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Enticing the Muse

The Muse News

Feb. 13, 2022

Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash

Okay, so I’m going to try this again. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not very good with newsletters. I can write a story, a poem, or an op-ed piece without much worry. But I try to do a newsletter and I forget how to use the English language.

One of the things I want to do in order to maintain this newsletter is to have a plan. I know, sounds like a duh moment, but… *points to self*. Anyway, I’m hoping to make this work. I’ve got a lot of pans in the fire and I’d like to share them with you.

My plan is to do a bi-monthly newsletter. I want to showcase a few of the pieces I’ve written, as well as bring you some writing prompts to use and enjoy. I’ll also do a couple of shout-outs to other writers whose work has amazed me.

Finally, I’ll be offering up some writing prompts to subscribers of this newsletter. Just a little way for me to say thank you to anyone who comes along for the ride. These prompts can be used in any way you see fit, all I ask is that you tag me(@sapheyerblu) so I can come check it out.

Thanks for stopping by and happy writing.

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What’s New

I’ve been writing quite a bit of poetry. It’s always been hard for me to share my poems, but thanks to Cendrine Marrouat, I’m starting to overcome this issue. I’ve always been a rhyming poet, but two of the forms she co-created have helped me come out of my shell.

The first one I tried was a Sepigram. I love the way this one flows. I really enjoyed this form. The other was Vardhaku. This one took a little more brainpower, but it was worth it.

I’ve also been writing a lot of fiction. Short stories have always been my true love. Out of all of them I’ve written recently, my personal favorites are La Muerte Blanca and The House in the Woods. I enjoy writing stories like these.

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be creating a fiction series over at Promptly Written. I’ll be writing as Queen Medb, The Immortal Warrior Queen. I’ve only posted the first chapter, but I’ve got several more ready to go.

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve revamped the publication. A lot of the non-fiction pieces I write will be housed here. Not all of them and not only them, but this will be the place I go when I want to publish something a little closer to my heart. One of my personal favorites is Painfully Beautiful. It talks about historic beauty practices. Another piece I’m rather proud of is Dear Mr. Wickwire which is a piece about finding my biological father.

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Prompts

I’m still doing writing prompts, but now I’m doing them at Promptly Written. Each Saturday, I post ten different prompts for my fellow writers. These can be used however the writer sees fit and whenever they need a little inspiration.

If you happen to stop by, I suggest you check out Marcus aka Gregory Maidman’s Sunday Spiritual Prompt and Joanne Olivieri’s photo prompts. I get a lot of my inspiration from these two amazing people. You can find all of the past prompts in the Promptiliciousness section of the site.

My friend, and EIC of Promptly Written, Ravyne Hawke offers a monthly themed prompt. Each month, she creates something to make you really sit back and think. She’s also hosting a Writing Challenge for the month of February. Make sure to read all the rules before entering.

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Shout Outs

I mentioned Cendrine Marrouat above, but I really want to give her the glory she deserves. This lady has co-created several types of poetry forms, two of which I mentioned earlier. If you enjoy trying new forms of poetry, I highly recommend this post by Cendrine.

Since I started doing the weekly prompts, I’ve found a group of highly talented writers. I’ll try to showcase them throughout future newsletters, but there’s one I have to mention right now. VerityAlways is one of my favorite writers. They’ll post one piece that makes me laugh, then post another that brings tears to my eyes. I always look forward to their posts. My particular favorite is their The Brutes are Not Mutes Channel. It cracks me up.

My third shout-out goes to my friend Joanne Olivieri. Not only does she provide the photo prompts at Promptly Written, she’s an accomplished poet in her own right. She’s also created a new publication called Antique. It’s a place to showcase the other forms of creativity we writers may have. She’s an amazing photographer, Ravyne Hawke showcases some of her beautiful drawings, and I’ve done a post about making miniatures. I invite you to check it out.

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For Subscribers Only
Hey, did you know if you were to subscribe to our newsletter, you’d have access to dark magic? Okay, not really, but you will have access to some of my favorite pieces written by other writers, as well as a writing prompt you’ll not find anywhere else.

Just look toward the bottom of the page and hit the subscribe to The Muse News button.

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And there you have it, my friends. I hope you enjoy this issue of The Muse News. In time, I’ll get this a little more refined. My goal is to keep you reading, writing, and informed.

If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them. Though I’ve been doing this writing thing for almost 30 years, I’m still learning. Please bear with me.

Next issue will come out on Feb. 27th. Until then, happy writing!!!

Christine Graves has been writing online for more than 25 years. She’s written fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. She is the weekly writing prompt creator at Promptly Written. Read more of her work on her personal publication, Enticing the Muse, and be sure to sign up for the bi-monthly newsletter.

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