Essay — Musing by the fountain

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The burbling fountain is a Carpenter Country muse. The soft, gentle murmur of falling water inspired The SkyHorse, Dream StealerJack and The Fountain of Youth, and other stories.

But last night the gurgle-guggle fell silent.

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

What to do? Replace? Repair? Revise?

Revision seemed the natural choice.

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

Tonight as the sun sets, the re-imagined magical fount sports two tiers instead of three and cool water splashes once again. However, the gurgling harmony now sings a slightly different tune.

Will future stories be different as well?

What inspires you?





HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction 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. Visit Carpenter Country at



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