Tuesday, 30 March 2010

The Muse

Charlie tries to find my writing muse.


I'm having to drag her out kicking and screaming into the open once more.

You see she's very shy and very insecure and very uncertain of her abilities. She only knows her weaknesses and never her strengths. She always tries to seek validation and isn't happy with a few nice words of encouragement.

My muse is rather needy. Unfortunately she is also rather hungry - not for chocolate, the mad creature - but for something else less tangible. She is a muse after all and they tend to be flighty and vain and rather selfish demi-goddesses.

But her heart is in the right place. She just needs a little coaxing rather than me wanting to force her out before she's ready.

Which of course makes her a gigantic pain in my nether regions. But please don't tell her that or else she'll sulk and no amount of cake will coax her out.

At least she's more amenable to Charlie's charms.



Who wouldn't be? :-)

Have a lovely Tuesday everyone!

42 comments:

Kea said...

LOL to that first picture!

Well, I've found, in my creative endeavours, that when I step back and do something else, ideas usually will kick in. In other words, when my attention is not on producing something (in your case, your novel).

However, I've also heard it said many a time with regard to writing that the trick is to just sit down and write, regardless of whether or not it's drivel.

Just. Write.

The act of writing might stir your Muse, even if it takes a while to get what you want.

Write anything.

You know, my ex wanted to be a writer. He took creative writing courses and was quite adept technically. (Sentence construction, grammar, etc.) But he spent more time telling people that he was a writer than he did writing. (I'm NOT comparing him to you--lol!) I used to tell him that if he were as passionate about writing as he claimed, he'd be doing it, not talking about it.

So write, Old Kitty. Not your novel, just anything at all. A journal entry. A poem. Something. Anything. No matter if you don't like it.

Or, you could bake another cake. Or take more pics of Charlie. Or do something else completely different to give your mind a break. :-)

Honestly? I don't know what to suggest. My own creative muse departed some years ago and I haven't seen her since! Maybe I didn't bake her enough cakes.

umi_e said...

Hope you could get back what you have lost... You could get help from the professional to regain your password so that you don't have to start all over again... I could understand how difficult it is...

It is easy to say but it is hard to do...

Wish you luck... :)

* Kea... what you wrote about your ex, just like my hubby! He keeps telling he's an artist more than he sits down to do his painting :D

Jacqueline said...

Kim's words of wisdom are the best!...Like everything else in life, your muse will reveal herself when she is supposed to=it's all about timing/acceptance!(Sometimes, when you walk away, accept things as they are/do other things, you are inspired, have an epiphany...)...Good luck!...Jacqueline
We have so much fun in our tunnel!..Charlie, we love your photos=your fluffy furs are so awesome and we think you are a real handsome boy!...xo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Melody said...

She is a beautiful Goddess. She sounds like my girls. I think the female cats are more snoodie than male cats are. Anyway, she is just Lovely.

Paws & Whiskers,
Jude,Poo,Babybella,Piper & Marley

KarenG said...

If I were your muse, I would definitely come out for a piece of that delicious cake.

Susan Fields said...

If anyone can find your muse, I'm sure Charlie can! I find that the best ideas come to me when I take a walk and just let my mind think about whatever I'm working on. Then I can go home and pull out the laptop and get working!

TK said...

Well said. I think your muse should be more than pleased with this blogging oration in her honor!
Charlie sure looks satisfied.
I'm sure you will be brilliant!
TK's mom

Sharon Mayhew said...

You might need to take a walk...If I'm struggling, I grab my tiny tape recorder and Macy and head out for a walk.

Debra Harris-Johnson said...

Hi dear Kitty, it has been awhile since my computer got a bad bug and I've missed you. I'm back up and running and will be visiting you often.
Nothing feels as comfortable as fingers poised above a keyboard. Just let it flow.

Catherine said...

Hello ~ stopped in from Jacqueline's blog. Fun pictures ~ adorable kitty!

Theresa Milstein said...

Who wouldn't be amenable to Charlie's charms?!

Your muse is different from Roxy's Daniel Craig or Stephen King's burly guy. I'm still pretty sure my muse is my cat. Maybe I'm doing this wrong...

I'm glad you're back to writing - reluctant muse or not.

Brian said...

I really liked your pics Charlie and it is good to see you taking charge!

ABBY said...

WE think Charlie will find that elusive muse and bring her out to her fullest potential! What muse could resist such soft purrs and gorgeous fluff?

purrs
>^,,^<
Abby

Ann said...

If anyone can find the muse Charilie can!

Give her a bit of cake and I am sure she will be putty in your hands.

Amy and The House of Cats said...

We think Charlie is the perfect temptation for the muse - who could resist his cute face!

I wish I had a muse to even coax out - I have ideas but no idea what to do with them!

Talli Roland said...

Love the first photo!

Your muse will surface. She's there all the time, just waiting... P'haps some cake will help?

Marg said...

