The Insecure Writer’s Support Group ~ No#12

                                               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.

Now head over to Alex's blog, where you can read an assortment of rants and raves from other wonderful and super-talented writers at the Insecure Writer's Support Group.


  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh on December 5, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I need that book. Wait, first I need a muse. Crap.

  2. Kimberly Gabriel on December 6, 2012 at 12:01 am

    I think my muse is the one on strike. 😉 Loved this.

  3. L. Diane Wolfe on December 6, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Maybe I need to read more junk.

  4. Elise Fallson on December 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Ha! Love this! I've got a drastic method of waking up my muse and it's going to start with a trip to Paris very soon…(;

    • michelle on December 8, 2012 at 7:37 am

      @Alex ~ You need a muse? Highly unlikely, Alex… I think you have two or three to spare… care to lend one to me? 🙂

      @Kimberley ~ They always go on strike, at the most inconvenient times. 🙂

      @L.Diane ~ Do you think you'd really be able to do so?

      @Elise ~ I don't think any muse would be able to resist Paris. That should definitely wake her up… actually I don't think anybody would be able to resist the charm of Paris…

  5. Morgan Shamy on December 6, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    This is SO clever! I've never read anything like this before! Seriously, Michelle, totally cool. Loved it. 😀 

  6. PK Hrezo on December 6, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Lol Love it! I'm a slave driver to my muse. If she ain't up, I break out the whip. 😉

  7. J. A. Bennett on December 6, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Very cute! I love it 🙂

  8. JNCL on December 7, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Thank you very much for the "Like" of Facebook. New follower!

    • michelle on December 8, 2012 at 7:40 am

      @Morgan ~ thank you Morgan, I'm glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

      @PK ~ seems that your no-nonsense attitude is the right one… show the muse who the real boss is! 🙂

      @J.A. ~ thanks Jenn. 🙂

      @JNCL ~ you're welcome!

  9. Shelly on December 7, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Muses…lazy? Loved it.
    Hugs and chocolate.

  10. Lexie C on December 7, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Loved this!! And it's so very true- reading uber bad writing really kicks up the desire to write (something – anything better). I'm am learning that right now from some odd books I've picked up lately.
    Great post!! 🙂

  11. Medeia Sharif on December 7, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I love this take on muses. This was a great idea for IWSG.

  12. joylene on December 7, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I think my Muse slept in the day these Muses got together. My Muse sleeps in a lot!
    LOL .Excellent post.

    • michelle on December 8, 2012 at 7:46 am

      @Shelly ~ hugs back to you!

      @Lexie ~ thanks Lexie! 🙂

      @Medeia ~ thanks Medeia!

      @Joylene ~ at least your muse is not too exposed to the complaints of the other muses… which is a good thing? Right? LOL.

  13. Sherry Ellis on December 7, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Can she drop off that book at my place?  LOL!

    • Sabrina A. Fish on December 7, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      Loved this! You forgot the muse that speaks by dream only. Mine loves to haunt my dreams. 

  14. Shannon Lawrence on December 8, 2012 at 12:15 am

    This was fun!  Thanks for a creative change.
    Shannon at <a href="">The Warrior Muse</a>

  15. Julie on December 8, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Oh, it would be so nice to have a muse! Very cute story Michelle!

    • michelle on December 8, 2012 at 7:53 am

      Julie, she/he is probably out there somewhere… looking for her/his rightful mistress… you need to put an advert in the Lost & Found section of the Quarterly Muse Gazette. LOL

  16. Rekha on December 8, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Now, I wonder, who was the mysterious author of that book…she/he may be siting ona mountain of gold, literally.
     Damn good story and i your blue haired muse's chutzpah.

    • michelle on December 8, 2012 at 7:55 am

      Welcome back, Rek! I'm so glad you stopped by. I love that word – chutzpah… 🙂

  17. michelle on December 8, 2012 at 7:49 am

    @Sherry ~ sorry, but I think you'll have to wait in the queue… and it's quite long! 🙂

    @Sabrina ~ what happens if your dream-maker goes on strike? 🙂

    @Shannon ~ glad you enjoyed it!

  18. Madeleine on December 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Bravo! I loved this. :O)

  19. murees on December 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    This is really great. One's muse can be a bit tricky at times. 

  20. Candilynn on December 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Very fun IWSG post!!

    • michelle on December 8, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      @Madeleine ~ thanks! Bravo to your "finger" story… it's awesome 🙂

      @Murees ~ so glad you stopped by… 🙂

      @Candilynn ~ thank you for the visit!

  21. Tyrean on December 8, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Funny, wonderful post!!!

  22. Carol Kilgore on December 8, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Blue hair, eh? Not my muse. But next time she says she's off to a meeting, I guess I know where she's headed 🙂

  23. Emily R. King on December 9, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Ha! So that's where my muse went…

  24. tammy theriault on December 9, 2012 at 6:23 am

    very sneaky you are. loved it!

    • michelle on December 9, 2012 at 6:47 am

      @Tyrean ~ thanksTyrean!

      @Carol ~ now we know they have their own "get-togethers"… IMSG – Insecure Muses Support Group. 🙂

      @Emily ~ seems like we're not the only ones who have a support group…  LOL

      @Tammy ~ thank you Tammy.

  25. Rebecca Fyfe on December 9, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Love this! A very creative way to show the muse to writer relationship!
    As for me, I get my muse working by writing. If I write absolute rubbish, she is forced to help oout. 🙂

    • michelle on December 9, 2012 at 10:34 am

      Well, it seems like you know how to keep her "on her toes" and "under control"… 🙂 Thanks for visiting Rebecca!

  26. Carolyn Brown on December 9, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Very clever Michelle.  I love buying shoes as well, it is one of my fetishes. 

    • michelle on December 9, 2012 at 10:36 am

      Aha! So the one complaining about her mistress running off to the mall to buy shoes, is actually your muse! Busted! 🙂

  27. Leslie Rose on December 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    This story is a kick. Love the pic. I'm going to dye my muse's hair blue.

    • michelle on December 10, 2012 at 5:35 am

      It's worth a try. LOL. Maybe the blue-haired muses are the most compliant? Who knows. 🙂

  28. Rose on December 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Ha, ha! Too cute. I think my muse is trying to run away again, little bugger.

    • michelle on December 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      I think we could all do with a copy of this book… *sighs*

  29. Nas on December 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Loved this post! Creative geniuses!

  30. michelle on December 12, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Thanks Nas!

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