I kinda think I'm the latter. Sorry Muse.
And I'm of the opinion that that is a bad thing on many levels - not least of which is the one where the SPCM (Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Muses) may well visit my house to hit me and beat me lots (around the ankles obviously due to height restrictions... mind you... if they have wings???) But then there's the masochistic element - cos by abusing and not caring for my muse I'm doing damage to myself in the long run aren't I???
And d'ya know, I think I hadn't realized how dangerous this kind of abuse and neglect could be until this year... particularly after I finished Her One And Only Valentine... when I had that brief haitus between books where my muse was s'posed to magically appear with a brand new book plot like she always had before... and then DIDN'T. I mean nothing, nada, blank board type thing without even a flicker of hope for a new idea. And I kinda PANICKED. I mean OMG what if I'd used up my muse???? What if she looked less like the magical creature in the picture above and more like the one on the left??? Are we allowed another muse if we use up the first one??? Should we be allowed another one having abused and neglected the first???
I feel as writer's we really need to take this kind of thing very seriously!!!
I mean I do feed my muse regular pictures of Hot Guys to cast as hero's... so that's one tick off the list... I let her watch Romantic Movies and RomCom's from time to time and very very occassionally I let her read someone elses books (though this often depresses her!!!) - and there's no doubting I give her plenty of good red wine and coffee to help through the saggy middles of her stories... BUT when it comes to taking her outside of the cave and giving her time off - well - I SUCK.
Any wonder the poor wee soul went on strike!!!
Now thankfully she had given me the plot of His Mistress: His Terms to keep me going and she had definitely given me the bare bones for Getting Even (until Gabe started to cause problems!) but I think until I took her to Lincoln and allowed her a few days off she was quite determined to stand in a corner with her arms folded, tapping her heel while pouting and ignoring my pleading and whining... And really - who could blame her???
A big trip should help her some though, shouldn't it??? Now I just need to think of some other ways to suck up to her... I've wheedled a Romance plot and a Modx plot out of her thanks to Lincoln so she def does reward me when I reward her... But I need at least another Romance plot before the end of the year (AT LEAST) so what shall I do to get her to stop that flipping irritating tapping???
Any suggestions??? And are you a Muse's best friend or guilty of Muse Abuse??? C'mon - fess up... I'll go first...
My name is Trish Wylie - and I abuse my muse.