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JAN 14: Let me introduce you...

So dear God, it's one of MY days and I nearly forgot! LOL
Not really, I just got distracted at my second home, The Dentist.
But now I'm back online and still in one piece, and I wanted to introduce you to

someone who's very close to me.

Who supports and cossets and encourages and inspires me.
Who is always there beside me when I write, who doesn't argue with me, who can be silent when I want him to be, who tolerates my bad moods.
But who also has a will of his own, who is volatile, emotional, fragile, flaky, tempestuous, sexy, determined, fractious...
Whose silence can often be taken for dismissal or sulking or just damned pig-headedness.
Who has a tendency to pack his bags at any imagined slight and leave forthwith for Brighton beach.
And not send a postcard. Or answer his cell. Or leave me any useful notes or plot directions or character bios...

There he is, in all his fairly androgynous glory, showing his opinion of my posturing and complaints and creative pouts, i.e. despairing of how the hell someone as flaky as I am ever gets anything written in the first place.

And so you can see what a ridiculously small size he is, there's a picture of him at ClareSpace, that's where I (try to) write, the corner of the dining room table. I need my HD to hand and plenty of paper and pens, and a vase of flowers.
(Sorry that one looks a bit tired, they're due for a refresh *lol*. And thanks to Hubby for the pictures, despite the eye rolling when I gave him the project...).

So...The Muse.

*Angel or Anguish?

*Disproportionately powerful or a Critical Friend?

*Giving gifts of Inspiration or gleefully smirking at your Writer's Block???!!!

Who or what is your Muse?

A person / image / music / emotion / silly little statuette like mine? LOL.

Is he/she your greatest helpmate or yet another hurdle in the battle for Fic Completion?

Love/hate - or Love Eternal?

Let us know! ♥


Follow this month with Clare (yes, it's all about the MEEEE...):

Week 2 :
Jan 09 : ravensilver describes the creativity of independent manga publishing - and the challenges...
Jan 10 : kitzheng talks about Kink...
Jan 11 : chrissy munder shares the struggles of writing, NC17 penguins and mantyhose...
Jan 12 : 1more_sickpuppy bares her soul about confessing her love for m/m fiction...
Jan 13 : erastes talks about taking that leap from fanfiction to the 'original' world...

Jan 01 : the Cheeky Cherubs welcome us to 2009 with a pithy verse or two and the threat of piercings...
Jan 02 : sweet, sexy fiction from lilzazu, all about the perennially tricky problem of a sticky shift...
Jan 03 : excellent editing tips for all authors who ever wondered whether to be cruel to be kind to their prose, hosted by jolilightner...
Jan 04 : Clare pimps the fabulous I DO anthology, now available in ebook and all proceeds to Lambda...
Jan 05 : abstractrx ponders the changing role of Romance and its reflection of - or on?! - the society around it...
Jan 06 : FREE FICTION from me and my friends!
Jan 07 : Jordan Castillo Price discusses what tempts us to try out a new author...
Jan 08 : Clare rambles on about perceived plagiarism and posts excerpts of her Torquere titles...

Want to grab a day to pimp, pose or pontificate? Comment HERE!!


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Jan. 14th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
Erm - wow, you've given me something to think about. Maybe the reason my muse left home in a huff is because I never thought to personalise him. Well...let me say...considering his total lack of co-operation lately, and his disobediance, he SHALL NOT EVER HAVE A NAME!

Jan. 14th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
Hey I think you're perfectly justified, keeping him on the naughty step! Sometimes we need to dispense the stick, not the carrot! ^___^

Maybe we need to train up a whole bunch of Muses, bring another one in when the first one gets diva-esque.

Maybe we're fooling ourselves we have control over the damned things at all...LMAO.

Yours will return! Mine tells me they've been on AIM to each other and he's just 'doing his thing' and will be coming home as soon as he needs his washing done!! *hugs*
Jan. 14th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
I'm not really sure what to think about muses. I know for sure I don't have one. Sometimes I have characters running around in my head, telling me to snap to it and write... but a muse? How do I get one of those?
Jan. 15th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
I think those voices are just a group of cheeky muses *lol*. Perhaps we should lasso them and then rent them out to aspiring authors...
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Jan. 15th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
He's just perfect. A darned sight more attractive than my long-suffering one! LOL

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Jan. 15th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
Dear God no, I wouldn't be that lucky! This was a 'catch up with all the other aches and pains around my mouth while we've been fixating on the gap' visit *lol*, a filling and a filing down.

