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Holiday Greeting Tucked into a Paragraph

December 21, 2015

Dear Musea Readers,

My latest novel, Downtown With The Book of Renown, a kid’s mystery, was also my annual Christmas story for the year, something I’ve been doing for over 10 years.
But readers may wonder where the Xmas was. Let me explain, I had planned this short novel for many years. i thought making it my Xmas issue would get me to finish it.
But to make it official, I had to tuck in at least one Christmas reference. Here it is. The two boys are going to the Clark Hotel on the Bus ….

They sat down about half way back on the left. Brad checked his pocket for the Book of Renown and tapped it three times for luck.
Across the aisle a young man with round glasses had his Bible opened and he was reading out loud. The boys looked at each other and shrugged their shoulders. Behind them a few rows was a couple of small, quiet, heavy set ,women who looked old to the two. No one else was on the bus. Outside the big windows the city was all lit up. It paraded by on both sides of the bus. Night lights and neon were everywhere. It hid the dirt and litter underneath. It was like being inside a Christmas tree with all the edges lit up.
There was a ding of a bell and the man reading the Bible stopped, folded it up, put it in his briefcase, locked it, pushed up his glasses on his nose, and went out the front door.

Happy Holidays all,


Haunted With Joy (Annual Xmas Issue of Musea)

November 30, 2014

Dear Readers,

the Xmas Issue of Musea is out and about at all the regular places, including mailboxes, stores, and online.
Webmaster Matthew has added a little website Christmas fun, so start at the front page here:

Then click on through to the other side and read #194 Haunted With Joy, the twins have to find a treasure, and they don’t even know what the treasure is! Here is an excerpt:

Happy Holidays Musea Readers! ! This issue is our annual Musea Christmas Story. Take a rest from your busy schedule and find out what a series of treasure maps leads to. I wish you all a great Christmas season and an even better New Year in 2015.
See you then – Tom

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1 – The First Step

Betsy: (leaning on the padded arm of her dad’s easy chair) I’m bored…. so is Ronny. What can we do?
Dad: How can you be bored? We just moved into this gigantic Victorian Mansion (as he sweeps the back of his hand from left to right) filled with empty rooms. We’re in a new town, new neighborhood, with new people everywhere. How can you two be bored?
Betsy: Don’t know…
Ronny: (joining his twin sister) … But we are!
Dad: Well I’m not. I’ve got writing to do, accounts to settle, contracts to sign, reading galore, and all that has to wait when any of the tradesman come, or the moving van gets here…. Have you asked your mom if she has something for you to do?
Ronny: She’s next.
Dad: Got any good books to read?
Betsy: We’ve finished all our mysteries. Do you think there’s a library nearby?
Dad: Mission one – find out!
Betsy: How?
Dad: Find out!
Betsy Oh bother! (the twins headed for the kitchen).
The Watkins family had struck it rich….

Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 22 year old zine Musea)

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