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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Meet the Muse Collaboration (Part 1)


(ElectraStarX @DeviantArt)


It all started with the post on Tuesday (The Writing Cast). I was going to follow up with a post about my muse: Nereth. Then I wondered what my fellow writers had to say about their own muses. In a rush of excitement, I concocted a plan: to turn my modest me-me-me post into a WE extravaganza!

So I rushed to twitter, pen poised in hand, to look for gems. My question was: ‘Does your muse have a name?’ It turned out that some had, others didn’t, and yet third did not even exist, much like dragons and Rudolph.

But the purpose of this collaboration was not to judge. It wasn’t to restrict either. It was simply to collect, inquire, and inspire. So I gave my friends total freedom, and boy was I flabbergasted at the results!

So today I’m posting the first (out of 3) instalment. What you will see here is a mixety-matchety botch of zombie soup for the writer’s soul. My thought was that people should enjoy the entire range of emotions at once for a truly spectacular treat. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll gasp, and you’ll be like à O_o

All in one. So buckle up, open your mind, and let the words do the rest.


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Does my muse have a name?

I look at my children's faces and see laughter, hope, and endless possibilities. I see the wonder in their eyes, a whole new world where everything excites. I see the joy of ice cream, running, and mud pies. I see a muse in my children.

Sometimes a sound pricks my ears and makes me think of another world. It stirs something up inside my soul that brings all emotion to the surface. I see a muse in music.

In the quiet moments of my day, it comes in a soft whisper or just the brush of a hand. I hardly knew I could love a man after being with him for eight years. I hardly knew a love could grow that strong. I see a muse in my husband.

A spring breeze wraps me in a chilled embrace and brings the sweet scent of green grass and blooming flowers to my nose. The sunset, the blue sky, the sound of trickling water. I see a muse in nature.

Memories flood back of the world around me. Does my muse have a name? The answer - life.


--Jennifer Bennett (@jennie_bennett) inspires with her writing. She’s currently working on a fantasy novel.


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Inspiration seems to visit at the most inopportune moments, like driving, dinner with the wife, or standing in line at Disneyland. I don't know if this makes my muse cruel or simply mercurial. The only predictable time I can summon her is during a shower. Something about the rush of water and the lack of writing implements (save steam and my finger) that gets the ideas flowing. The scientist in me puts it down to a calm mind that's more open to suggestion. My inner surrealist blames the muse for poor timing.


--Tim Kane (@timkanebooks) is a bizarro writer. His words, not mine. :D


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What is…is madness

I was recently asked if I have a name for my muse.  I don’t know about a specific name for something that breathes life as if out of thin air.  My muse is plural, therefore; they are like ghosts who travel through the winds of time, vying for my attention.  They have specific genders and come with unique voices.  They scream, “Listen to me, please, and tell my story!”

On the off chance that my muse is not really plural, but singular; then I must hypothesize that my muse has an affliction which belongs in the hall of madness.  Could it be that my muse has a multiple personality disorder since each character brings about a unique presence?  Whatever the answer, I’m grateful because when loneliness surrounds me, my muse is there to both entertain and keep me company. So the only name I have for it is…Amigo.   


--Nomar Knight (@KnightChills) is a horror-fan, a poet, a dancer, and a dear friend. You’ll see more of him here on my blog.


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This is how I meet my muse. 

Willow branches caress the water’s surface. I close my eyes and inhale deeply. The scent is musky, earthen. Birds echo their resonance and it makes my skin hum. The corners of my lips twitch upward. 
I was brought here with purpose. To await my muse’s gift. 
Behind the willow’s curtain, golden sparks flicker against the deep blue sky. Mesmerized by their magnificence, I stare in awe. They slowly break free from their sun source and descend.    
The sparks take form in front of me, re-emerging as something new. Enormous wings unfurl; their translucence illuminated from within. I take a step back, shielding my eyes. 
I wish I could see its face.
“Thank you for your patience.” the feminine voice whispers. “Use this wisely, it is the keeper of many worlds.” 
A closed hand is presented. I hesitantly extend mine to accept the offering. The object’s weight is barely noticeable and I clutch it close to my body. Without another word, my muse’s light disperses; returning to its source.
A jagged breath escapes and I bite my lip. 
What will I find? 
Unlocking my fingers, I look down. 
A nondescript plastic spoon. 
I blink hard.
Okay. 
Wait... Huh?


--Carissa Elg (@Carissa_Elg) is hilarious, as you just saw. I’m putting her in my funny bunny basket. Also, see the Pendomus Chronicles. Brilliant, no?


