in Spartanburg, SC at the Hub City Bookshop to share some stories and poetry from Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference. If you’re in the area please come by and share a little of your time with me.

Here’s a little clip from a poem story about Queen Boedicea that I performed live on WBAI Radio with Bobby Vidal on upright bass back in the nineties in New York City. The animation is by my daughter Crystal Clear Waters.

How I got Started with Storytelling

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I was just sayin’…photo by John Fowler taken at the 14th Annual Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival

This past weekend I had fun sharing my story about Nicola Tesla at the 14th Annual Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival in Pickens.

I also listened to some of the other storytellers recount stories from their childhoods. John Fowler talked about a valuable lesson that he learned from his first grade teacher. Kim Weitkamp talked both humorously and tenderly about her father and family.  David Joe Miller told a short story at the end about how he got started with storytelling after he discovered some old family letters and discovered stories about his father, who died young. Listening to David I got to thinking about how I got started with storytelling.

The inspiration to tell stories and not just write them down, came about a decade before I actually began, when I was about eighteen or nineteen. I listened for the first time to a recording of Lord Buckley, who retold many familiar stories in what he called “hip semantic.” Lord Buckley, like me, was enamored with Jazz and the lingo of the Jazz musicians of his time, the 1950’s.

Continue reading “How I got Started with Storytelling”

Grandmother Spider

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This little snippet is from Episode One of the radio drama. The video was made by Crystal Clear Waters for #MarvelinaMonday on Instagram.

Boedicea was a Warrior Queen

I’m looking forward to telling these stories to live audiences again. “Homage to Boedicea,” from my book Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference, is one of my favorites. The video was created by Crystal Clear Waters.

Hypatia was a Leader

“Homage to Hypatia” is a poem published in the book Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference. The video is a collaboration with Crystal Clear Waters.

Hypatia’s Love Vibrations

Live on WBAI Radio around #1998, with Bobby Vidal playing upright bass. Homage to Hypatia is in my book Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference. Animation by Crystal Clear Waters.

Hypatia's Love Vibrations

Live on WBAI Radio around #1998, with Bobby Vidal playing upright bass. Homage to Hypatia is in my book Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference. Animation by Crystal Clear Waters.

When Hypatia of Alexandria Spoke

Hypatia was sharing philosophy in the streets of Alexandria when women weren’t supposed to show their faces.


Hypatia of Alexandria is included in the book Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference. The video was created by Crystal Clear Waters.