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May 2022 Muse

May 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 May 3, 2022

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

Next Board Meeting: May 10, 2022

Newsletter Submission Deadline: May 27, 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 May 18, 2022

Children's Creative Writing Workshop

Second Thursday of each month

Next Meeting May 12, 2022

Reply to the link on our Website

This Month's Submissions

A Magical Ring by Mandy Eve-Barnett

Prince Ellon looked upward and saw his father’s castle standing atop the steep crag. Its walls were honed from the very cliff face. Dark grey slabs towering above him as he walked the sandy beach below. His father’s insistence that he take a wife, weighed heavily upon him. There were many beautiful young women all too eager to become his betrothed, but he was reluctant. None were willing to dirty their clothes on the beach or abandon them for a swim in the sea. He found their lack of spirit and their trifling concerns boring. Why could he not find a woman with a more adventurous spirit?

As he kicked the damp sand a glistening object flew forth and landed a few feet away. Puzzled the Prince picked it up to find a bronze ring made in the shape of a mermaid. It was a most unusual ring, so he placed it upon his finger to admire it all the more. Once the ring encircled his knuckle, a waterspout began to rise from the waves and foam. The Prince watched in astonishment as the water twisted and curled, gradually forming into a woman’s upper body and a fish’s tail. What witchcraft is this? He tried removing the ring, but it stuck fast. The water ceased its swirling and the Prince looked upon the most beautiful face he had ever seen.

“You have been granted your wish, young Prince. Behold your wife.”

“I have not made any such wish.”

“Did you not want a wife who would swim in the sea with you, a wife who will also wander along the beach with you?”

“Those were my private thoughts. I did not speak them aloud.”

“The ring hears your thoughts and grants you the wishing of them.”

“If that is so then how could you walk with only that tail?”</