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March 2022 Muse

March 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 March 1, 2022

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

Next Board Meeting: March 8, 2022

Newsletter Submission Deadline: March 28, 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 March 16, 2022

Children's Creative Writing Workshop

Second Thursday of each month

Next Meeting March 10, 2022

Reply to the link on our Website

This Month's Submissions

Sewn Wish by Mandy Eve-Barnett

Rachel smiled as her grandmother patted the seat beside her. This was Rachel’s most favourite place in the world. Up close to Grandma Posy and in her lavender-scented sewing room, converted from a spare bedroom in the old Victoria house. The sun always seemed to shine through the large bay window. Rachel sat transfixed watching her grandmother’s fingers deftly dart the needle back and forth through yards of fabric. It was a warm comforting place to be and no matter what type of costume Rachel asked for, Grandma was able to make it to perfection. Silks, satins, cotton or even gauze were no problem for the expert fingers and skill her grandmother possessed.

This particular costume was very special, as Rachel wanted to impress her new boyfriend at a fancy dress party. All her school friends had been excitedly telling her what they would be wearing. There were the usual princess’ and glamour girl outfits but Rachel really wanted to stand out. She had pondered many options but none were good enough. Danny had to gasp when she descended the stairs. Eventually, frustration drove her to Grandma Posy.

“Grandma, I need your help.”

“Well, of course, my darling, what can I do?”

"I need a costume that will be unique for a party but all I can think of are the mundane mermaids, vampires, and princesses. They are all so boring.”

“Let’s put our thinking caps on then.”

Now Rachel sat contentedly watching a gossamer garment form into a sparkling vision. As her Grandma attached star-shaped crystals and sequins, Rachel’s excitement grew. She was confident in the knowledge that no one else would be a shooting star at the party.