Whimsical short story
With starlight, you can fly to the moon.
Willa didn’t grow up wanting to be a vegetable farmer. Unlike most rabbits, she wanted to be an artist and dreamed of becoming one of the moon rabbits from Mother’s stories; to soar through the sky and paint the constellations with them each night.
But the fields need maintaining, and the crops need harvesting. A rabbit has no reason to dream of the stars.
That is—until she sees one of those stars fall.
And like a beam of light she dashes after it, knowing that this could be the very key to helping her unlock a path to the moon. If she could gather enough stars, she could make a star-ladder and climb her way to the sky. But Mother warns her that fallen stars are the fragile remains of an abandoned wish, and when one dies in Willa’s paws, a crippling, dark force awakens.
Its name is WORRY, and it’s one purpose is to keep Willa from fulfilling her dreams.
A Rising Star is a whimsical, illustrated novelette targeted for YA readers. At its core, it’s a tale about overcoming self-doubt to realize your true creative potential. Willa is a relatable character for anyone who longs to break out of the traditional 9-5 day job to pursue a career they’re passionate about, all the while struggling to overcome the risks, challenges, and fears of uncertainty.
A Rising Star is currently in progress with updates frequently posted on Patreon.
It’s currently set to be released in 2020.