“Cocked” Has Flown the Coop

Cover image: Stacy Beatty

My short story “Cocked” is now available for purchase and download to your Kindle or Kindle App on Amazon.

It’s probably a thirty minute or so read, but I think it’s a one-of-a-kind story. Here’s the blurb:

How far would you go to defy cultural norms?

Each year on the 15th of May, a nameless Hmong woman rewrites the account of how she escaped the cultural roles she was expected to play. Each year the account becomes more true.

I have worked on this story for several years now, off and on. I tried to get one form or the other of it published in the traditional outlets, but to no avail. Don’t let that dissuade you from purchasing it, though. After implementing some great feedback from several beta-readers, I am pleased with the current version.

The inspiration for this story came from a Hmong folktale called “The Woodcutter, His Cock, and His Wife,” about a wife who defends her husband’s beating her. The folktale is retold in my story by the nameless Hmong woman, so I won’t repeat it here, but the “moral” is that a “good wife” should cover her husband’s sins.

While I agree that is a good principle in the broadest possible general theory, I believe that some sins or criminal acts must come to light, or be escaped from. My nameless Hmong woman certainly thinks so.

I want to thank my wife, Shoua, for encouraging me to write stories that engage issues in the Hmong community. I also want to thank Stacy Beatty for the wonderful cover design.

I hope it’s as thought-provoking a story for you as it has been for me. Enjoy!

Author: Michael Andrew Ellis

I write literary fiction at the confluence of Mormonism, Hmong culture, and the human condition. Here on my blog I write about Mormon arts and letters, Hmong history and culture, classic and contemporary literature, existentialism, and my journey as a writer.

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