Muse-ical Mishmash

“No, Love, yeh can’ wrie-that!”


“That bid abou’ ‘ow sad yer life is. I mean, people ken only take so much abou’ yeh ea’in’ yer toffee in the closet.”

I sit back, stuck. But, I felt inspired to write because I felt depressed. Wasn’t that-

“No, Love. T’ain’t ‘inspired’ – leastaways, not by me.”

Huh. Well… I had another epiphany, back when

Definitely not.” Harumph. “We’ll not be bringing politics out again.


“No ‘buts’ about it, young lady. No self-respecting writer would name a rant as ‘inspiration,’ either.”

I face another dead end as my cursor blinks in an empty page. What else can I write? Maybe poetry?

“Shtop rright therrre!”

But I only just

“I-yuh know what you thought to do, and I’ll have none of it! Poetrrry must flow frrom an experrienced poet, one bending a keen earh to catch everry whisperh Naturre drrips like rrainwaterh!”

My cursor-blink fades to a black screensaver. What next? I consider artifical inspiration, then recall the disastrous consequences the last time I attempted that. I certainly did not need a Dionysus-like ghost to join the growing crowd in my mind; I’d crack for good. There was only one option left.


Excuse me? What? I feel a slight tingle, perhaps near my hippocampus.

“no. don’t. don’t give up. “

Who said that? I can barely hear you. I can’t even see you!

“i’m barely here, but i am here.”

Where? Who?

“way back here. i am your muse.”

Are you sure? You’re different than I expected. I mean, you don’t even have completely proper grammar- Wait! Don’t go!

“i’m sorry. so tired. but i am here; i am just not able to do much. yet.”

I feel panic. Well, what -what can I do, then? I obviously can’t write anything good without you! I can’t get anywhere near publishing!

“you’re fine and you know it. just keep trying. when you have more time, i’ll be ready. …readier.”

Wait! I -I didn’t even know you existed! And what do you mean about “more time?” How long? What should I do if I shouldn’t give up?

“few… years… more time… just… keep… writing…”

The tingle’s nearly gone. Wait! One more thing!


Who are all those others? Are they relatives of yours?

*sigh* “poseurs. don’t listen to them …unless it’s about politics. …or romance; you cannot write romance. au -au revoir.”

I’m alone -more alone. For a few minutes, I stare back at myself in the empty screen.

Oh, all right. I take a deep breath, tap a key to wake the computer, and start writing.

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Β©2020 Chel Owens

For Diana, who has a much more intimidating muse. Sorry I’m late.

63 thoughts on “Muse-ical Mishmash

  1. obbverse December 4, 2020 / 4:38 pm

    Prod those digits! Dance, fingers, dance! (The muse grows surly and lazy when not given free rein. Believe me.)

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    • Chel Owens December 4, 2020 / 4:39 pm

      I need to feed mine more, then maybe she’ll get surly.

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  2. D. Wallace Peach December 4, 2020 / 4:48 pm

    I love this, Chelsea. What a fun piece of writing. Dare I suggest that your muse is hanging around? You’re late, but do I care, NOT. I’ll reblog your post and another straggler on Tuesday. This is a great post to finish up the series. Thank you!

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    • Chel Owens December 4, 2020 / 5:11 pm

      Oh, good! I’ve literally been working on it all month, so I knew I had to finish!

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  3. petespringerauthor December 4, 2020 / 5:08 pm

    A tired muse is better than one that’s on life support.

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  4. johnlmalone December 4, 2020 / 6:19 pm

    well done, Chelsea; a real hoot and you had some serious things too: the muse as I’ve never known him/her πŸ™‚

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    • Chel Owens December 4, 2020 / 7:05 pm

      πŸ˜€ And now you know that they’re poseurs!

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  5. tnkerr December 4, 2020 / 6:33 pm

    Very a-muse-ing. I hear voices too sometimes,but I seldom get to choose which ones speak. Nice bit of writing.

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    • Chel Owens December 4, 2020 / 7:06 pm

      πŸ˜€ I can relate to that problem, too, mostly when I write characters.


  6. calmkate December 4, 2020 / 7:17 pm

    great write … but check it’s your muse or seek medication πŸ˜‰

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  7. Ian Kay December 5, 2020 / 2:42 am

    Are muses internal?

