I’ve mentioned my Missing Muse and lack of inspiration to write lately. The topics of muses and lack of creative motivation are routine challenges for writers across our community. The pandemic, isolation, political, and economic challenges have touched our lives and many a muse is missing or at least in serious remission.
I’ve written about my muse, Muse Brad, on many occasions. He has been the source of much love, creativity, frustration, and fickleness. Our muses and our writing seem to need a delicate mix of discipline and allowing. Too much allowing and nothing gets done. Too much discipline and we kill our muse’s spirit. The trick is learning to use the right mix to create flow.
Our caring community has nurtured my muse for many years. In fact, you are the main reason I still write. Thank you!
What is important is that we listen and allow our muses to express. They are the creative spark of life inside us that wants to create, live, and love. So we write, photograph, paint, cook, garden, and express in a variety of ways. It’s important to give our muses the opportunity to express.
Having large audiences, sales, published art, etc are all nice, but not the point. The point is to allow and express. Martha Graham addresses the topic beautifully in her famous quote.
There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action… It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction… There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.Martha Graham
Our muses have been summoned by multiple challenges from Diana, Greg, Allie, and others in our community. I had so much fun previously that I decided to call our collective muses with a twist.
May 31st is my birthday and you’re invited to a muse celebration.
I’m calling our WordPress family to join me in celebrating our muses as part of my Birthday Party. Everyone is invited, along with past characters like Greg’s ice cream loving muse, Allie’s caffeine addicted muse, Moka Chino, and Diana’s foul mercenary muse. We have quite a motley crew, some of whom I’ve borrowed in past episodes and added my own misfits like Detective Dan, Medusa Mary, and Chimera Soulfire.
Come as you are; scruffy, sexy, dressed in PJs or not, medicated or high on life. Don’t worry about the topic or format. Any story, poem, art, or creativity is welcome!
I’m hoping to celebrate with friends old and new, and maybe bring some muses out of hiding, including my own!
Here are my requests; all participation is optional.
Write a post about your muse or something new from the wells of your imagination. Don’t have a muse? I would be honored if you borrowed one or more of my cheeky characters and created a new adventure for them. Or make up your own misfit muse. Some say our muses are the master, some would say we are. Just find what works for you and let the magic flow.
Include an image of yourself if you’re inclined. It would be nice to see your smiling faces. We’ve been isolated for too long. This party is an opportunity to let our lights shine. Too often, we stay in the background behind our muses, books, and creations.
You can send me links in the comments, but I won’t be reblogging. This is a fun, easy challenge to see who joins my birthday and muse celebration. Your presence is my birthday gift. If you write a post, it’s a wonderful bonus.
Tag your post #MuseFest2021
Let the party begin!