Essay — Musing by the fountain

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For more than a decade the burbling fountain served as our Muse. The soft, gentle murmur of falling water inspired our stories The SkyHorse, Dream Stealer, and Jack and The Fountain of Youth.

But last night the gurgle-guggle fell silent.

Daylight revealed three tiers were now two, and amid the broken pottery the tracks of a large, and apparently thirsty, raccoon.

What to do? Replace? Repair? Revise?

Since we’re writers, revision seemed the right choice.

But who knew revising a fountain would be more labor intensive than revising a story?

Yet, tonight as the sun sets, our fount sports two tiers instead of three and cool water splashes again. However, the gurgling harmony sounds slightly off key —

— Which means it may take a few more hours for us to reconnect with our Muse.

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***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

Fiction by HL Carpenter:

Jack and The Fountain of Youth. Some people say the Fountain of Youth is a myth. Jack Ponsi Dileonardo Thomas knows better.

The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven is a killer. Septuagenarian sleuth Emma Twiggs navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives to discover who has a cause for murder.

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