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Meet My Muse

Today my muse is Gavin Cassidy. When he sings, his Australian accented voice sounds like sharkskin leather. His lip ring glints under the spotlight. My rock star is always in the light. The Earth, Air, Fire, and Water tattoos inking his arms glow according to which Element controls him—and therefore, me.  The Fire of creativity blazes red neon tat outlines through his right forearm as his fingers work the frets. He loans me his Fire, and I give him life on the page. It’s a symbiotic relationship, and it works for us.

Tomorrow it might be a different character. Male or female, human or Elemental, my muse takes the form of the character I need to become, when I need it. Like they say, when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.


--Kendall Grey (@kendallgrey1)  is a whale educator and a fantasy writer. Wait... huh?

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The muse.

My muse isn’t a person, so it doesn’t have a name. It doesn’t have a face, so I couldn’t tell you if it has blue eyes or green, if it’s lanky or pudgy or even if it jogs in the morning in the fresh, untainted air.

But I know its voice, like I know the wind rustling the leaves on a breezy day.  I know its whisper against the back of my neck when I think today’s writing is crap. I know its gentle nudge when I’m stuck, its nod and a smile when the doubts start to sink in, its applause when I scribble THE END at the bottom of the page in fresh, red ink.

My muse is a silent warrior. It comes and goes at its own pace, but never when I want it to. It knows my writing better than I know myself and when I’m sure I’ll never have another decent idea again, it slips one in my mind and nudges me along again. 


--Avalon Jaedra (@Ava_Jae) and I have lots in common. She’s my side-kick and I’m her fan. ^_^


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Last summer, I was laying in bed reading when I felt like I was being watched. I looked up and I saw a man with tussled jet black hair and steel blue eyes standing before me. He smelled of whiskey and summer and it stirred something deep within me.

He sat down on the bed and with one finger he touched just below my ear before letting it trace down my neck sending chills down my spine. He leaned closer to me, causing the bed to shift and my body to fall towards him. I could feel his warm breath on my neck as he whispered “Write,” his musical lilt causing my breath to catch. 

Electric charges ripped through my body as I tore off the bed and opened my laptop. After about three pages I stopped to catch my breath and looked back to the bed.

“Who are you?”

“I’m your chaos, your refuge, your freedom… your muse.”

“Do you have a name?”

A slow grin began with his eyes and finished on his lips. 

“It’s Devlin, love.”

With that he was behind me, his hands massaging my shoulders. 

“Introductions later, now, you write.”

And write I did.


--Karen DeLabar (@KarenDeLabar) is a romance writer. Her writing has this silent quality to inspire and subdue. You know what I mean?


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Post-script: Lots more to come! What did you think? And by all means, feel free to share your own story with us down there in the tiny comment box. ^_^

Next instalment coming up tomorrow! Next after that on Saturday.

27 comments:

Ava Jae said...

Nice! This was a really cool idea. I look forward to future installments! :)

Nomar Knight said...

Absolutely awesome! You just proved what I've known all along, that they're are so many talented writers in this world. Thanks for showcasing these few and I too look forward to the next group.

Lyn Midnight said...

Thank YOU guys for your lovely contributions! ^_^ *grouphugs*

KendallGrey said...

This is such a fun idea. Thanks for letting me be a part of it! :-)

stickynotestories said...

This is awesome. I love that there are so many different feelings on "muses" out there in the literary world.

My Muse is Ellison (although she likes to be called the Lady of Imagination) and I wrote a whole post about here here: http://stickynotestories.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/muse-ings/

Lyn Midnight said...

@Kendall Anytime, dear. I thoroughly enjoyed your entry. ^_^

@Rebecca Omg, that's so sweet! Ellie... Ellie. This name is growing on me... Srsly, should do the tag soon. Sigh. Thanks for stopping by!

Karen DeLabar said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for asking me to be a part of this! It was so much fun. And come on, with a muse like Devlin how could I turn this down ;)

I loved all the different takes on muses and inspiration. I enjoyed them all and can't wait for the next two installments :)

Great fun and good job!

Writer Pat Newcombe said...

My muse is called kaybe. originally written as KB - my keyboard! Yes, I talk to my keyboard!!Weird I know...

Jen said...

Wow! This turned out so good. I feel like mine pales in comparison to every one else. I have a lot of work to do!

Lyn Midnight said...

