Sunday, September 5, 2010

She finally showed her face!

I captured her! My elusive muse finally showed her face. Though she's usually the voice jolting me from a sound sleep, this time she allowed me a glimpse of her "physical" form.


I ignored it at first. This nagging image picking away at the back of my mind. But then I finally had to listen to her. She's never been one to settle for being ignored.

I grabbed a pencil and my granddaughter's crayons and said, "Fine. You want everyone to see the face behind the whispers? Put your image on this page and I'll post it on my blog."

And then we drew. And erased. And sketched some more until she stopped saying, "Don't make me look so old. Erase that line. You've given me a double chin!" She's such a bossy muse.

Have you ever envisioned your muse?

26 comments:

  1. Just beautiful, Maeve. I see you possess more that a literary flare. Keep this up and you'll be doing your own cover art.

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  2. Thanks, Jeannene! I used to sketch and paint quite a bit but I'm afraid I've let it fall to the wayside. Every now and then (when the Muse insists), I still give it a try to see if I can still do it. :-)

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  3. How cool, Maeve. I can't draw an identifiable stick man. Wish I had your talents. I've never thought of my muse as anything but a wench with a whip. I just wrote that my muse needs a large black coffee! Glad you shared.

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  4. Trust me, Margie, this image is her when she's in one of her "nicer" moods. ;-) The wicked beastie's been known to sprout horns on occasion!

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  5. You captured her literally! That's awesome! Shows too the creativity inside you isn't just with words!

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  6. Thanks Darah! She insisted. ;-)

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  7. Awesome, Maeve. Wish I had the ability to draw.

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  8. That is too cool, Maeve. I have never thought of my muse as a being before. I can't say that I have been introduced to her yet, but look forward to the event. I know what she likes and what she expects, but she is still allusive.

    You are indeed talented to draw like that!

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  9. As a new member of CHRWA I'm learning names and faces. But, few of us ever see our muse. Fewer of us, perhaps, have the ability to sketch and color our muse. Best wishes. Now, I'm off to have a heart-to-heart with my muse who seems to be on some deserted island somewhere.

    Winona
    http://winonacross.blogspot.com

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  10. Thanks Paisley & Winona! I'm lucky my muse lends a hand to drawing. And Winona, sometimes she plays hide and seek with me too! I know exactly how you feel. :-)

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  11. Maeve, you are multi-talented. Your muse is lovely. My muse is my youngest son, who I lost 5 years ago and who still inspires me every day.

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  12. Thank you for your kind words, Gale. I can't begin to imagine the pain you've endured from the loss of your youngest son. I never really liked the term "loss". I much prefer "separated" for a while. Because you didn't lose him. He lives and laughs in your heart. Take care my friend, and listen to your son's whispers as he guides your hands across the keyboard. All my best, Maeve.

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  13. Maeve, your muse is very pretty and you are a talented lady. I picture my muse as a nagging old witch whispering none too gently, "stick to your chair and type. I have a lot to say, and you are not typing fast enough."

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  14. LOL! I understand completely, Mona! Believe me, sometimes my muse shows her "darker" side. :-)

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  15. No physical manifestations for me. But, your Muse is very sweet and pretty. I like her. Even if she has a bit of a darker side.

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  16. Thanks, Mary. I like her too. I'd be lost without her. :-)

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  17. No physical manifestations for me either! But your muse is beautiful and looks full of good will.

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  18. Wow! Your muse is quite lovely. My muse is a nagging witch and will haunt me over and over and have me redo and redo until it's 'perfect' in her eyes. Once it has met her expectations, then of course her voice becomes soft and she whispers, "There... it wasn't that hard now was it?" Sometimes I want to kill her, but she's usually right so I think I'll keep her ;)

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  19. Sounds like the process witnesses undergo to generate a mug shot for the police :-) She does look a tad bossy, but that's the sort that gets results, right? Don't let her catch you on Facebook, Maeve!

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  20. MAEVE--and a lovely thing she is. No, I've never imagined my muse. I never kknew she existed until recently, when I realized something or someone had poured all these stories into me, and it was my job to get them on paper. Now, I realize, why she's been hot on my heels all this time! I can't even imagine what she looks like! And I'm envious you can draw. Celia

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  21. Wow, Maeve! You're multi-talented! Great drawing of the illusive lady, BTW. My little pediatric patients used to draw better pictures than me. Mine were pretty rotten stick figures. I tried drawing pictures of cat faces on their bandaids and none of them knew what they were! Some of 'em laughed at my job. Pretty pathetic...

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  22. What a great idea! I am in a writing crunch for September, but dying to reach October when I've set aside time to paint a couple character illustrations to market my next book. I'll definitely add creating a visual of my muse to my projects!

    Marsha (http://www.marshaamoore.com)

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  23. Great post, Maeve. I have pictured my muse as a fairy-like creature.

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