Meanwhile, I finished my first assignment for DeeDee Scott's Muse Therapy class, which was to "name your muses and identify what makes them tick - and what ticks them off." It's funny; I never thought of my muses as separate entities before, but now that I have completed this exercise, they seem as real to me as the characters in my books (and that's pretty real). And now that I know who they are, I can better take advantage of all they have to offer me. This is what I came up with.
My muses are Manishi (from the Hindu, meaning "sagacity, desire"), Imani (Swahili, "faith, belief") and Aldith (Old English - "seasoned warrior"). These beautiful, strong women live up to their names - and they wear bright colors, great shoes, and funky accessories (frothy scarves and big earrings) unique to their individual personalities. They are steadfast and consistent; they meditate for ten minutes every morning, prefer wholesome, delicious food, sleep at least seven hours every night, and exercise - usually walking outside - daily. They like working for me but they don't NEED this job; they show up on time every morning, but if there is nothing for them to do they aren't likely to stick around waiting. And if they leave unfulfilled, it can be really challenging to convince them to come back. Like me, they like to kick back weekends; if they had their 'druthers, they would go out dancing every Friday night, spend Saturdays poking around at indie bookstores/antique shops/Ross/DSW/hobby and craft shops, and people-watch every Sunday afternoon at Starbucks. These are ways they restock their creative ponds. They request dark chocolate and red wine daily and need cruise ships and/or the beach at regular intervals in order to fully relax and recharge.
I have a lot in common with these ladies but they are SO MUCH BETTER than I am. I am not nearly as wise, confident or brave as they are, but they provide good examples for me and they stay by my side despite my shortcomings. So the least I can do is be ready when they arrive every day and take advantage of their willingness to help me DO THE WORK.
Naturally, DeeDee had some wise and insightful comments in response to all of this. If you haven't been to her site before, click HERE to check it out.
In the spirit of the muses, I have been coveting these salt and pepper shakers ever since I saw them on Pamela Mason's blog this morning. Designed by Jonathan Adler, they definitely appeal to my sense of whimsy!
Mr. & Mrs. Muse
Who are your muses? What do you do to feed and care for them? How do you nurture your whimsical side?
This post was supposed to go live on Tuesday but here it is the wee hours of Wednesday. Check in later for that picture of Nathan's room as well as my today's ROW80 update.