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. Continue reading

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

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Mark and the Queen Fish Book Trailer 3

Now available for your reading pleasure.

Mark and the Queen Fish , the first book in The Magic Path Series, is available now in print and as an e-book, exclusively at Amazon.com. You can read it for free with KindleUnlimited. The print book is available on Amazon Prime. If you enjoy the story please consider posting a review at Amazon.

Mark and the Queen Fish Book Trailer 2

Now available for your reading pleasure.

Mark and the Queen Fish , the first book in The Magic Path Series, is available now in print and as an e-book, exclusively at Amazon.com. You can read it for free with KindleUnlimited. The print book is available on Amazon Prime. If you enjoy the story please consider posting a review at Amazon.

Mark and the Queen Fish Book Trailer 1

Now available for your reading pleasure.

Mark and the Queen Fish , the first book in The Magic Path Series, is available now in print and as an e-book, exclusively at Amazon.com. You can read it for free with KindleUnlimited. The print book is available on Amazon Prime. If you enjoy the story please consider posting a review at Amazon.

Mark and the Queen Fish

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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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!

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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.

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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.

Dreamscape Now Available as an e-book

The second edition of Dreamscape: Real Dreams Really Make a Difference is now available in your favorite e-book format. For now it is available exclusively at the bookbaby store.

The print cover of Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference second edition.

The print cover of Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference second edition.

Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference


Book Cover for the Second Edition of Dreamscape

The cover to the forthcoming second edition of Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference

The cover to the forthcoming second edition of Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference

The second edition of Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference, will be released in March in print and as an e-book.

The book is a collection of biographical short stories and poetry about fascinating people in history. I developed the collection of stories in performance during years of storytelling in all kinds of venues. There are several pieces in the second edition that were not included in the first.

I’m excited to do some more storytelling when this book comes out. In the meantime, here’s the book cover! If you click on the pic, you can see it full size.

Mella now available on i-Tunes

For those of you looking for wholesome ways for your children to use their i-Tunes gift card, Mella and the Python Healer is now available on i-Tunes for $1.99.

You can preview the entire streaming file on the player below. You can also click the link on the player to purchase the same sound file for only .99 at cdbaby.com.

Mella and the Python Healer

Click on the Play button above to listen to the entire story…

You can also buy it at Amazon or iTunes or request it on Spotify or wherever you like to listen to music.

The ancient story of a young African woman who demonstrates her courage when she seeks the python healer to save her father’s life, was the one that I got the most feedback on from audiences during my storytelling days. It is still one of my personal favorites.

I read the original story in an anthology by Merlin Stone entitled “Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood A Treasury of Goddess and Heroine Lore from Around the World.” She uncovered the story in her extensive research of ancient womanhood, and gave a brief recounting of “Mella.”

As a storytelIer I have developed a repertoire of stories about fascinating people in history. Of all the stories from around the world that are collected in Ms. Stone’s fascinating volume, the story of Mella stuck with me, and I was inspired to share it, using my imagination to fill in some of the details. Ms. Stone was gracious to give me the rights to publish my version of the story in Dreamscape: Real Dreams Really Make A Difference. The second edition is now available as an e-book, and soon to be available for print orders as well.

I had the opportunity to tell the story on WBAI Radio back in the nineties, with the assistance of Paul Ruest who engineered, and with accompaniment on the upright bass by Bobby Vidal. I rediscovered this recording recently while going through my files and was taken in by the story all over again.

Courage and honor and faithfulness never get old, and the story of this African girl who becomes a queen, remains as vibrant and relevant today as it was centuries ago, and may even be the origin of the medical symbol of the serpent still used today.

It’s been a few months since I posted anything because I have been obsessed with writing my novel “Marvelina” that I am happy to say is nearing completion.  So I thought I would take a little breather and make this story available.

At ninety nine cents for thirteen and a half minutes, it’s a great deal, and will entertain people of all ages.