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The Meandering Muse: Uncommon Views of Everyday Things

The Meandering Muse

Step inside the mind of a writer obsessed with the workings of the Universe and crazed with the spirit of creativity.

This Dave Barry-esque collection of humorous essays, short fiction, CNF, and poetry spans 20 years of the author's writing life, and ranges wildly from subjects such as multitasking, schizophrenia, shopaholism, money, and the government to the woes of a homeowner forced to use bananas and daffodils to humanely remove wasps from her living room.

These unique and inventive mini-symphonies of words will widen readers’ perspectives on life, nature, and human beings. Some of the essays were originally published as a regular column in a local Montague, Massachusetts newspaper; many were penned in writing workshops.

Here's a flash-fiction piece to whet your whistle:
    It was a hell of a way to go.
    Mahoney’s favorite pen, a gold Kimball rollerball with burgundy ink, given to him by his brother-in-law on the fifth anniversary of his first casino opening, poked through the plastic holder in the pocket of his handmade silk shirt, and stabbed him lightly in the chest.
    Arsenic swam through his bloodstream—remnants of an old box of rat poison that had fallen into a vat of burgundy ink in the Kimball rollerball plant shortly before Mahoney opened his fourth casino.
    The ink spread across his chest as the pen-point entered his skin, and left a huge burgundy stain discovered three hours later by his ex-wife Mavis when she stopped by to inquire about his most recent unpaid alimony debt and found him sprawled in the first-floor half-bath with his pants off and a small solid-gold hoop earring clutched tightly in his left hand.

If you need a laugh, or a crazy new perspective on life, this book is for you. Order now! $15.95 + $3 shipping/handling, or $12 s/h if you're ordering from outside the U.S.

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