Wednesday, June 8, 2011

My Muse, with Labels

This month's Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog question comes from Deb Salisbury.

"How would you personify your muse?"

Well. Once, I thought she was like this, a bit S & M-like. But now, I realize she's more like this:

Cute right? Well, let's get down to the details and see how cute she really is.

1. Earplugs. These are some of the many items in her arsenal. She shoves these in so I can brainstorm ideas and have no idea that my family is asking me when, for the love of their empty stomachs, dinner will be ready.

2. Sunglasses. More like blinders. She slaps these on me all the time. What pile of dirty laundry?

3. Lasso. Not the lasso of truth, just a lasso. When I get busy doing the proper things, she yanks me back to focus on my ideas. It's okay except when I've got soap in my eyes and my laptop is far away.

4. Glue. Used to stick my butt to the chair so I can get my writing done.

5. Sharp claws. So she doesn't lose her grip on me.

6. Bellybutton. Not sure what this is for.

7. Thumb spike from hell. Great for poking me, mercilessly at times, most often after midnight.

8. Big, innocent eyes. "It's for your own good, sweetie!" she says. Ha. Not so innocent when it's three in the freaking morning.

9. Fangs.
She sucks all the good sense out of me, and replaces it with fantastical ideas.

There you go. She's a tough little sucker, she is.

So what's your muse like?

If you missed it, check out Laura's aMusing post from last week, and stay tuned for Sarah and Deb's in the coming weeks!

52 comments:

Miranda Hardy said...

Great picture!!! I love it. My muse is faceless and nameless, comes to me each morning demanding my time.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I shall have to catch up on last week's as I was away.

Have a good day.

Yvonne.

Anne Gallagher said...

Funny, I was going to do a post about my muse today too, but I didn't. Maybe next week I'll share.

Elouise82 said...

Your muse cracks me up, especially with the lasso. WHY do all the best ideas come in the middle of washing one's hair?

My muse looks more like a brown bear these days - it hibernates most of the time, looking all sweet and cuddly, but when it wakes up it is cranky and demands I feed it NOW. Then, usually when I'm in the middle of churning out ideas for food for it, it decides it's satiated and goes back to sleep.

Read my books; lose ten pounds! said...

haha. nice

Carolyn Abiad said...

Haha! I had that thunb spike from hell bug me several times last night. 12. 3. 5. and then I just gave in... #amwriting!

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

She is so cute in a kinda scary way. :)
I think my muse looks like that little fuzzball on the Flowers.com ad (or whatever flower company it was.)

Old Kitty said...

Awwww your muse is adorable!! And she ROCKS!!! Yay!

I would love my muse to look and be like the Olivia Newton John character in Xanadu but I doubt it!!! LOL!! Take care
x

lbdiamond said...

Haha! This is so creative, I love it!

I think the bellybutton is for when you get bored. You never know what you might find in there. (Gah. I think I just grossed myself out.)

Carol Kilgore said...

I love this! My muse woke me up before dawn this morning to tell me what I left out of my query. I didn't know whether to hug her or knock her out so I could go back to sleep. The hug won. Not sleep.

Bossy Betty said...
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Bossy Betty said...

I think your muse should ask my muse out for lunch. They'd have a good time together.

Deb Salisbury said...

LOL! I love your muse! She sounds far more energetic than mine.

cherie said...

That is pretty cute and hilarious! I don't know what my muse looks like. She tends to abandon me to go off on her little vacation. Very flighty. Fickle. But when she strikes, boy does she strike hard! She's a tiny imp carrying a sledgehammer. Yep, it's her alright. ;)

sarahmullengilbert said...

Love the bellybutton! :)

Carol Riggs said...

LOL, leave it to you, Lydia. Cute pic of your slavedriver muse. I especially like the sunglasses. Hey...mine must have sunglasses too! ;o)

The Golden Eagle said...

LOL. I love the picture of your must!

vbtremper said...

Sooo funny! Whatever works, right?

-Vicki

E. Arroyo said...

LOL. My muse are real people. Depending on what I'm writing and for whom, I can remain focused. My YA Contemporary was written for my niece, who likes real life stories. I tried fitting an alien in there, but she gave me _that_ look. It kept me focused. ☺

Critique Sisters said...

She's positively uh... adorable! Never really thought of our muses looking like little monsters but I could definitely see how that would make sense! LOL!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

I love the sunglasses! I'm not sure what my muse looks like, but my muse is definitely a bit naggy at times, doesn't have much respect for anything but writing, and could really care less about whether I am sleeping or not. Still, I don't know what I'd do without the little devil. ; )

notesfromnadir said...

A lasso? Lydia, you are very far away from New York when you can write about lassos! :)

Heather said...

