Abel James Williams, born April 29, 2013, was a compassionate, intelligent, and courageous boy. He loved outdoor activities, race cars, animals, documentaries, and sitting quietly for hours building intricate structures out of any material available. Abel was a natural-born leader, inspiring his friends and everyone who met him, and entertaining them with his vibrant sense of humor. Although Abel was diagnosed with a type of cancer called Neuroblastoma, he never felt sorry for himself and continued to see the best in the world. We should all be more like Abel! Abel was a warrior and fought his cancer valiantly. He passed away on January 20, 2018, but he will be remembered forever by those who knew him. This book commemorates his spirit and the lessons he taught by example. Abel’s family is donating all proceeds to Neuroblastoma research.
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The Many Adventures of Mya
Mya J. Corigliano was born in Rome, NY, on May 8, 2016. She had a passion for life and was always smiling. She will be remembered for her mischievous smile, beautiful blue eyes, and messy hair. Her strength and fearlessness made her a true superhero, who courageously battled cancer. She went to join the angels on December 19, 2017. This book celebrates her life. All proceeds go to the family.
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Don’t forget that I’ll be signing copies of “Super Cooper Saves the Day” today at Shop 607 at the Oakdale Mall, Johnson City, NY. I’ll be there from 1-3pm. If you plan to grab a copy at the store, arrive early because supplies are limited. More books can always be purchased at Amazon.com. I’m excited to meet Super Cooper fans!
Jitter Issue 6
“King’s Tavern Blues” is an early story that I had forgotten, frankly. So it was a true surprise to learn that Jitter would be including it in their 6th issue of short stories. Not a tale for the faint of heart! Please consider buying a paperback copy of the issue here.
My story “The Red Colossus” appeared at Storyland Literary Review this summer. This short piece concerns a pair of couples and the souring of their vacation at a beach resort. Read it here.
The Yellow Book: Dark Tarn of Auber, Sizza’s Clippaz, Twisted Soul: and Other Terrors: Original Horror, Weird Fiction, and Ghost Stories (Oldstyle Tales Original Fiction) (Volume 6)
My horror story “Sizza’s Clippaz” appears in the Yellow Booke Journal, Volume 6. The publisher planned to create an illustration for my story, but was gracious enough to allow my son, Oliver, to produce something instead. With sincere objectivity, I say Oliver’s piece is the best in the book. Thank you to Grant Kellermeyer for making this proud-papa moment possible–and for publishing my story. ‘Tis joy squared.
Fabula Argentea 5th Anniversary Anthology
I am honored to have my story, “Rastaghosta,” included first in Fabula Argentea’s online issue this past July, and then in their fifth anniversary anthology in print. FA is a rare publisher that not only compensates their authors, but also explains publicly why the work was chosen. Here’s what they said about my story:
Super Cooper Saves the Day
Written & Illustrated by Russell Richardson
In late September, a Room to Heal / Make-A-Wish volunteer asked if I could illustrate a poster for a sick little boy. She explained that 4-year old Cooper Busch was born with Down Syndrome and is battling Leukemia. My heart strings sufficiently tugged, I offered to create a book instead–one which would not only celebrate Cooper, but could be used as a fund-raising tool.
Super Cooper Saves the Day is the result.
Poems for Children
Written by Larry H. Richardson; Illustrated by Russell Richardson
For my father’s 70th birthday, I collected poetry he’d written many years ago, illustrated it, and produced this book (available on Amazon).
Lately I’ve been working to complete a long project. A book, I dare say. Between writing and doing work that pays the bills, I’ve ignored this blog. It’s a shame. I enjoy publishing an article and seeing if anyone notices.
Unexpectedly this morning, however, a loud idea for a posting struck. The article could be composed quickly, without great imposition on my regular schedule. And the piece would be about spirituality, a topic not previously addressed here. The promise of a new subject was refreshing.
What inspired me? Synchronous readings. Coincidences usually trigger my “Is it odd or God?” response. They alert me to take notice, as if the Universe is winking at me.
So it was with this morning’s spark.