The Muse

I can appreciate those writers who get writer’s block. As I sit here trying to figure out what to write about today, I consider those authors who have created whole worlds in their heads and then have the talent to relay that to us. I’m lucky if I can get a single thought down on a blog without getting distracted or losing interest.

In Greek Mythology there were 9 Muses. All daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. They were the goddesses of poetic inspiration. They were adored deities of song, dance, and memory. Their mercy bequeathed the creativity, wisdom and insight of all artists and thinkers. They were depended upon.

  • • Thalia (“The Cheerful One”) was the Muse of Comedy and was often portrayed holding a comic mask or a shepherd’s crook;
  • • Urania (“The Heavenly One”) was the Muse of Astronomy, and you can often see her holding a globe;
  • • Melpomene (“She Who Sings”) was the Muse of Tragedy, and she is either holding a tragic mask or some other symbol of tragedy (sword, club, buskins);
  • • Polyhymnia (“She of the Many Hymns”) was the Muse of Hymns and sacred poetry, often depicted with a pensive look hidden behind a veil;
  • • Erato (“The Lovely One”) was the Muse of Lyric Poetry; naturally, she’s usually represented with a lyre;
  • • Calliope (“The One with a Beautiful Voice”) was the Muse of Epic Poetry; Hesiod claims that she was the foremost among the nine, since “she attends on worshipful princes”; Calliope can often be seen holding a writing tablet;
  • • Clio (“The Celebrator,” “The Proclaimer”) was the Muse of History, and, quite fittingly, she usually holds a scroll;
  • • Euterpe (“She Who Pleases”), was the Muse of Flute-playing, which is why she is time and again portrayed with an aulos;
  • • Terpsichore (“The One Delighting in the Dance”), was the Muse of Choral Lyric and Dancing; as expected, she is usually shown dancing and sometimes holding a lyre.

Which brings me to a hidden talent that I claim to have. An inner muse. But like Serendipity in the movie Dogma, I can’t use the ideas for myself. I am able to give you ideas for many ventures, businesses, stories, or even vacations.

If you have a desire to open a business, I will be happy to come up with an idea for you (I truly do have a list that I use for my regular job, shout out to Peas, for being my partner in crime on that.)

If you want to write a story/novella/book, come to me and I will help you create the world in which your imagination is in control. But do not ask me to write my own book, those worlds live solely in my head and if they meet paper, they will vanish.

Perhaps it’s only true in my head that I have this hidden muse, but if you want to see if I can help you, all you have to do is ask. If it is only true in my head, I’m still happy with it. I know I can come up with ideas, and share them when needed. It’s just too bad that I can’t use my ideas for myself. Oh well, we all have our burdens.

Stay weird my friends!

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