That is one wicked looking muse! I have to admit, mine looks a little bit like Dwayne Johnson from The Scorpian King. It sounds fantastic, but you try writing with him standing over your shoulder... ;)

Talli Roland said...

Haha! Love it, Lydia! What a cute-looking muse. :)

ensouling said...

I deal with more traditional muses. Some Greek, some living breathing women. I'm very grateful for all of them! Your muse is adorable.

Speaking of belly buttons, have you heard of this? http://bodyodd.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/04/13/6466035-new-meaning-to-navel-gazing-scientists-study-belly-button-bacteria?ocid=twitter

Bryce Daniels said...

Hold on a second.I've got to stop laughing.

......

Ok, think I can type now. This was hilarious! LOVED it!!!!

I'm not sure I could describe my muse. I can't, as of late, get her to sit still long enough for a portrait.

Linda Gray said...

Muse? Oh, THAT's what's missing from my writing life! I'm gonna get right on that, thanks!

You are in good company with the belly button thing, you know. Toni Morrison's MC in Song of Solomon doesn't have one! AND that was an Oprah book choice!

Suze said...

I think the belly button is a fairly literal symbol. It's where you hook up to the source-- not to get too visceral or anything. I think you can handle it, though. You're in medicine. :)

Alleged Author said...

My muse sits in the corner with a glass of wine. If she's not too drunk, I'll maybe get one thousand words from her. :P

Sarah said...

My muse is a fickle little thing, often wandering off to more interesting writers. Then, I'm forced to continue without her. :/

Theresa Milstein said...

Big eyes AND fangs?!

I think my muse is my cat, so I know exactly what she looks like.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Stickybutt!

LynNerd said...

Hi Lydia! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. You have a really cool blog. I'm going to send your link to my co-author, who's a retired OB-GYN so she can read your blog and get ideas to start her own. You sure do have a lot packed into your days.

Love your muse and all those little things she uses to prod you on. My muse is actually a male and wears a wife beater shirt, has huge biceps, has the face of a geekster, wears a Beanie & Cecil hat (you know, with the little twirly bird that spins at the top), and he eats a banana split every day.

Fun post!

-E- said...

looks like the progeny of shrek and mrs. piggy.

Milo James Fowler said...

"Bellybutton. Not sure what this is for." That made me smile.

Krispy said...

My muse long ago decided anonymity was the best way to go. I still have no idea what it looks like or what it is, but it lurks around, sending me shiny ideas whenever I should be doing something else. Then it slinks off again before I can find it and yell at it for distracting me.

Jessica Nelson said...

That's so funny. My muse needs to take lessons from yours because I get away with way too much. :-)

Ciara said...

I absolutely, 100% LOVE this. Can I print it and put it up on the door to my office. I SO get your muse. :)

Lydia K said...

Yes, Ciara!

M Pax said...

Oh, I your muse is great. Love the sunglasses and lasso and ... all of it.

Mine sometimes handcuffs me to the keyboard. Sometimes she gives me a kick and says, "Go do something else."

Nas Dean said...

Hi Lydia,

It was hilarious what the MUSE does yet so true! Your muse seems to know how to be very productive, not like mine...always distracting me!

Sarah said...

You had me at bellybutton. I love this post and cringe at the thought of having to follow this particular act! This is hilarious.

Leslie Rose said...

Love your muse, and she comes equipped with so many extras. You must have ordered the top of the line muse.

Robert Guthrie said...

Awesome fangs! My muse whistles calmly.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I love your muse, I am hoping I have someone like her. Mine is a guy who is a bit of pervert and a sadist rolled into one. He bugs me at the wrong time and throws tantrums when I am unable to pay attention to him.

Jonene Ficklin said...

Haha, too funny - you could write a book about your muse!

Donea Lee said...

I like your muse!! Looks like she's keeping you on track ~ :) Cute pic!

Btw - remember, oh...a few months ago when you won in one of my blogfests? You wanted a copy of POSSESSION. Well, I have it! Signed, even!!! Please e-mail me and remind me where I need to send it, again, please? (You still want it, right?)

Beth said...

I could use a bit of that glue, myself.

Olga said...

LOL! I like your muse and I want it. I want it now!

Phoenix said...

HILARIOUS. I love your muse (and want to keep her for the weekend.)

My muse, I'm pretty sure, is a pissy dragon that I have yet to get a saddle on. One of these days... one of these days.

Ghenet Myrthil said...

OMG so funny! I love your drawing and all of your muse's elements. :)

Anita said...

LOL! I posted about this today (hope it's okay if your readers join in the traveling blog, it was too fun to pass up). I have to say this post is BRILLIANT! And what an artist you are. Hee. Your muse still sounds a little like a dominatrix, though. Especially with that lasso thing going on.

 
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