#FallWritingFrenzy Contest Entry: A Different Kind of Magic

I am super excited (beyond excited) to announce that I am a #FallWritingFrenzy contestant this year. Below is the image I selected to inspire my story, A Different Kind of Magic.

Fall-Credit: Julia Solonia/Unsplash

A Different Kind of Magic is based on my personal experience moving from Puerto Rico to Germany when I was 23 years old. Still, it is from the point of view of a Puerto Rican little girl discovering the existence and beauty of the Fall season. I hope you enjoy it!

A Different Kind of Magic

Mami, Papi, and I go for a walk in our new neighborhood. I can’t spell its name because I don’t know German yet. The buildings look old, and the air is crisp. We didn’t have to wear coats and scarves in Puerto Rico. A yellow blanket covers the road.

“It’s gold!” I say.
“What?” asks Mami.
“There’s gold everywhere on the road. Can’t you see it?” I say.
“Ohh, those are leaves. Lots and lots of leaves fell to the ground and covered the road,” Mami says.
“Why?” I ask.
“Look up,” Papi says.

The trees are full of yellow, orange, brown, and red leaves. I’ve never seen something this strange and beautiful.

“What’s wrong with the trees?” I ask.
“Nothing is wrong with the trees. It’s Fall,” Papi says.
“The days get shorter, there’s less sunlight, and it gets colder during Fall. So, the leaves change colors and fall. It’s like magic.” Mom says.
“I didn’t see Fall in Puerto Rico,” I say.
“Puerto Rico’s sunny and warm all year long. The trees are green all the time, and the leaves don’t fall this much. It’s a different kind of magic,” Papi says.

12 thoughts on “#FallWritingFrenzy Contest Entry: A Different Kind of Magic

  1. From Puerto Rico to Germany! Wow! This is a wonderful story to go with this picture. I don’t know if you already know this, but I learned from reading another Fall Frenzy post that this church is actually IN GERMANY, so how magical is it that this picture spoke to you for this story? I think it’s fate. Good luck to you, Yolimari! –Melisa Wrex @mowrex (Twitter)

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    1. I didn’t know it. Yes, from Puerto Rico to Germany, and it is based on my experiences. I lived in Germany for more than five years. I miss it, so I guess that’s why the picture spoke to me. Thanks!


  2. This is such a lovely story, Yolimari! ‘There’s gold everywhere on the road’ is my favourite part because it shows us the beauty in how children see and experience things for the first time. And I love that it’s based on your own experiences ❤

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  3. Beautiful!! I’m familiar with childhood moves where the environment is totally different. Great job! Your imagery and voice are perfect in this piece!

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  4. Beautiful story, Yolimari ❤️ Congratulations on your win 🥳🎉 I got to visit Munich a few years ago. I hope I get to see the place during fall season some day.


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