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Free to Enjoy – Stories and Poetry

Short Stories set in the Brassbright Universe 

The Steamkettle Kids and the Lucky Tentacles
After a hurricane shakes up Steamkettle Bay, Paisley Pockets, Christopher Cogan and Jimmy Cupper have an adventure as big as the sea.
(For Ages 10 to 16)

Hide and Go Eeek!
Twelve-year olds Wilhelmina, Priscilla and Henry are best friends, looking for an adventure in Brassbright City.  They found more than they asked for.
(For Ages 10 to 16)

Other Short Stories

Trolling For Answers
When your entire village is built on top of a giant stone book being held by an even bigger giant stone troll… you have questions. And little Humphrey is asking them.
(For Ages 10 to Adults)
Audio version also available – look further down this page


My poem, “Ode to Ladybugs”, was submitted to Very Bad Poetry a decade ago under my avatar’s name, Ceejay Writer. Sadly, that site has since demised. But back in October of 2012, they produced a dramatic, tear-wrenching reading, featuring actor Ian Delaney. I discovered it by accident at YouTube while searching for something else! Let’s drive up the Likes and make the video a Comeback Kid, whaddyasay?

Ode to Ladybugs

Ah! Flightful tiny orbs with a turtle wax shell
Miniscule red Volkswagens motoring through the air
Though no one feels the pull to yell ‘slug-bug’
(I pause to lament the passing of road trip tradition, that.)

How graceful you are, hurling around the lampshade
As a moon would circle its soul-mated planet
Until the entangling nebula of bug spray surrounds you
Heralding the end of your orbit, your life.

Now you are hurtling to the ground
Though no startling crater will you leave on the rug
Nothing to note your passing
As the almighty Hoover passes it’s dark cloud over you.

And you are gone.
Ah! But reincarnation is your forte
No sooner can we rejoice in your absence
When you return, cloned and cloned again.

Bug without end, Amen and Amen.

Lori Alden Holuta – 2006

Poetry About Tea: “Tisane, Tisain’t” and “Four Shades of Tea”
Two smart/silly poems about tea, written for and read aloud at The Grand Tea during 2016’s AnomalyCon
(For Ages 16 to Adults)

Audio Productions

Trolling For Answers
Broadcast on Fantasy Faire Radio

(For All Ages)
Learn more about Fantasy Faire – Held annually as a Benefit for the American Cancer Society

This story is set in Trollhaugen, which appeared in the Fairelands in 2019. Once Upon a Time, as all the best stories begin, there was a Troll, and there was a girl, and there was a story.  And it came to pass that the troll became the land, and the land became the story, drifting into Fairelands Literary Festival Legend. Trolling for Answers by Ceejay Writer, is read by MadamThespian Underhill and Caledonia Skytower. Music included in this production was licensed from Audioblocks.