Skip to content

The Quest for the Missing Muse

June 20, 2018
tags:

What a long strange trip this has been. My life no sooner settled down somewhat from the turmoil left by Hurricane Harvey last August than a new circus came into town. I sold my house and relocated. The process of negotiating the sale, searching for a new place to live, packing, moving, and unpacking took more time and more out of me than I ever would have imagined.

It occurred to me after the fact that I could have made it all less arduous had I regarded it as a personal odyssey.

For the first time in my life, I don’t feel like writing. I don’t lack for ideas; I just don’t have the compulsion to do anything with them. Where is my Muse? Is she embalmed in bubble wrap at the bottom of a yet unopened packing crate?

Creative friends tell me I’m worn out. They assure me that my spark will reignite. I suspect, though, that this is like writer’s block. And I know the cure for writer’s block is to write. Inspiration does not come and settle on a writer’s shoulders like fairy dust. The Muse must be invited. The writer must prove worthiness by doing the work even on those days when creativity not only doesn’t spark, it’s undetectable.

With the intent of reestablishing my writing habit, I charged myself with writing to a daily prompt. I happened to have an ancient (December 2000) edition of Writer’s Digest magazine with 365 prompts. The guidelines are to write about 75 words. I needn’t worry about whether the writing is any good, or if the story will ever be finished much less developed further. The goal simply is to write, every day.

Hans_Thoma_-_Einsamer_Ritt_(1889)knightonhorsebackBut I learned my lesson from my tortuous relocation experience. I’m going to frame this as a heroic undertaking, a quest to find my missing Muse. Heroes on quests undertake tests to prove their stamina and commitment. My tests will be those daily writing assignments. I’ll leap into the saddle (my desk chair), unsheath my sword (my pen), and ride into battle.

You can champion me on this quest to exhume my Muse from that packing crate. Like spectators at a jousting tournament, you can cheer me on with your comments. Feel free to make side bets as to how long this quest will take, or if I’ll be successful at all.


 

Today’s prompt was to describe a successful, confident writer.

Devorah Fox, world famous author. I confess I do smile when I’m in Walmart and see my novel displayed on the most conspicuous shelf. No mistaking it’s one of my creations. My name is in big bold capital letters, larger than the book’s title. Myu work is so well liked, it no longer matters what the story is. People know that if I wrote it, they will enjoy it.

I was changing planes the other day, on my way to a convention where I had been asked to deliver the keynote address. In the preferred-customer lounge, a perk paid for by the convention’s sponsors, I spotted a passenger reading my latest release. At about the same time, she looked up, saw me, and frowned. She flipped to the author photo at the back of the book and looked up again, this time with wide eyes and an open mouth.


 

Advertisements

Fantastic

January 31, 2018

Chosen, A Fantasy CollectionFour fantasy authors. Four complete novelettes. All new content.

A bard with the power to bring his tales to life. A Victorian-era protectoress of the Lost Ways to Faerieland. A Korean War vet who becomes Mallworld Gatekeeper after dragons attack. A vision walker who is forced into a portal to another world to save her queen.

Four new stories. Four chances to escape to another world.

Are you ready?

Enter here.

Happy New Year!

January 10, 2018

Happy New Year!

Is 2018 off to a great start for you? I no sooner turned the calendar page than I got a terrible cold/flu. I’m nearly over it now. Meanwhile, as I lay on the couch sniffling, drinking tea, and binge-watching TV, good news came in to cheer me. The Zen Detective by Devorah Fox

The Zen Detective was named #34 of The 50 Best Indie Books of 2017 Mystery/Thriller. A contemporary police procedural, it has a nor vibe. If you enjoy those 1940s black-and-white crime drama films, you’ll enjoy The Zen Detective.

