I had a reader ask recently who (or what) is my muse?
Let’s start by defining a muse. Per Merriam-Webster.com, a muse (noun) is a source of inspiration; especially: a guiding genius. When capitalized, Muse is also one of the nine sister goddesses in Greek mythology presiding over song and poetry, and the arts and sciences.
The concept of a muse has always struck me as somewhat bewildering and a bit far-fetched. Poets and sculptors have muses. Authors, however, draw their stimulus from everyone and everything around them. From that sour-faced lady in line at the grocery store to a funny meme posted on Facebook. Inspiration is in the eye of the beholder.
Even so, I’ve always harbored the fantasy of having a muse because it would be a fun thing to be able to claim. A few years ago, a lovely gray cat ambushed me during a walk and followed me home. After unsuccessful attempts to find her owner, we decided to keep her. I wanted to call her Muse, or maybe Mews, but Mr. Snark vetoed it.
Go away! You’re bothering me!
Luckily, I was able to find a work around. We named the kitty Clio instead. Mr. Snark thinks she’s named after Pinocchio’s cat, Cleo, but she’s really named for the Greek Muse of history. She’s really not all that inspirational so far as story ideas go. In fact, she’s a little on the grumpy side, but she’s soft and plush. Made for petting, and we love her.
What about you? Do you have a muse? Leave me a comment below!
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Melissa Snark lives in the San Francisco bay area with her husband, three children, and a glaring of mischievous felines. She reads and writes fantasy and romance, and is published with The Wild Rose Press & Nordic Lights Press. She is a coffeeoholic, chocoholic, and a serious geek girl. Her Loki’s Wolves series stems from her fascination with wolves and mythology.
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