How Funny the World Would Be

Please see the opportunity to be a Beta Reader for this story after this short excerpt.

A Day in the Shade

Of a Tickletoe Tree

By Russ Towne

One day in the shade of a Tickletoe Tree

Clyde and I slurped Burzleberry Tea

and thought how funny the world would be

if a snail had a tail that curled like a pig,

and Bald-Headed Eagles liked to wear wigs?

Or if hippos had unicorn horns?

would they be called hippocorns?

What if books had no words

but flew around like humming birds?

Or if the word “please”

made us sneeze?

Would “thank you” and “bless you” be the same,

or would they stay different names?

(End of excerpt.)

(C) Copyright 2015 Russ Towne

All Rights Reserved

I’m offering the opportunity for you to become a better reader for this book.

The Beta Reader(s) would read one or more drafts of this story and provide honest critiques of various aspects of it, such as:

I loved these parts just as they are…

These parts don’t work for me, for these reasons (specify). I recommend you change/eliminate/replace them…

Too long/or short…

I think it would work best for this (specify) age range…


While I always enjoy positive feedback, Beta Readers also provide important additional information that can help me to improve my stories. That means helping me to identify the weaker aspects of the story.

I may even dedicate this book to the most helpful Beta Readers.

Anyway, hopefully you get the idea. Please let me know if you are interested in being a Beta Reader for this story and I’ll be happy to send a full draft of it to you. (Don’t worry, it’s currently only 408 words long.)

Thank you!

With Love,


About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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6 Responses to How Funny the World Would Be

  1. You know I’m happy to give it a read through

  2. utesmile says:

    Ok … here is one comment. I think it should read- if the word please… not plural words….
    :-)might have been a typo?

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