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A Troublesome Muse


Muse, inspiration, The Drawing Lesson, The Trilogy of Remembrance, Alexander Wainwright, novels about artists and art, landscape painting, creativity, award winning novels, free short stories, Mary E. Martin,

Next morning, Alexander Wainwright stood in the cool dawn of the meadow. One thought from last night reverberated within him—what good is the truth unless it serves life and love. The sun cast a pale and eerie light upon the grasses and flowers bent with dew. Small animals skittered through the bush and about his […]

The Elusive Muse, Daphne


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Surrounded by the old-fashioned luxury of the Orient Express,  I sank into my seat and set out for Venice. But forgive me! I’ve not introduced myself. I’m Alexander Wainwright, a landscape painter from London, who is irrevocably wedded to chasing the muse.  I met my muse, Daphne. She was very much her own woman and […]

The Ice House


                     THE ICE HOUSE                     By Mary E. Martin A short story just for you! “That’s an old photograph of me the summer I turned eight. Squinting at the camera, I look like I’m ready to run. You can’t see him but my brother, Paul, with dark […]

Remembrance Day, Nineteen Seventeen


A century has passed since the events in this story took place in a little town—Belleville, Ontario. It’s the way I like to remember wars—all wars on Remembrance Day. My father told us this story many times about his own father. It’s the best “anti-war” story I’ve ever heard. With great respect to all those […]

Are you with Picasso?


Picasso, Lascaux, cave art, Guernica, art, humanities, creativity, novels, philosophy, The Trilogy of Remembrance, The Wondrous Apothecary,

  When the great artist, Picasso, creator of Guernica, first visited the caves at Lascaux in France to see the paintings of our ancestors, he said, “We have learned nothing in thirty thousand years.”  What did he mean? Of course, he was astounded by the brilliant artistry, but he was also struck by humankind’s lack […]

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