Well I hope you can find your muse. It looks like Charlie is being a huge help. So maybe he will drag it out from somewhere. I too find I can figure out something to write about by going for a walk or a drive to let my little tiny brain go into a different gear. Have a great day.

hampshireflyer said...

So your muse is hiding down a... toy aircraft hangar? What *is* that thing he's inside? :)

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Hey, thanks for letting us know about your problem with JFF and your IE browser. We found the same problem with our IE (which we don't use). We found where others who installed the new Blogger in Draft template are having the same or similar problems. It's a flaw in the code and since BinD has been told about it by a number of folks, we hope they will resolve it soon. We just wasted another day trying to figure out if it was something we did. It wasn't. When you visit blogs using blogger with IE, you can tell who has the new template by the little yellow triangle in the lower left of your browser. Double click on it and it will tell you there's a problem loading it. Great!

Niki said...

aww Kitty, I thought you would jump at the chance to do the blog A-Z challenge hehe

Rebecca @ Diary of a Virgin Novelist said...

Perfect analogy. Cats are exactly like the writer's muse. Stubborn as all hell. Never around when you need it. But soothing perfection at the most unexpected times.

Old Kitty said...

Hi Kim

Thank you so much! What great advice and lovely supportive thoughts, thank you! I really need them.

Now that I know your ex is a wannabe writer too, the chase is on - as in I want to get there before him - LOL!!

But first me and Charlie are gonna attempt baking hot cross buns!

p.s your photographer muse is very much with you!

Take care
x

Old Kitty said...

Hi umi_e

Thank you for your good wishes - very sweet of you!

Oh the lovely Bin of sillylupie blog has forwarded me a really amazing software for cracking passwords! So I'm very grateful and very happy! it's working away as I type this.

Well I think you are very talented especially with your decoupage!

Take care
x

Old Kitty said...

Hi Jacqueline and the wonderful Sukki, Calle, Halle!

Charlie says "purr-moew" thank you!!!!
:-)

And thank you from me for your supportive words, they do help!

Take care
x

Old Kitty said...

Hi Melody

Thank you so much.

I just popped into your blog to find that you've had an accident! Oh dear - please do go to the doctors and take care!

Your cats are adorable!!

x

Old Kitty said...

Hi KarenG

I'd better get baking some more!

:-)

Take care
x

Old Kitty said...

Hi Susan Fields

Great advice, thank you! You are so right - I'm fretting too much. I ought to just go for a walk, clear my mind and just write!

:-)

Take care
x

Old Kitty said...

Hi TK's mom!

Awww thank you! I feel a little silly now for being so down these past few days!

Charlie is a great help. I'm so glad he's here with me.

Take care
x

Old Kitty said...

Hi Sharon Mayhew

Aww the lovely Macy!!

Thanks for the fab advice. I'm perking up no end now!

:-)

Take care
x

Old Kitty said...

Hi Debra Harris Johnson!

Welcome back!!! I've read about your pc virus problems - how awful for you!!!

I hope things are ok now.

Thanks for the great advice - let the words just flow!

Take care
x

Old Kitty said...

Hi Catherine

Thanks for popping by!

Take care
x

Old Kitty said...

Hi Theresa Milstein

Daniel Craig is the one I store in my cupboard...

:-)

Awwww your cat is doing a FAB job being your muse!

Take care
x

Old Kitty said...

Hi Brian

I try but I can't help but swing to Charlie's rhythm - cos he's so cute!

:-)

Take care
x

Old Kitty said...

Hi Abby

Awwww - I'm so under Charlie's spell! He clicks his paws and I'm there!

LOL!

Take care
x

Old Kitty said...

Hi Ann

LOL!! Cake is always a good bribe!

Take care
x

Old Kitty said...

Hi Amy and the House of Cats

Oh, get those ideas down in paper!!! It's so important you keep them somewhere safe where you can refer to them again and again!

How exciting!!

Good luck!!!

Take care
x

Old Kitty said...

Hi Talli Roland

Oh cake helps. Cake definitely helps!

:-)

take care
x

Old Kitty said...

hi hampshireflyer

It's a tunnel tube thing that crinkles. Charlie sort of stuck his head in then took his head out and returned to Mr MacDoonaGoogle.

:-)

Take care
x

Old Kitty said...

Hi Marg

Great advice, thank you. I think the more I think about stuff the harder it gets - so clearing my mind really does help.

Take care
x

Old Kitty said...

Hi Jan's Funny Farm

Oh wow!! Thank you for that!! I've just been using firefox whenever I look at your blog - but now I'll do that and see what happens!

I love your new template btw! Great!

Take care
x

Old Kitty said...

Hi Niki!

Oh I was sorely tempted but then I just chickened out cos I didn't - well I don't - think I'll be that capable!! LOL!! I'll probably be stuck on C = Charlie, cats, cake, chocolate...

LOL!

You are doing GREAT!!!!!! with your A-Z challenge (yay - another c word!!)

Take care
x

Old Kitty said...

Hi Rebecca

Oh amen to that!

:-)

Take care
x