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July 2022 Muse

July 2022

“Read, read, read. Read everything  —  trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.” — William Faulkner

Editor's Note:

The Strathcona Writers Muse is a forum for members of the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County to provide an opportunity for members to publish their works. Anything published in our letter is eligible to receive a publishing credit. We accept poems and short stories of 1000 words or less normally but longer pieces can be accommodated if they can be published in parts. We are always in need of new items for each month so don't hesitate if you have something we can put into our publication.

Send submissions to care of Henry Martell, editor.

Important Dates

Writers Circle Virtual Sharing Meeting online

Next date July 5, 2022

RSVP on the website and the link will be emailed to you prior to the meeting.

Next Board Meeting: July 12, 2022

Newsletter Submission Deadline: July 25, 2022

Poets in the Park

Poets in the park meets the third Wednesday of every month online.

Reply to the link on the WFSC website

Next scheduled meeting July 20, 2022

Children's Creative Writing Workshop

Second Monday of each month

Next Meeting July 11, 2022

Reply to the link on our Website

This Month's Submissions

Art of Expression by Mandy Eve-Barnett

Expression of creativity

Idea to form

Flows from mind to medium

Ability to transform

Clay molded and shaped

Paint spread with brushes

Textiles sewn to garment

Metal bent and hammered

Paper folded and creased

Words tumble imagination

Flora arranged and displayed

Baubles and beads strung

Wool knotted on needles

Cross stitches forming scenes

Pencils drawn cross paper

Hook twisting threads

Wax shaped and scented

Scraps into stories

Soap shaped and marbled

Creativity is the key

Explore and calm

Reside within

Soul’s joy

Little Light

There was a little light

At the end of my tear

The path that I had taken

Had taken me here

It was a path of pain and

Such wear

But I strove on

With persistence

And held on with fear

Each day I fought my breath

The agony filled me

With dread

I had lost my love

From the day we had wed

But did I find me

Now that I’m here

I look to that light

At the end of my tear.

Scharie Hilton.

Superior Repairs by Mandy Eve-Barnett

The clock ticked loudly in the empty shop, echoing its minute hands movement. Fred stood in the dark reliving the many customers he’d helped over the years, fixing radios, irons, bicycles, and food mixers. Familiar faces smiled as they greeted him laden with objects large and small, lifting some onto the counter, while others were rolled or pushed through the shop door. Now the closed sign was permanent. Fred’s fixing days were over. Retirement stretched ahead of him even though he’d postponed it for over two decades. At eighty years old, his fingers were no longer dexterous and his failing eyesight poor, even with the large magnifying glass to assist. He would miss the smiles, the conversation and the servicing but knew times had changed and now most people just bought new instead of fixing something.

He turned running his hand over the dusty counter one last time and put the key in the lock. The realtor greeted him with a smile, hand outstretched for the key.

“You were an institution Mr, Dobbs and one my parents and I cherished. We brought many items to you to fix and every time you made them work. That is a true gift.”

“Thank you for saying that, it makes my heart a little lighter.”

“What are your plans now, if I may ask?”

“I have a nice condo on the ground floor with a patio overlooking a playground. I will while away my days watching the youngsters and wondering how they will live. My daughter bought me a gadget so I can listen to books and of course there is my bridge club. I will not be quite so busy but at my age maybe that’s best.”

“Well, I wish you all the best and will keep you updated on the sale of the shop. Before you go I thought you might like to keep this.”

Fred looked down and saw the plaque from the door frame in the young man’s hand. F. Dobbs –Superior Repairs.

“Well, that is a kind thought and I will put it in pride of place on the mantle. Thank you.”

This is in response to a Saturday Writing Prompt Create a Cocktail. This is mine.

I created a cocktail with a zesty kick as I enjoy citrus tastes.

The VCL Cocktail

Glass: Flute


Vodka - 1 shot

Cointreau – 1 shot

Sprite - to top of flute

Lime juice – half a lime

Slice of lime

Mandy Eve-Barnett

'If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write' - Stephen King

What Are You Reading?

