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e-maginings: Naming My Muse

October 16, 2009 by in category The Romance Journey tagged as , , with 3 and 0
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Hi all,

We had a great OCC Birthday Party on Saturday though I had to leave early and missed the yummy looking cake. While there I signed up for the new online class called Muse Therapy by D. D. Scott. D.D. has given us some interesting homework assignments, and I’m going to share what I’ve learned about my muse so far.

D.D. suggested we name our muse. Mine is a 1960’s flower child, so she needed a hippie name. I considered Sunshine and Starshine, but those are both too constant for this fickle little lady. So I decided on Zephyr since she’s about as easy to pin down as a gentle breeze.

Zephyr loves: history, science fiction & fantasy, anything paranormal or New Age (astrology, Tarot cards, etc.), books, movies & music (folk, rock, New Age, movie soundtracks, some classical, a little country Western but no rap or hip hop). Music helps the two of us get anchored in a story, and I usually pick a movie soundtrack for each new book or story.

Like me, she lacks patience and stick-to-itiveness (not good traits for either a writer or a muse). Also like me, she’s easily distracted.

Zephyr loves the ocean and mountains, is OK with the desert if it’s not too hot (she really loves Sedona). Big cities are fun once in a while but too distracting. So much to do and see.

Unlike me, she doesn’t seem to have a temper, but she can sulk big time, not to mention just disappearing on me for long periods of time. It’s very passive aggressive of her, lol. She’s been AWOL for a while now, but recently made a reappearance. Problem is, every time she shows up, it’s usually with a new story idea, not how to finish the current WIP.

She’s earthy with a dirty mind as well as a potty mouth, and an active sense of humor. She does have a serious side, though, and a surprisingly formal writing voice. Or maybe that’s because it’s all filtered through my more logical brain.

What form does your muse take?

Linda McLaughlin
w/a Lyndi Lamont
http://www.lyndilamont.com
http://flightsafancy.blogspot.com

3 Comments

  • Anonymous
    on October 16, 2009

    D.D., thanks for dropping by. I'm enjoying the class a lot! The post at my personal blog is about my computer virus woes. This one has to be "unique content" so I can't cross post it.

    Gale, it's probably not to late to join the class. It wouldn't take long to catch up.

  • Anonymous
    on October 16, 2009

    This is the best description of a muse I've ever read! Wish I was taking DD Scott's class. Love it!

  • Anonymous
    on October 16, 2009

    Well done, Linda!

    And I'm luvin' the image you found for your Zephyr!

    Have you posted her in your writing area?!

    You rock!

    Glad you're enjoying Muse Therapy!

    Sexy Sassy Smart Zephyr Wishes — D. D. Scott

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