Black Hair Magic

[This story is taken from a book I’m self-publishing called ‘Impossible Things.’ The genre is magical realism. Thanks for reading! Full book coming soon. ❤ ]

A short story

By: Ashley Tiara Lilly

Black Hair Magic

It was a hot summer day but the air conditioning was cool. Abigail sat on her bed, flipping through a copy of her favorite magazine while eating from a pack of peach-flavored mints. She was wearing a new pair of denim shorts with her favorite white top that was decorated with lace.

She paused when she saw a picture of her favorite popstar, Daphne Moon, and circled it with a blue pen. Daphne wore red lipstick, a golden, glittery dress, and her smile was bright. What really stood out, though, was her hair, slicked back but still showing off her beautiful curls. Abigail snapped a picture with her smart phone and sent it to her best friend, Jayla, typing,

“Ugh she’s so perfect. Why can’t my hair look like that????”

There was a knock on the door and her mother walked in, carrying a brown box. She shook the box to get her attention, its contents rattling inside. As soon as Abigail heard it, she knew exactly what it was. She hopped out of bed and took the box in her hands, holding it to her chest like a long lost treasure.

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Like this story? Read the rest of it here 🙂

A couple of short stories I wrote are published on The Haunting of Sunshine Girl website :)

Check out the stories here:

http://thehauntingofsunshinegirl.com/scary-stories.php

And if you’re not familiar with The Haunting of Sunshine Girl YouTube channel or book series, be sure to check those out as well!! ❤ 🙂

A few of my favorite creative writing and art blogs

A couple of days ago, I wrote a post about online literary magazines. Today I’m gonna talk about creative writing and art blogs! Blogs are a great way to find poems, stories and artwork you’ll love. Here are twelve of my favorites:

StarsRainSunMoon – Also titled “Arrows & Metaphors.” This is one of my favorite blogs that I’ve stumbled upon on WordPress. The author posts lovely poems and photographs.

Very Short Fiction – I didn’t discover this blog until recently, but the title says it all. This blog is stories, stories, and more stories! The author has maintained this site since 2008. Check out his “The Author” page to learn a bit more about him.

‘V’ as in Vixen – Another WordPress blog, this author’s writings are relatable and emotional. You can’t read her work without feeling connected to her experiences.

Beautiful Hello – You guessed it, this blog is from WordPress too 🙂 The author shares her paintings, enjoyable insights, and thoughts on living a creative life.

The Mischief Memoirs  – The author of this site posts thought-provoking poetry and artwork. They also sell their artwork online.

Cameron D Hamilton – This author posts poetry, stories, thoughts, and more. His posts are relatable, honest, and often give insights into his everyday life.

Button Poetry – Button Poetry is a Tumblr blog that posts videos of performance poets.

Mindful Poems – Another Tumblr blog, this site posts beautiful poems that are also aesthetically pleasing.

Queer Poets – A blog with work by and for queer poets.

Erin Anastasia – Blog, vlog, same difference right? This vlogger makes poetry videos that are totally worth checking out.

Little Short Stories – Little stories, cute images, and adorable rhymes. Also powered by Tumblr.

Black Poets – A blog that features Black poets each week.

It’s impossible for me to list all the blogs I’ve liked. I follow so many talented people on WordPress alone. These are just a few that have inspired me. I hope you enjoy them too ❤

 

 

 

 

5 Online Literary Magazines To Read With Your Morning Coffee

The sun rises, you greet the day, and start your morning off with a nice cup of coffee. You have something good to eat, like a buttered roll, an egg sandwich, or strawberries with whipped cream. The only thing that could make this better would be having something lovely to read. These five online lit mags can make your morning even sweeter.

Carve Magazine – Named after short story writer and poet Raymond Carver, this magazine publishes beautiful short stories, poems, interviews, and more. In order to enjoy the full content, you have to purchase the magazine in print. However, the short stories, described as “honest fiction,” are free to read on their website.

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency is described as a “daily humor website.” The content published is funny, clever, and is sure to help you start your day with a smile.

The Barcelona Review – This magazine is special because it is published in four languages: English, Spanish, Catalan, and French. They publish charming fiction and essays. Be sure to check them out.

Sula Collective – This online magazine is “for & by people of colour.” They publish art, comics, film, music playlists, poetry, fiction, essays, and interviews. It’s a lovely example of how lit mags can promote a diverse range of artists.

Shimmer – Shimmer is a short story zine that seeks to publish work by writers from all walks of life. They encourage work from, but not limited to: “people of color, LBGTQIA, women, the impoverished, the elderly, and those with disabilities.” At the bottom right-hand corner of their home page, you can choose stories to read by category.

Bonus:

Rattle – Rattle is a popular magazine that publishes poetry and artwork. A new poem is featured daily on their website.

Shade Zine – This is not a literary magazine, but it’s still worth checking out. Published on Tumblr, this zine is about art, the culture surrounding it, interviews, and ideas.

Sometimes you need to start your day off with some art and inspiration. Finding a literary magazine you enjoy can help you do just that. If you fall in love with one of these zines, consider supporting them by buying print copies, subscribing, checking out their merchandise, or making a donation. Above all, read and enjoy ❤