But we did make an appointment at last for my bridge, should be in March. Although I've waited so long, it seems I need to wait *another* few weeks since the root canal work finished, to let everything settle. Again. *sigh*

At this rate, I'd better get a set of teeth like Beyonce at the end of it, I tell you! I reckon my dentist sees more of me than Hubby... and the girls at work think it's a far more intimate relationship *lmao*.

How's yours going? has it settled at last?
Jan. 14th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm, sorry to hear about the Dentist. How many of the children are you putting through dance/karate/flower arranging school?

I'm with jolilightner in that I'm not sure what to say/think about the dreaded muse.

Are there days when it's easier to write? Hell yes. Are there days when writing is rather like pulling Clare's teeth (based soley on interpolating your story in BOBB)? Hell yes.

For me it's more a case of being distracted by too much that I want to write and lacking time to address all their intrusive, demanding needs or soothe them into calmly waiting their turn on the to-be-done list.

Maybe instead of muse I think of it as a need.

I can be at work and my brain is suddenly shooting onto a tangent in the middle of a meeting or I'm on a drive with the husband and he's conversing with me over something *important* and my brain is busy trying to untangle the thread in my thoughts. Worse is when family or friends are over and I am forced to sit there and be convivial when I just want to run down to my basement and the computer. It almost becomes a physical pain.

My punishment then if I don't give in is these needs making sure that if I don't at least write down the bare bones of their beastly prodding they vanish into vapor leaving behind only their laughter and vague sense that I've screwed up again.
Jan. 15th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
I know. Too often, Muse=Frustration. But writing is a fractious and possessive mistress. Why on earth do we expect the two of them to get along?! *lol*

Jan. 14th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
I've "Mused" by pictures, usually - a place, a person.
Jan. 15th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
I tend to get best inspiration from snippets of conversation. I drive the family mad, suddenly glazing over and scrabbling for a piece of paper and a pen, when I'm meant to be listening to *them*!

Jan. 14th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
I have to say that the letters that caught my eye was the "OTP" on your computer screen. XD

I don't think I have a physical/visual muse! =O He's pretty airy. All over the place. @_@ OMG now that I think of it, it's like he's a ghost that 'overtakes' me when I'm inspired to write.

...that's a bit creepy. It's like..what if it's not ME who's actually writing but some ghost...who also happens to like HeeroDuo?!?!?! weird.
Jan. 15th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
You guessed the OTP on my screen! ^_~
And that ghost...?! He sounds pretty friendly to me, if he's a 1x2 fan as well!
Jan. 14th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
My muse and I have always had a fairly open and honest relationship. I listen to him, and he's nice to me. I do not listen, and well, he pokes at me until I do. Occasionally, he gets difficult, and I go do something else. Eventually, he comes back, happier and bearing gifts, but that time in between, when I can hear him humming to himself in the distance, is a very nerve wracking time. For everyone who happens to cross my path.
Jan. 15th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
Now that's the kind of thing I'm looking for! Friendly but Firm...but my God, I know those apparently aimless 'humming' moments, all too well ^___^.
Jan. 16th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
Holy kee-rap, Clare, I thought I was the only person superstitious and/or demented enough to have a clay figure as a writing companion. I got mine from a thrift shop when I was still in college and have always called her my "Study Buddy." Poor, ugly thing looks like she came out of a crafts class at an old-folks' home. The broken arms and brimless bonnet haven't improved her appearance any. But she still has the prettiest cornflower-blue eyes...

(Did I really just type that? Omigod, run for the hills! My marbles, they are hopelessly scattered!)
Jan. 16th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
Wow, thank God, I was beginning to think I was the only loony around here *lmao*.

And omgomg, I got mine from a thrift-auction-tat shop too!! ^__^

I was just browsing aroudn with friends who were looking at the china, and I thought I might like a personification of 'Muse' one day.

I'll start looking for a male angel, I thought, something sexy and erotic and inspiring. Then I caught sight of 'Despairing Man' at the back of one of the cabinets.

Match made in heaven!!!! LOL

Now I just need to get him back to work on the 'Muse-ing' thing. I think his head's been turned by appearing online...
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