Bluebell SSS Prompt No. 13 ~ An A-Muse-ing Encounter


The blue-haired muse had not a care in the world. She sat perched on the lowest branch of the tree, book in hand, legs swinging, relaxed and confident.

A group of her counterparts had gathered for their monthly discussion.

The conversation turned to their respective masters.

"There's one thing that baffles me," began the newest member ,"why are we labelled as elusive, almost hidden entities? We are to blame whenever 'they' hit a 'brick wall'."

"Knowing my master, I think it's a convenient "cop out", a reason not to go out and look for writing ideas."

"They don't get it, do they?" piped the laziest of the bunch. "They experience "writer's block" because we stop talking to them. Simple as that." He was chuffed with his comment. That was for sure.

"My one is smart. She's on to me. Big time. She knows exactly what to do in order to get me out of my lazy condition. She provokes me. Know how? By reading absolute "junk"… super-ultra-uber bad writing. I detest that!" They all nodded their heads, horrified. "I could shake her! How on earth is she going to polish her writing skills by reading "hogwash"?

They shook their heads, sympathetic and supportive.

"Well, I'm on strike," declared the rebel, proud and defiant. "She sat, stubborn, like a pitbull, in front of her manuscript, daring me to ignore her one more time! I refuse to succumb to any "fancy tricks" like that. I said, time out! I need a break."

"You think that's bad? Mine imagined me taking her by the hand and whispering "sweet inspiration" into her ears. Geez, I'm her muse, not her husband!"

"Talk about inconsistent and fickle… which is what mine calls me… How many times have I been woken from my slumber only to be abandoned in favour of more "material pursuits"… shoes! Off to the mall, is her famous line. And that's why I'm stubborn!"

The group stopped. They looked up at the blue-haired muse in the tree. She hadn't moved an inch, was absorbed in her reading.

She closed the book with a snap!

"Duty calls," and she was off like a flash!

The book was left behind. They inspected the cover. The title read: The Writer-Muse-Relationship… 100 Ways To Ease Your Writerly Blues.

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  1. Marbles in My Pocket on October 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    This is wonderful, Mish. You did an excellent job of touching on many of the things that cause a writer to run into a block. A very well written and very entertaining piece!

  2. Morning on October 30, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    powerful and outtsnading creation, a true tease, very well done.
    you never disappoint,
    keep it up.

  3. keiths ramblings on October 30, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    My muse is a combination of all of them – she's my fickle friend!

  4. A.B. Thomas on October 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    fantastic little write! There's alot incorporated into the thought, process and especially the end!

  5. The Golden Eagle on October 30, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I love the dialogue between the muses!

  6. Shelly on October 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I really enjoyed this. It put a smile on my face.

  7. Laurie on October 30, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Where can I get that book for my muse?  I guess I'd have to first find my muse to give it to her.  Mine's been on strike most of my life.  Great write.  I really liked this. laurie @ 

    • mish on October 31, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      @Charles ~ …glad to provide some light entertainment.
      @Morning ~ thanks for the kind words…
      @Keith ~ your muse sounds like quite a character…
      @A.B. ~ not so sure about the ending… it’s the best I could do!
      @Golden Eagle ~ … welcome to the monthly Museville gathering. LOL.
      @Shelly ~ glad to be of service, m’dear!
      @Laurie ~ *chuckles*I think every muse goes on strike at some time or the other.

  8. Karen A Einsel on October 31, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Hi Muse Great post this morning!
    And yes, I think we have a little of all of these inside our heads!
    Well at least I know I have.

    • Karen A Einsel on October 31, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      Ooops! It's supposed to say, Hi Mish! Great muse! lol!

      • mish on October 31, 2011 at 9:16 pm

        Awww. You had to go and burst my bubble… 🙂 Hi Karen! Thanks for popping in.

    • mish on October 31, 2011 at 9:14 pm

      Muse? What a title! I’m honoured… glad to be of inspiration… *humble bow* LOL

  9. The Noiseless Cuckooclock on November 3, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    this could be a movie clip,
    very tight and brilliant write,

    • mish on November 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm

      A movie clip… that’s a first! What a lovely compliment, thank you ! 🙂

  10. e.a.s. demers on November 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    LOL… oh my, I really did love this one! I never thought about muses being just as annoyed with their writers as the writers are with their own muses— quite a humorous little story 🙂

    • mish on November 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm

      Your comment made me think of one word – touche’ … so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  11. Jamie Dedes on November 10, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    A clever, fun piece. Thanks, Mish! 😉

    • mish on November 10, 2011 at 1:17 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  12. Anastasia on November 11, 2011 at 7:19 am

    What a great idea. My muse seems to be on strike right now!

    • mish on November 11, 2011 at 7:27 am

      I think everybody’s muse goes on strike at some time or the other! LOL.

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