    It’s interesting how others write. For me, it’s like Dr. Frankenstein employing body-snatchers ranging far and wide to service him with bits and bobs – especially bob’s; poor old bob!

    Great work, Chel.

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    • Chel Owens December 5, 2020 / 8:34 am

      πŸ˜€ Poor Bob. You could read mine like I’m a Dr. Frankenstein too, now that you mention it.

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  8. masercot December 5, 2020 / 7:56 am

    Muses are elusive. They appear over your shoulder and whisper into your ear when you least expect it.

    But, if they start walking off with the contents of your liquor cabinet, they are more likely burglars or friends of the family.

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    • Chel Owens December 5, 2020 / 8:37 am

      πŸ˜€ Precisely! One can never be too careful!

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  9. Jacqui Murray December 5, 2020 / 8:41 am

    I think you need a friendlier muse. Why are they always superior???

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    • Chel Owens December 5, 2020 / 8:42 am

      πŸ˜€ They know so much more!


  10. Bruce - Weave a Web December 5, 2020 / 9:58 am

    All nine Muses used to reside in the vicinity of my hippocampus until I booted them out. Unfortunately the Fates moved into the vacuum.

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  11. ADATEWITHD December 5, 2020 / 2:04 pm

    A-musing and just f*ing hilarious. You be you

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    • Chel Owens December 5, 2020 / 4:02 pm

      πŸ˜€ Thanks! That’s all I can be! πŸ˜€


  12. Jules December 6, 2020 / 10:06 am

    Ah… exposing the muse. Just write. That’s the ticket though. Even if it is a conversation about not giving up!! You may not always like what you do write. But that doesn’t matter, because every word on the page is one more you don’t have to keep inside or try to memorize. πŸ˜€

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    • Chel Owens December 6, 2020 / 11:08 am

      ❀❀ That’s spot-on, Jules. I love it.

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  13. Ian Stuart December 7, 2020 / 5:34 am

    Brulliant! Ah’ve nivver had a Scots Mewse, masel – jiss this wee talkin Sc0ttich terrier. Gotta go and tek him out for a walk jiss now.

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    • Chel Owens December 7, 2020 / 7:00 pm

      πŸ˜€ Bu’ daws thu wee dug inspire ye?


    • Chel Owens December 7, 2020 / 7:01 pm

      *sigh* Thanks. πŸ˜€


  14. balroop2013 December 7, 2020 / 10:34 am

    Lol! Relatives? It’s good to have them around so that the tired muse could rest! This is one of the best muses I’ve met! Cheers to Diana’s inspiration.

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    • Chel Owens December 7, 2020 / 10:36 pm

      Thanks! When Diana first posted the prompt and as I read through quite a few, I kept thinking, ‘I don’t really have a muse lately. I feel so busy…’

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  15. robertawrites235681907 December 8, 2020 / 1:35 am

    A fun and interesting read, Chelsea. Did you really work on it all month? I never do that with posts – I just get an idea and spew it out, pressing publishing before I change my mind. Your way is better, but mine is faster. hehe.

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    • Chel Owens December 8, 2020 / 8:16 am

      πŸ˜€ Yes, Robbie, all month! I admit that some of that was brewing the ideas for a while. I’m a spewer on other occasions, for sure!

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  16. Liz Gauffreau December 8, 2020 / 8:53 pm

    I was very relieved to learn that the first muse-like creature was in reality a poseur. Just give her the brush-off, and start writing!

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  17. acflory December 9, 2020 / 3:43 pm

    A multitude of Muses! lol I really do like the one with the heavy, Scottish? brogue. πŸ™‚


    • Chel Owens December 9, 2020 / 11:40 pm

      I’m not certain if she’s Scottish or extremely pretentious, myself.

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      • acflory December 10, 2020 / 2:29 pm

        LMAO! She definitely sounds the part though. Go Muse!

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  18. Jon December 29, 2020 / 7:42 am

    Have you considered whether your muse might be a slave-driver with an incongruous streak of laissez-faire?

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    • Chel Owens December 29, 2020 / 10:26 am

      πŸ˜€ maybe. It would help if I didn’t see so much of the incongruous streak all the time…

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