The Muse wants to know what other writers are reading! Are you doing research for a story? Are you reading a great book that you want to tell others about? E-mail the editor and let us know about your book.

The Smart One by Jennifer Close

A glimpse into a family's thoughts, their interactions and events that cause friction, reassessment and belonging. Well crafted characters that you will become involved with, finding some similarities within your own family dynamics, others far from your experience. Mandy Eve-Barnett TASTE: MY LIFE THROUGH FOOD (2021) by Stanley Tucci

Review by Lana O’Neill

Everyone loves Italian food! This was apparent when I hastily scanned the pages of Stanley Tucci’s recent memoir, Taste: My Life Through Food. Italian influenced recipes were scattered throughout the book and I couldn’t wait to see the standouts he chose to include and possibly try out for myself (maybe not the stiff drinks). It was like having dessert before the main course. Yum! But, as I immersed myself in this intimate telling of the foods that defined various stages of this actor’s life, I realized that I had merely sampled an aperitif, so to speak. Stories and food are a successful pairing and for good reason. Both can be enjoyed with family, friends and even strangers while imprinting everlasting memories easily and often times, unexpectedly conjured up by the faintest aroma connected to a moment in time. Tucci goes back to his childhood and through the years with astonishing clarity, deadpan humor and human insight resulting in an entertaining main course that left me wanting more by the time I finished the last page. I guess that’s what the recipes are for, including the Martini, Negroni and Old- Fashioned!

Publications available from our foundation. Anyone can purchase these works through our website at


We are excited to announce new publications through the Foundation.

The winner's of the children's creative writing contest in 2020 and 2021 have been compiled into a book. It will be at a special price until September 30th. Link:

“Creative Writing Workshop Facilitators Kelsey Hoople and Mike Deregowski challenge you to participate in national poetry month.” As part of Poetry Month for April 2020, the challenge was to write to the overall theme - The Great Escape. A different title posted each day provided inspiration for writing a poem a day for thirty days. It was a challenge worth taking up as many of the participants could no longer meet in person due to COVID-19 measures, but they could support one another online! This collection of poetry includes submissions from qualifying WFSC members for 2020. Challenge yourself! Enjoy!

“Creative Writing Workshop Facilitators Kelsey Hoople and Mike Deregowski challenge you to participate in national poetry month.” As part of Poetry Month for April 2021, the challenge was to write to the overall theme - When Life Changes. A different title posted each day provided inspiration for writing a poem a day for thirty days. Amidst the COVID-19 challenge, getting creative was an outlet for our writing group, which enjoyed connecting online and being inspired. This collection of poetry includes submissions from qualifying WFSC members for 2021. Challenge yourself! Enjoy!

Available for purchase:

DWP WFSC's publication prior to the Writing Prompts book shares stories of Canadian writers.

We write from the heart about people who are important and things dear to us.

We write with a spirit that leads us to explore and explain.

We write. We are passionate.

We are Canadian.

Postcards from Canada proudly features the words of members from the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County in celebration of being Canadian – during this 150th year of Confederation. Share with us as we take you on a journey across Canada with our words, our images, our verse, our prose… Postcards from Canada - Wish you were here! Get your copy for $14.95 through the following:

Amazon POD:

Available for purchase:

Writers Foundation of Strathcona County 2021 - 2022 Board Members and contact information:

Joe McKnight President Bethany Horne Vice President Never Been Better - Editor Linda Pedley Treasurer Web Site Administration 780-445-0991 Mandy Barnett Secretary Writing Circle Host/ Writing Prompts/ Newsletter Editor Karen Probert Past President 780-464-6632 Beth Rowe Director Your Lifetime of Stories Coordinator 780-718-7253 Henry Martell Director Newsletter Coordinator Pamela J. Winter Director Poets in the Park Co-ordinator Amanda O'Driscoll Director Instagram Coordinator Library Liaison

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