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:

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!

181 thoughts on “Meet the Muse (prompt)

  1. 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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  2. 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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  4. […] 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. I do love it when Julie Holmes does this. Y’all are so fun and creative. πŸ™‚

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  8. 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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    • LOL. I had to mention the skimpy outfit, Pam, and the way he’s sitting. I have a vague idea of who the ferryman will be, and he’s not going to be this muse (at least not without some modification. πŸ™‚
      And I’d be happy to share your link, Pam. I remember the post and it would fit perfectly with the prompt. I’m heading to your place to grab it now. πŸ™‚

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  9. 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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  10. […] 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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  11. […] 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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  13. 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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  16. michnavs says:

    Awww this is very interesting Di..😍😍😍

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  17. 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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  18. kingjames52 says:

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

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  19. 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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