Meet the Muse (prompt)

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I’m reading a page-turner in my writing room when I hear conversations below me in the muddy track called “my driveway.” Nobody ever ventures up this mountain besides the solitary UPS driver, and this sounds like a crowd. I peek out the window.

Muses. Lots of muses. What the…?

They fall silent and, as one, swivel to stare at me. Expectant. It appears a decision has been made.

One of them breaks from the pack, and I can’t help but groan. The Mercenary Muse (once subcontracted by my Bossy Muse) starts up the rain-slick stairs.

I open the door and look up, way up. The muse is a hulk, and he smells like a battlefield after a month long campaign. He bares his teeth in a sneer as if I’m the one who needs a shower.

My Mercenary Muse (aka Discipline). Artwork by Peter Pham

“Where’s my regular muse?” I ask.

“In the ocean.” He tracks muddy prints on my floor and sits on a granite throne that appears in front of my couch. “She’s trying out your next book.”

“Oh really?” I arch my eyebrow and get a little huffy. “You’d think the author would have a say in the next story. What is she, a pirate or a mermaid?”

“A sea witch.” His grin is disturbing, though not as horrifying as his skimpy little outfit. I wish he’d close his legs. Yeesh. “I’m the Ferryman,” he adds.

My eyes snap up, and I blurt out a laugh. “Oh, no, you’re not.”

“Don’t defy a muse.” He glowers through the warning. “I am the Ferryman.”

“Gah!” I lean into his face, nose to crooked nose, angry enough to risk his breath. “No chance, big guy, not unless you submit to a complete makeover. Otherwise, forget it.”

“You’re the author.” He settles back in this throne with a smug smile and picks something from his teeth.

Artwork by Victor Nizovtsev

I wrinkle my face and cross my arms like a petulant… author. A Ferryman? And a Sea Witch? Am I actually considering this? I want to throw up but change the subject instead, “So, who are those muses, and what do they want? Don’t tell me they want scenes in the next book.”

He grunts to the negative. “They want some publicity for their authors, and I told them you’d help.”

My eyes narrow. “How?”

The brute leans forward, elbows on his knees. I’m tempted to hand him a toothbrush and bottle of mouthwash. He ignores my grimace. “They’re going to have conversations with their writers, and you’re going to reblog the posts.”

I tap a finger on my lower lip, considering the idea. The last time my blog friends joined in was a blast. And wonderfully creative.

I extend my hand. “Agreed.” We grasp each other’s forearms like warriors, and I squeak as my bones grate together.

“Agreed.” He lets go and heads for the door. “And I want your plot outlined by the end of the month.”

“But… but I’m not done with my reading challenge and now…”

If looks could squash me like a bug, I’d be plastered to the wall. He stomps down the stairs and joins the other muses. His throne fades away, and I peer out the window as the crowd disperses into the rain. I better get a post ready.

Here are the rules: (prompt now closed)

Post a conversation with your muse on your blog and link back to this post or leave a link in the comments. Don’t have a muse? Just open the door and see who shows up.

No word-limit and keep it family friendly. Include an image of your muse if you’re inclined (with respect for copyrights, please). I’ll reblog all posts received before December 1st. Thanks for playing… Meet the Muse!

229 thoughts on “Meet the Muse (prompt)

  1. cath says:

    Well, here’s my tardy contribution: https://cathum.wordpress.com/2020/12/07/the-bargain/
    Thanks for the prompt, and the special extension. It was a lovely challenge.

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  2. […] he leapt out from the challenge set by Diana Wallace Peach, for bloggers to share dialogues with their muses, after her deadline. Luckily, Diana is a […]

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  3. Jan Sikes says:

    Hi, Diana. Well, I wasn’t going to write anything in response to this prompt but my muse had other ideas. πŸ™‚ Here it is. https://jansikesblog.com/2020/12/05/my-persistent-muse/

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  4. […] Diana, who has a much more intimidating muse. Sorry I’m […]

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  5. I’m too late for your prompt, but if you’re willing, I’d love some help boosting my countdown .99 offer on Miss Liv Book I that I announced with my petticoat muse. OR just enjoy the post for a giggle, since you so kindly inspired it: https://misslivadventures.com/2020/12/04/an-a-musing-offer/ If you do choose to boost, probably on or after Dec. 6 would be best for your readers so they could get it right away if interested. Thanks for considering it, Diana! If you think your audience is Mused Out, I get it and no worries. πŸ™‚ – Sheri aka KJQ

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  6. […] is my reply to a writing challenge hosted by Myths of the Mirror. It was simple: Post a conversation with your muse. It made me have to think long and […]

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  7. […] Thanks to D. Wallace Peace for extending her challenge for a few extra days – and if you want to join in – go here […]

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  8. Hi Diana, I wasn’t sure if I could play but my muse helped after my break.

    https://theshowersofblessings.com/2020/11/30/my-multitasking-muse/

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  9. […] have a post to write for Diana’s prompt,” my muse […]

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  10. Loads of fun, Diana, although I’m going to have to pass this time, (I just pubbed SW today!) But I’ll join in next time. Terrific fun. Right now I’m still riding a high over finally (!) publishing that book. Thanks so much for all you did. ❀

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  11. cath says:

    Fabulous, Diana. I’m sorry to have missed this. But then, my muse is always running just a little late.