The Zen Detective by Devorah Fox

And, another of my books made the Top Books of 2017 list. Murder by the Book is a cozy mystery set in a wintry Western Massachusetts resort. A Mystery Mini, it’s the perfect quick escape when you’re stuck waiting for a plane connection or for your car to be serviced. At 99¢ it’s less than the cost of a can of soda from the vending machine.

From January 15 to 17, you can find a host of great reads in various genres priced at 99¢ in the David Neth promos. 

For Fantasy Fans—Almost Here

Chosen, A Fantasy CollectionChosen, A Fantasy Collection, will launch on January 31, 2018, but you can put in your order now. That way you’ll have it the minute it’s published.This collection of four complete stories contains a variety of fantasy fiction stories, and not all of them are about zombies or wizards. My story, The Last Apple, is a post-apocalyptic tale and after 2017’s Hurricane Harvey, I know a little more about post-apocalypse than I really care to. 😉

Cooking up something deadly

December 14, 2017

The Culinary Art of Murder (The Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries)
by Heather Haven


The Culinary Art of Murder (The Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
The Wives of Bath Press (November 27, 2017)
Print Length: 281 pages
E-Book ASIN: B076HDD3JY

Lee’s Uncle ‘Tío’ is smitten with a visiting chef at a Silicon Valley culinary arts institute. When the lady is arrested for two murders, a fellow chef and the dishwasher, Lee Alvarez, lead investigator for Discretionary Inquiries, Inc., the family owned detective agency, agrees to help find the real killer. But undercover work at the institute proves to be more difficult than whipping up a chocolate soufflé. The killer tries to get Lee out of the way and permanently. But just who is it? The lady chef? One of her two sons? Or one of the other inmates from a cooking school with secrets as plentiful as sauces? Can Lee find the real killer before her own goose is cooked? And if it turns out to be the ambitious southern belle chef, will Tío ever forgive Lee for sending his new lady love to jail?

About the Author

After studying drama at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida, Heather went to Manhattan to pursue a career. There she wrote short stories, novels, comedy acts, television treatments, ad copy, commercials, and two one-act plays, produced at several places, such as Playwrights Horizon. Once she even ghostwrote a book on how to run an employment agency. She was unemployed at the time.

One of her first paying jobs was writing a love story for a book published by Bantam called Moments of Love. She had a deadline of one week but promptly came down with the flu. Heather wrote “The Sands of Time” with a raging temperature, and delivered some pretty hot stuff because of it. Her stint at New York City’s No Soap Radio – where she wrote comedic ad copy – help develop her long-time love affair with comedy.

Her first novel of the humorous Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries, Murder is a Family Business, is winner of the Single Titles Reviewers’ Choice Award 2011. The second, A Wedding to Die For, received finalist nods from both Global and EPIC’s for Best eBook Mystery of the Year, 2012. It also won the Editors and Predators silver, 2012. The third of the series, Death Runs in the Family, won the Global Gold 2013. The fourth installment, Dead…If Only, won Global Silver 2015. The CEO Came DOA, Book Five, won the Global Gold Medal 2017 and Dan Poynter Legacy Award 2017. The Culinary Art of Murder, is the sixth book of the series.

Author Links

 

Website: http://heatherhavenstories.com/

Heather’s Blog: http://heatherhavenstories.com/blog/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/HeatherHavenStories

Twitter – https://www.twitter.com/Twitter@HeatherHaven

Sign up for Heather’s newsletter at:

http://heatherhavenstories.com/subscribe-via-email/

Purchase Link – Amazon

Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to check out these other stops on the tour for interviews, reviews, and more:

December 1 – Cozy Up With Kathy – INTERVIEW

December 1 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT

December 2 – Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder – REVIEW

December 3 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

December 4 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW

December 5 – Sleuth Cafe – SPOTLIGHT

December 6 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

December 7 – A Holland Reads – CHARACTER GUEST POST

December 8 – T’s Stuff – INTERVIEW

December 9 – My Reading Journeys – CHARACTER GUEST POST

December 10 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

December 11 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

December 12 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – INTERVIEW

December 13 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

December 14 – Dee-Scoveries – SPOTLIGHT (you are here!)

