A. L. Paradiso Talks About Dragon Tales
~~~ Vacation Letter From Io ~~~
The smallest stalagmites they allow us to touch are coarse, layered, and fragile. They make the oddest high-pitch sounds that echo when they snap. Sorry Disney. Happily, they regrow quickly here. But I believe the aspect you will love most is the live dragons.
We are privileged to ride five aboard, with the guardian/trainer. She had us introduce ourselves to Kirr, her dragon. Imagine my surprise when he greeted us telepathically using our names and told us it was his pleasure to fly us. Isn’t that amazing? He’s so polite and personable. The dragon’s skin is so very warm, it's intensely exciting to sit on. Their skin is supple and not armored, yet tough to injure. They smell of warm coconut and lizard hide sweat—a surprisingly pleasant aroma.
When I thought about the pleasant scent of his skin, Kirr shocked me by replying in my head. “I am pleased you enjoy my scent. I must tell you, much of it comes from the moisturizing oil my rider rubs into me every day. She takes very good care of me. I have told her your comments. No need to speak aloud. Just think my name and I will hear your thoughts. Thank you, rider Joe.”
Isn’t that amazing, Leena? There was so much I wanted to ask, but I was afraid of distracting him.
ABOUT A. L. PARADISO
Born in Europe, English is his second language, following Italian—then Latin, Pig Latin, French and assorted computer languages.
He managed a series of oil company outlets; ran two of his own; became a mechanic, then truck driver, did direct sales; became a Field Engineer for mainframe computers. After ten years he switched to software and worked ten more years, receiving worldwide acclaim, as a System Programmer.
In college, he took a dislike to writing of any kind and swore never to try that again. Well, some years later, influenced by Babylon 5's creator and his own pressure to write about two traumatic events, he turned to creative writing. As of 2018, he has shared 126 published stories with others. We suppose he's one of those who just can't keep a job!
An internationally published author, instructor, storyteller
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Published Work by A. L. Paradiso
PRACTICE My Son in https://short-edition.com/en/dispensers American Library Association; dispensing machines https://short-edition.com/en/story/1-min/practice-my-son
Seth's Talks in "Flash Fiction Addiction" anthology.
Crossed Wires / GUA No. 8 print
Super Power in "Blaze: The Inner Circle Writers' Group Flash Fiction Anthology" available as an ebook and print edition.
Windy Paris in "BEYOND, Dark Drabbles #4"
Dragon Tales Collection: Available at Barnes & Noble, fnac (780 outlets), Amazon; Overdrive and eight other international outlets now including Apple Books.
Big Bang Explained: in Tempest: The Inner Circle Writers' Group Science Fiction and Fantasy Anthology 2019! In paperback and Kindle
I WILL NOT FEAR: REEDSY contest.
EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE has been accepted for GLEAM: The Inner Circle Writers’ Group Second Flash Fiction Anthology 2019. In paperback and Kindle