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  12. […] blog-writing, fantasy novelist buddy Diana Peach from Myths of the Mirror has invited her visitors to write a short story about our […]

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  13. […] Author, Diana Peach, has challenged her writer friends to share a little about their muse. You can join in here: https://mythsofthemirror.com/2020/11/20/meet-the-muse-prompt/ […]

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  14. […] Meet the Muse (prompt) This a fictional exchange close to real as all are with our muse – posted in response to the prompt from D Wallace Peach ‘Meet the Muse’ The references to the London stations, Embankment and Kings Cross relate to poems in ‘Shorts – a take on poetry’ – a bit of fun to figure out which one’s. […]

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  15. Dalo 2013 says:

    A fantastic post, great to meet your muses and to also get others to think about where their inspirations arise from and to give us an intro as well.
    Especially in a year such as this, it is important to let our muses run free in our minds πŸ™‚ Cheers to a great weekend ahead.

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    • Thank you for stopping by to read. I’ve enjoyed every post. It’s fascinating to me how artists find inspiration and motivation. And how they view and edit their work. I love learning about the creative process. Have a wonderful weekend, full of the creative spirit. ❀

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  16. Jada Harris says:

    What a fun read!

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  17. L.K. Latham says:

    Love the challenge! I’ll do it. πŸ™‚ Well, I’ll start after the holiday. It’s been a while since I had an excuse to lay back and do nothing. I need it.

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    • That sounds great L.K. I’d love to add you conversation to the list. I hope you had a wonderfully peaceful holiday. It’s my favorite one of the year. Happy Writing!

      (Oh, and your link isn’t working, so I can’t visit you. Take a look at your gravatar link and if you need help updating, I can give you the instruction – just let me know. Currently your link is l.k.latham.com)

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  18. TinyJeremy says:

    This is so interesting

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  19. Resa says:

    Hahaha! That was very funny. What a fab idea, getting writers to write about their muse(s). I’d do one, but I’m wallowing in creative commitments. We are in a lockdown here, so, I took on a lot of projects. Too many. Lol, I’ve been commissioned to draw a Frankenstein head. I guess if you want a really great portrait of Frankenstein, just ask someone who draws gowns.

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  20. jenanita01 says:

    Glad to see you busy again, Diana… Hope you like my muse!
    https://jenanita01.com/2020/11/25/muse-less/

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  21. […] now and then Diana Wallace Peach talks about her muse. In fact, she has more than one.  She gets other authors talking about […]

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  22. […] D. Wallace Peach shared a highly entertaining conversation with her muse, and invited us all to do likewise. I lamented that, sadly, my muse has gone missing. But, as I went on a desperate search for Mr. Muse, I began to wonder if he had indeed gone missing, or had he simply become neglected? […]

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  23. Diana, I do love reading about your muses. I’ve always said that I don’t seem to have one… but your remark about opening the door to see what was there had an impact. Here’s a link to my post — although it won’t be live until Wednesday, midnight Eastern.
    https://teagansbooks.com/2020/11/25/wednesday-writing-meet-the-muse/
    Thanks for doing this. Hugs on the wing!

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  24. C.E.Robinson says:

    Diana, I posted my Meet the Muse conversation on my blog site Can you believe I made a typo in your website address when it was published? Corrected it immediately on the site. Thank you for starting this fun challenge. Meet My Muses Lydia and Lilly at
    https://cerobinsonauthor.com/2020/11/24/meet-my-muses-lydia-and-lilly

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  25. I do love it when Julie Holmes does this. Y’all are so fun and creative. πŸ™‚

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  26. Yikes! I mean we can have more than one use? Oh my, the one I have now is about all I can handle. But here you are with a sea witch and a Ferryman (I have a feeling I’m supposed to know what a Ferryman is but I don’t…). I blogged about my muse about a month ago. Can I include the link to that? But if not that’s OK. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching you squirm under your Ferryman- that is some skimpy outfit!! 🀩

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  27. Almost Iowa says:

    Diane, I am in a tizzy, my heart is all aflutter. I have met a new muse and I think she could be the one.

    See Speed Dating with a Muse

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  28. […] Note: D. Wallace Peach (a fabulous writer and wonderful person) has challenged us to write about our muses. See Meet the Muse (prompt) […]

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  29. […] Thanks to Diana for the nudge to go looking for my missing muse. She and her muse have a tortuous relationship, which apparently works well for both of them. Her mercenary muse is a foul smelling hunk with serious control issues. May your relationship be long and ornery! If you want to join the hunt for our missing muses, please visit Diana’s hilarious prompt called Meet the Muse.Β  […]

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  30. […] was written as a response to D. Wallace Peach’s Meet the Muse. I’ve never thought much about my muse before, but I guess it’s probably a stodgy old […]

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  31. balroop2013 says:

    My Muse is home. Here is the link Diana:
    https://balroop2013.wordpress.com/2020/11/23/i-cant-be-shackled/
    Many thanks for the inspiration.

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  32. […] thanks to Diana for the inspiration, initiated by her muse. Click here for the rules and have fun with your […]

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  33. […] Meet the Muse (prompt) […]

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  34. michnavs says:

    Awww this is very interesting Di..😍😍😍

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  35. Teri Polen says:

    I don’t think I have a muse – but maybe I should take your suggestion about opening the door and see who shows up. Maybe they’d keep me on track. Looking forward to this!

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  36. kingjames52 says:

    I enjoyed the short read and look forward to the read and maybe I will get a muse??

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  37. Hahahaaha love this!! Your Discipline muse sure is a surly bloke πŸ™‚
    My conversation would be a little one sided I’m afraid; my muse is AWOL.

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