 

 

You called it!

December 11, 2017

                               You Called It!

The Zen Detective by Devorah Fox

Your votes got The Zen Detective named #34 of The 50 Best Indie Books of 2017 Mystery/Thriller. Over 500,000 books were self-published this past year – and The Zen Detective ranked in the top 0.01% of that number. I really appreciate your support.

I’m being urged to write another mystery with Will Mansion. Wouldn’t ya know, I do have an idea for one. So, maybe in 2018 … Meanwhile, if you need to get acquainted with the story, The Zen Detective along with my thriller Detour, is on sale Detour, A Big Rig Thriller by Devorah FoxThe Zen Detective by Devorah Foxas part of the 12 Days of Indie, with other books at sale prices, $2.99 or less. Plus you can enter a giveaway. Hosted by owsink.com, the promotion showcases indie authors. Hurry, the sale ends December 12.

Time is running out

November 30, 2017

Time is Running Out

You have only until December 4 but why wait? Your nomination put The Zen Detective on the shortlist for The 50 Best Indie Books of 2017 Mystery/Thriller, and it’s up to you to make it a winner. Just click the badge below which will take you right to the ballot.

The Countdown Has Begun

Several authors are counting down to Christmas by putting their books on sale. It’s a great time to grab the newest titles from authors you love, take a chance on a new one, or even pick up some gifts at bargain prices.

Fantasy Reads

The Lost King by Devorah FoxBook One of The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam, The Lost King, is part of the holiday ebook sale held each year by author Alesha Escobar. You’ll want to check out this promotion for a chance to not only get books at bargain prices, but also to enter the giveaway. Three lucky readers will receive a “Holiday Reader Box” filled with paperbacks, gourmet tea bags, a journal/notebook, and cards with links to download free ebooks.

Lady Blackwing by Devorah FoxLady Blackwing is just one of several books that you can enjoy for mere pennies. All the books in the Super SciFi and Fantasy Sale. All the books in this sale are 99¢ or free on Kindle Unlimited.

 

 

 

 

Mysteries and Thrillers

Detour, A Big Rig Thriller by Devorah FoxThe Zen Detective by Devorah FoxYou’ll be able to get my thriller, Detour, and my mystery, The Zen Detective,  as part of the 12 Days of Indie promotion, December 1 through December 12, along with other books at sale prices, $2.99 or less, and a giveway. Hosted by owsink.com, the promotion will showcase indie authors.

 

 

 

Almost Here

Chosen, A Fantasy CollectionChosen, A Fantasy Collection, will launch on January 31, 2108 but you can put in your order now. That way you’ll have it the minute it’s published.This collection of five complete stories contains a vareity of fantasy fiction stories, and not all of them are about zombies or wizards.

 

 

 

I Did It Again 

At the very last minute, I decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo challenges us to write 50,000 words in the month of November.  This year, I was a NaNo Rebel. I didn’t write a novel, I worked on two short stories. An Ill Wind is a Fantasy story inspired by Hurricane Harvey. Yes, I am now well qualified to write post-apocalyptic fiction! An Ill Wind is slated for publication next year in the Fantastical Shoppe anthology coming in 2018, so I had better finish it. My other project is Gilda, Wrangler of the Wild West. A Fractured Fairy Tale, it has cowboys, a little romance, a little mystery, and includes some paranormal characters, so it embraces just about every fiction genre, and comes with a side order of animal rights.

 

More to enjoy

November 20, 2017

You’re in luck!

I have a series, The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam, literary fantasy for you to enjoy. And you can get Book One, The Lost King, at a special price during this Holiday Ebook sale. So get started knowing that the story continues.

And while you’re checking out the sale, enter the giveaway for a chance to win a delightful Holiday Reader Gift Box.