“All the reading she had done had given her a view of life they had never seen.”

Roald Dahl, Matilda


Blossom is a flower-loving dragon who lives in a village full of people. Every day she gives her flowers away in hopes of making a friend. When she catches a cold, her world is turned upside down. Is Blossom destined to be alone, or will her wish come true?

The little stop sign is proud to do his job, but as years pass and he sees how lonely his stretch of the road is, he can’t help but wish he was doing something more important. Then one day, the little stop sign sees a duckling is in danger, and realizes he is right where he was meant to be.

Little Thougts Press is a new children’s magazine written by both children and adults. I have a short story and poem in this issue, and a short story in their winter issue.


The Joplin Writers’ Guild presents for your reading enjoyment an eclectic anthology of short stories, creative nonfiction, and poetry. This multi-genre collection is set in the Four States area, which includes Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas. All contributing authors live in this same area of the country. Some are traditionally published authors of renown, and others are making their first venture into this delightful world of authorship.

The short pieces are arranged by season and include, among many others, a touching account of the May 22nd, 2011 Joplin tornado, a poem about the haunted Kendrick House in Carthage, Missouri, sweet romance, and even two science fiction short stories.


For our first short story competition, Indignor House chose the concept of being indignant or owning an attitude. Our authors did not disappoint us. Through these voices, the conceptualization of life took shaped within the lines of the stories you are about to read. Our reality of what we experience and how we react may vary. However, at the same time, the truth reflects that we are all quite the same. And perhaps … what is written within these pages is a truth that we must accept and respect.