@Jen Are you kidding? O_o Jen! Listen to me carefully, yours made me cry, woman! I still haven't forgiven you for that, btw. So there. It does NOT pale. ;)

Carissa Elg said...

I've been trying to get this post through all day... {{crosses fingers and toes that it goes through this time}}

I don't know what it is, but when it rains, all communication to the outside world crashes. There's a momentary lapse in pourage, so I'm gonna try this sucker again! LOL!

THANK YOU soooo much for asking me to be a part of this. Your timing couldn't have been more perfect... I needed a creative outlet, but haven't had the brain power yet to work on my WIP for Pendomus.

I've enjoyed reading everyone else's posts-- so much awesome talent in this world. LOVE IT!

Thanks again! :D

Lyn Midnight said...

@Carissa Haha, glad you could make it! I threw yours in for laughs. I remember I actually spit my coffee yesterday (on the computer, thank God it wasn't my own) when i read it. I love it when people make me laugh! ^_^ Glad it helped with the inspiration. I know this collab helped me a lot.

Executiveredhead said...

This was such a great idea. I can't wait to read the rest of them tomorrow and Saturday. And I can't wait to see what other ideas you come up with:)

Lyn Midnight said...

Aww, thanks Danielle! *hugs* Stay tuned. :O)

TL Jeffcoat said...

Have several muses, mostly they are just voices in my head but eventually they materialize into images of people or something like people as the story the keep repeating to me in my head and expanding it with every telling begins to take shape. In a manner of speaking, each of my muses are characters in my stories that are demanding that I share their adventures. Gets noisy in there sometimes.

L.M. Stull said...

I love this! What a great post :) I love reading about where other writers get their inspiration from.

I particularly enjoyed Jennifer Bennett's post, ahh life, it can be wonderful, it can be horrible, but it is always inspirational.

Tim - I can totally relate to the shower inspirations - My muse is cruel, so she ALWAYS makes sure to taunt me with ideas when I am nowhere near pen and paper :)

Karen - HELLOO - tell your muse to stop on by my house any ol' time! ha

Orlando said...

You've got a winner here. Awesome idea and you did a great job of putting it all together.

Leslie Rose said...

Fun stuff! Your blog is a lot of fun.

Lyn Midnight said...

@TL Hah, I can totally relate to the noise. ;)

@LMStull Lol, that's what I said! Get in line, woman! (hugs fluffy Devlin bear)

@Orlandooo (This is actually a quote from The Sweetest Thing, haha) Thanks. :)

@Leslie Thanks so much for dropping by and leaving such lovely comments!

K. Victoria Smith said...

My muse does not have one name, it is the voices that inhabit my head. I tell them that the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Right now Nora is battling Padraig for who is the most interesting. Tim, I get the shower thing. I had a full blown discussion with Micaela, my MC if Dark Dealings, in the shower They have loosened the straight jacket so I can type this. I have a nice way of keeping track of my muse and/or characters on my blog at http://kvictoriasmith.blogspot.com/2011/03/how-build-and-track-my-characters.html.

Love this post!

Jettica said...

My muse doesn't have a name. All I know is that she's fickle and very picky. She also tends to show up when I am very unprepared.

Great post!

Gina Blechman said...

Wow, I found this so inspiring. I've never seen anyone talk or write about their muse(s) in this way. Thanks for the post. *clicks to follow you*

<3 Gina Blechman

Lyn Midnight said...

@ K.VictoriaSmith That's a good system you have there. :) And if anyone gets the voices-in-head thing, that's me. Though I hear writers are much like schitzophenics in this way.

@Jet Thanks for dropping by, sweets! :) And you can always name him or her. (Yes, I am name-obsessed.)

@Gina Thank you, Gina! I know, right? I was delighted by the results. *hugs contributors* Lots more coming. ^_^

Melanie said...

Wow! I am in amazement at the talent I have the honor of reading. What a great idea! Thanks for allowing me to be inspired and learn what "muse" is, or isn't, in the meantime.

Julie Musil said...

Wow, this is so cool! What an excellent idea, and this writing is amazing.

Amba Nair said...

Yoda! This is news to me ! That so many bloggers find their muses in the most mundane of things! It makes me feel almost normal :) I loved all of them especially Jennifer's and Carissa's ! Lovely contributions! :) Keep going Yoda!

Lyn Midnight said...

@ Melanie & Julie Thanks for dropping by you guys. :)

@Amba Hahahah, I feel powerful being someone's Yoda. ^_^ Thanks for reading and leaving your thoughts, sweets. ;)

And don't forget parts 2 and 3, lol.