Hanalan's Forest

by Thomas G. Fairbairn



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/7/2007

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 154
ISBN : 9781425134518

About the Book

The eagle's evil shriek pierces the minds and hearts of all in Hanalan's Forest. A few take time to warn the others; most make a mad run for cover; some, like Yon, are paralyzed with fear.

Frown is the first to sound the warning. This big-eared raccoon is one of the better knowledge gatherers in the forest. But even he does not know how Yon has vanished so quickly, so completely.

Solomon, The Wise, soars high above Lone Pine to get a bearing on the elder brother's den. This past evening he has found Fluff, their mother, shivering on the banks of the river.

She is a good story teller, but Solomon does not believe her. He circles, watching her eyes. She looks directly at him only when he speaks. This worrying and fretting about her youngest cub leaves her with no energy to help herself get well.

After the Sharing (when what only the one knew is known to all) they are all in agreement: Tull must find his younger brother, Yon, and bring him home!

His return could sway the balance.

About the Author

The authour is a closet writer until about nine. At that age he begins a relentless campaign against his own mother no less, stalking her around the house, reading her tortuously long passages from his latest love poem, short story or, the one she dreads the most, a great idea for a book.

She is his only audience. The masochist writer in him begs for a response. It comes suddenly, brief and brutal. "I don't know, Son," she begins and pauses to look theatrically up at the ceiling. "I just can't figure it out, Milton (her little joke!) if it is your writing or the reading of your writing that bothers me most."

And here she backs up a pace, stands swaying drunkenly (authour's little joke!) over the authour to deliver her summation: "This stuff just ain't cooked, Sweetheart. Your reader wants to hear, see, smell, taste, feel the flowers and the blood. These are very good descriptions."

The author runs headlong back into the closet.

He has since lived in closets in Los Angeles, Boston, and Seoul, South Korea. He has earned his living as a free-lance journalist, a salesperson, a factory worker, and a teacher. A short story, "Welcome to the Pit," was anthologized in a book, "Getting By" published by Bottom Dog Press.

He currently is developing a great idea for a book in a closet in Toronto, Canada.