Monday, May 16, 2011

Nine Rounds and Counting

Okay, so I've been AWOL these last couple of weeks.  Sorry. Sorry. Really sorry, but I have a good excuse. . .honestly.

I got distracted.  Became possessed (in the best possible way, of course).

Yup, that's right.  I've been totally thrown over by my WIP (work in progress in author-speak). The sucker just took over, and is still running my life.  

Hallejuah! I love it when a plan comes together. And my muse shows up with boxing gloves.
Getting beat up by her is a pleasure. Really. Because all kinds of cool things start to happen. Exciting stuff that makes me lace up my gloves too and give equal measure as I go round after round with the story in my head. And yeah, you guess it.  I'm taking the beating. . .happily. Being knocked around the creative ring just feels so damn good. Muscles get stretched. Skills are sharpened. Plot kinks suddenly disappear, are ironed out or twist themselves straight.

And that got me thinking.

What's so different right now? Has my life become less busy? No. In fact, it's crazier than ever. So, where is the get-up-and-go coming from. . .my muse? Does she really run the show, decide when to show up and smack the crap out of me? You know, somehow, I don't think so. She's way to fickle for that.  Puncutality isn't her forte, and no matter how much she loves to lay the boots to me, well. . .let's just say, it's always on her terms. 

So, I asked myself. . .what the heck is going on?  


I'm showing up. Every day. With such mind-blowing regularity that my muse knows exactly where to find me. And when. The more consistent I am, the more reliable--and faithful--she becomes, because I'm feeding her (extra large cafe au laits, along with all kinds of chocolate goodies. All right, don't look surprised. You know I can't resist mentioning my obsession). Each session trains her to come when I call.  Not when she feels like it.

It's magic.

So, excuse me while I lace up and put my mouth guard in.  The bell is ringing.  Time for another round.


  1. This is the motivational post for those days I can't write worth a crap. I'll pin it under my seat, (with chocolate tacks) so when I'm down for the count, I can read it and force myself to get up for another round!

    Good for you, you got me excited too!

  2. Nice to see things are working out so well for you.

  3. Perfect analogy! You must really be getting inside the heads of your characters. Go, you!

  4. We've missed you. Glad your back

  5. Thanks, guys! Good to be back and see what all of you have been up to!

  6. Loved this! And your website, which is how I found your blog.

  7. Thanks Tiffnie. I just overhauled my website. . .glad to know it headed in the right directions! (:

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  9. Awesome! Yay for you. There is really something to be said about consistency in writing. If the muse knows when the work whistle is going to blow it makes it so much easier.

  10. Wow, I'm glad your muse is being so cooperative (even if she is doing it while kicking your butt. LOL)


  11. Welcome back! I'm glad to hear that you and your muse are working together. :-)

    Hope that you get lots more done!

  12. This is awesome!! Glad your muse is in top fighting form right now. Hope you two create something amazing! :)