Musing about muses.

I’ve been thinking a bit about muses lately – ever since dropping by Iggi and Gabi’s blog this weekend. Gabi is a middle grade and young adult author, a fellow campaigner. Iggi is her muse, and it’s a somewhat cute but odd-looking critter.

My muse doesn’t really have a name. I’m sure that she’s been hanging around my life ever since I was a little boy, but she was invisible until I started looking for her, which was during my Roswell fanfic phase, because a lot of my friends over at Roswell Fanatics were talking about their muses. So, when mine finally appeared to me, she showed up looking a lot like Shiri Appleby, who played Liz Parker on the show. She’s also usually around 20 centimeters tall, subject to change, and flies around without wings. Even though I’m no longer so Roswell-obsessed as I used to be, Musey appears to like that shape and has shown no signs of changing it in order to look like some newer fad.

I don’t usually see my muse at all when I’m writing, but I’m glad that I went out and found her like I did, it’s a nice way to remind me that she’s there, supporting my creative energy and doing everything she can to keep me inspired.

So – have you ever spotted your muse? If so, what is he/she/it like? If not, would you like to find a muse?

4 Responses to Musing about muses.

  1. I don’t usually see my muse per se, but given his “voice” and general ADHD self, I keep picturing my little brother actually. Kind of this good ol’ boy in his mid-twenties who loves stories with lots of pretty ladies and awesome explosions, and who doesn’t have much of an attention span once my other muse shows up.

    I guess a cross between Samantha Carter and Daniel Jackson from Stargate SG-1 is the closest I could come to describing her succinctly. She’s my muse of scientific theory and world building. I don’t really have a mental image of her, but she’s very bookish, slightly obsessive, and excitable when she comes across new studies.


  2. Susan says:

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  3. avatar139 says:

    Scarily, I suspect that River Tam is both my Muse and my feminine side all in one!

    In addition to her own oddities she has my high overall weirdness level but seems to channel it in very different ways.

    She is also highly disorganized due to her reliance on intuition to come to the majority of her conclusions and strongly entertains thoughts of violence and mayhem with sharp objects and explosives!

    I can’t imagine why my writing abilities have suffered in recent years! 😉


  4. Juliana says:

    This is really interesting. I’ve never heard someone talk about their muse being visual and having appearance. I suppose I would describe mine as more of a spirit presence.

    Thanks for making me think on this one!


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