I’m ecstatic to announce that I have officially downloaded Maddie’s Tattoo, the Awaken short story, on AMAZON, KOBO, and NOOK. Each site claims it can take up to twenty-four hours for a book to become available, but in the ludicrous speed world of the internet, they are most likely available now (a day early, yes, you’re welcome). This short story will not be available in print. Also, at this point there is only an English translation available. So, to all of my wonderful international readers, you will have to pick your way through the English version, or find a friend that can read English and make them read it to you! Reading stories out loud is the best way to hear them anyway.
Here is a quick background into the inspiration for this short story:
When I was fourteen years old, during my freshman year of high school, I went on a class trip to tour the Art Institute of Chicago. It was the first time I had ever left the state limits without my parents. I loved that I could walk around without anyone watching over my shoulder, checking up on me, or looking after me. I loved being in a big city—the people, the energy, the bustle. I loved the art paintings. They invited me to walk around in worlds beyond the scope of my imagination. They told so many stories. They broadened my safe, sheltered life. And they made me crave more. They made me wonder what was beyond my small town limits, my high school, the only world I ever knew. That museum, in a way, woke me up just like it wakes up Maddie in this story. I realized how much I was missing. I wanted to feel more, I wanted to experience. I wanted to grow. Best of all, I wanted to imagine a life different from my own.
So, that is the inspiration for this piece. I hope you enjoy it. And, you will most likely want to reread it after you read Still Point. You’ll find out why.