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Musea Issue: “Downtown with the Book of Renown” – Kid’s mystery book

November 6, 2015

Musea Readers,

The Musea Christmas issue #198 is a 100 copy, limited edition, short, kid’s mystery, novel, titled,  “Downtown with the Book of Renown.”  It’s free to those on my mailing list, but upon request only,  and while they last.

There will be a few copies at the usual places that carry Musea. Later this will be available to all on the musea.us website, and published as a streaming novel on all major book sites.
P.S. This is also the first musea issue to have all color covers!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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Musea Annual Christmas Stories

December 6, 2014

Musea has an annual tradition – a Christmas story for the December issue. Did you miss any of them?

There is a lot I like to put into each short story, and not much room to squeeze it into -only 8 pages per Musea issue, with the front page being a photo! That means everything has to happen in 7 pages.

I try to write, so that each story first HAS a story, a good plot. Then some interesting characters caught up in something challenging, some connection to Christmas, and finally a deeper meaning behind the top story. Maybe even a couple of layers of meaning. Hopefully the stories take you somewhere, that you feel better about visiting.

Here is a summary of the last 14 years worth. Enjoy. – Tom.

2014
HAUNTED WITH JOY – Kids follow a set of treasure maps to find ….
2013
STATIC – Antique radio leads to a murder scene.
2012
LEO MARS, DETECTIVE – Leo Mars tries to solve a suicide case
2011
SENLIN – Story of the greatest dancer that ever lived.
2010
CANDLE AND ICICLE – Children wish away a death in the family.
2009
CHESS SETS – A new idea for a toy
2008
HOUSE KEY – A husband hides his wife’s gift in a …
2007
BROTHER JOHN – A monk learns about giving and joy.
2006
HEAD UP PENNY – A little ghost returns home
2005
MR WEEBLERS ENCOUNTER – Santa, real or fake
2004
ALIENS – Aliens land and enjoy Christmas on Earth
2003
DOT’S PLAYHOUSE – A father builds the ultimate doll house.
2002
MAGIC BAG – A bum finds a magic bag that’s filled with presents.
2001
ANN – Ann breaks her foot while trying to do good, at the worst time of the year.
2000
RANGER 330 SUB ATOMIC BLASTER; toy gun is so easy for father to steal !?!
[etc.]

(all at musea.us)

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My pocket is empty,
last penny in my hand.
I toss it up.
It’s caught by the wind.
And lands as a wish
in the depths of the well
shimmering through the water
as it falls …
I close my eyes
and wait until …

 

10 Years of Christmas Stories

December 15, 2013

Dear Reader,

Musea has an annual tradition – a Christmas story for the December issue. Did you miss any of them?

There is a lot I like to put into each short story, and not much room to squeeze it into – only 8 pages per Musea issue, with the front page being a photo! That means everything has to happen in 7 pages.

I try to write, so that each story first HAS a story, a good plot. Then some interesting characters caught up in something challenging, some connection to Christmas, and finally a deeper meaning behind the top story. Maybe even a couple of layers of meaning. Hopefully the stories take you somewhere, that you feel better about visiting.
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Here is a summary of the last ten years or so. Enjoy. – Tom.

2013
STATIC – Antique radio leads to a murder scene.
2012
LEO MARS, DETECTIVE – Leo Mars tries to solve a suicide case
2011
SENLIN – Story of the greatest dancer that ever lived.
2010
CANDLE AND ICICLE – Children wish away a death in the family.
2009
CHESS SETS – A new idea for a toy
2008
HOUSE KEY – A husband hides his wife’s gift in a …
2007
BROTHER JOHN – A monk learns about giving and joy.
2006
HEAD UP PENNY – A little ghost returns home
2005
MR WEEBLERS ENCOUNTER – Santa, real or fake
2004
ALIENS – Aliens land and enjoy Christmas on Earth
2003
DOT’S PLAYHOUSE – A father builds the ultimate doll house.
2002
MAGIC BAG – A bum finds a magic bag that’s filled with presents.
2001
ANN – Ann breaks her foot while trying to do good, at the worst time of the year.
2000
RANGER 330 SUB ATOMIC BLASTER; toy gun is so easy for father to steal !?!
[etc.]

Lots of Holly in the Musea Vaults!

Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 21 year old zine Musea)
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Static – Musea Annual Christmas Short Story

December 7, 2013

Dear Reader,  If you were not able to get a print copy of the new issue of Musea, you can read it on the musea website. Here’s the intro:

Happy Holidays Readers! ! This issue is our annual Musea Christmas Story. Take a rest from your busy schedule and find out “What Dawn Saw!”. I wish you all a great Christmas season and an even better New Year. See you in 2014 – Tom.
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STATIC
1. Day Before Christmas Eve
Megan: Look at this Dillon. Uncle Robert would love this!
Dillon: An old radio?
Megan: He’s told me many times how much he loved the old time radio mysteries. Mom says he even tried to write a screen play for one when he was younger. What do you think?
Dillon: Let’s see:(Reading the tag) $75, late 40’s, early 50’s tube radio with Bakelite case… (Picks it up.) Needs some cleaning,…. Let’s get it.

While the clerk was boxing up the radio, Megan asked her if she new anything about the radio. “No. That dealer collects radios from all over – wherever he can find them: estate sales, flea markets,… Here you go. Thanks folks.”

2. The Lid Comes Off
When they got back to Megan’s Mom’s house, they parked in the back and came in through the kitchen.
Megan (whispering): Mom, is Uncle around?
Dawn: No Honey, he’s taking a nap.
Megan: We found the perfect Christmas gift that should cheer him up. You know how he loved radio mysteries. (By now Dillon had unboxed the radio and taken off the wrapping paper). An antique radio that still works!
Dillon: Ta da!
Megan: What do you think?
They both waited with smiles on their faces for her mom’s reaction. But Dawn said nothing. Her eyes squinted. She came closer, flicked the plug to straighten it out, and … began screaming! Then

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