Sunday, 23 November 2008

How musing...

Muses…nope I don’t have one. What are they? Well they’re supposedly beings that inspire you to be creative or -

One of the nine goddesses who presided over song and the different kinds of poetry, and also the arts and sciences; -- often used in the plural.

Some writers are always saying they rely on their muse or that their muse was AWOL so they could not write. I don’t get that. Why rely on something that in theory is an imaginary friend? Remember when you were a kid and other kids had imaginary friends and you just went along with it because you were a kid and what the hell did you know? Besides they probably had really good stuff you didn’t so going to play at their house with them and their ‘friend’ was okay because you didn’t have to share with their ‘friend’. Now as an adult if you have an imaginary friend you are considered nuts.

Being considered nuts doesn’t bother me at all. Whatever. But placing blame for not being able to write something because your muse deserted you sounds like a load of crap to me. Either you can do something or you can’t. Either you are in the mood or you aren’t. Blaming a non-existent being is a cop out. Why can’t you just say – nah, didn’t feel like writing today as a packet of Tim Tams beckoned me to sit on the sofa and be a sloth - instead of the more dramatic - my muse was not with me today so I was bereft of creative inspiration. Oh yeah? Where were they instead? Off musing for someone else? Can muses do that? Be slut muses? Available for anyone? What and where do muses go when they are not standing at the side of the writer who blames them for no writing that day? Maybe muses think “Stuff it, let ‘em think for themselves for a change. It’s not like writing is rocket science. Besides, I have to do my laundry today. Who cares if she gets chapter six finished? She’s going to blame me regardless so whatever…”

Actually having a muse is probably a good way to get out of all sorts of trouble like at work when you have not finished something when you should have. You could look at your boss and say ‘well, you know my muse was not with me today.’ Or maybe the next time you get a traffic ticket you can say to the policeman ‘This is my muse’s fault because I wanted to go left but they said no – go through the stop sign and I had to obey their creative instinct.'

So in finishing, if you have an actual muse please send me a picture or better still get them to swing by and get them to tell me about life as a muse.

For hundreds of years people have talked about artists having inspiration, but often, some persons would say, write us a symphony or write us a song, on commission. The artists would come up with a masterpiece without waiting to have their muse inspire them --
Tom Glazer

Funny about that…..
Go ahead: Live with abandon.