The Heartbreak and Joy of Muses

cropped-banner-1.jpgEveryone has a muse.
Perhaps we don’t know it, or haven’t quite gotten in touch with ours yet, but we each have one. Some people have many.
I’m not necessarily talking of the traditional nine muses of Greek Mythology, though that is certainly the idea. Those muses, listed below, are still alive and well in many people:
  • Calliope – epic poetry
  • Clio – history
  • Euterpe – flutes and lyric poetry
  • Thalia – comedy and pastoral poetry
  • Melpomene – tragedy
  • Terpsichore – dance
  • Erato – love poetry
  • Polyhymnia – sacred poetry
  • Urania – astronomy
There seems to be a rather strong emphasis on poetry in Ancient Greek ideals, does there not? Poetry is lovely, but today there are so many more forms of entertainment and communication, that we should add some. Let’s find some names of muses for modern forms, such as:
  • Film
  • Television
  • Song
  • Romance – the Greeks covered comedy and tragedy, but how about other forms of drama?
  • Sculpture
  • Painting
  • Writing

Astronomy? OK, sure, why not. It’s an art and a passion. But lets add some other passions as well. Some things that may not be considered ‘arts’ by a pedant, but certainly demand a calling.

  • Gardening
  • Cooking
  • Healing (including counselors, doctors, nurses, etc.)
  • Public Speaking
  • Sports


What are some other things that a-muse you? What are you passionate about?


I have several muses myself, and they often fight for my precious time. I have a writing muse, a photography muse, a jewelry muse, and a digital painting muse. Some of them slumber for long periods of time, even years, and then burst forth like Athena bursting from Zeus’ forehead.


Sometimes mine wakes me in the middle of the night, desperate to get her two cents into either a current project or a new one. The writing one is most annoying, coming up with ideas about projects that are already finished, but I suppose I cannot blame her. The novel-writing process takes years, so she wouldn’t necessarily realize the last edits are done and sent to the publisher.


Sometimes I start to doze off at night, and a new idea pops into my mind. Usually for a digital painting. I have to work out the details before I can fall asleep, including color scheme, blocking, composition, theme, meanings, etc. Then I sleep. For a long time, I wrote down everything I remembered from my dreams upon waking, and this helped train me to remember my dreams. If my muse visited me in the night, I remember it, and all the details we worked out together.


Other times, she visits me while I’m driving. This is when verbal notes on Siri is most useful. I use it to email myself notes so I can add them to my manuscript when I’m not operating a potentially deadly vehicle at dangerous speeds.


How do your muses talk to you? Have you found your muse? Do you have to do something to trigger her attention? My husband is a chef, and walking through the grocery store is often his trigger. What’s yours?





I write historical fantasy novels, mostly set in Ireland, and a contemporary romance based on my parents’ 30-year search for true love. Don’t miss information on Celtic myth and history, as well as practical travel planning tips, and hidden places, in my travel books.

– Better To Have Loved – Contemporary romance based on the true story of my parents’ 30-year search for love

– Legacy of Hunger – Historical fantasy set in 1846 Ireland

– Legacy of Truth – Historical fantasy set around 1800 Ireland. Prequel to Legacy of Hunger, due out June 15, 2016!

– Stunning, Strange and Secret: A Guide to Hidden Scotland

– Mythical, Magical, Mystical: A Guide to Hidden Ireland

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Celtic Fairies, Fables, and Folklore! Bestselling author (top #100 Amazon Canada, #1 in Paranormal Fantasy, Amazon Canada) Christy Nicholas, also known as Green Dragon, is an author, artist and accountant. After she failed to become an airline pilot, she quit her ceaseless pursuit of careers that begin with 'A', and decided to concentrate on her writing. Since she has Project Completion Disorder, she is one of the few authors with NO unfinished novels. Christy has her hands in many crafts, including digital art, beaded jewelry, writing, and photography. In real life, she's a CPA, but having grown up with art all around her (her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother are/were all artists), it sort of infected her, as it were. She wants to expose the incredible beauty in this world, hidden beneath the everyday grime of familiarity and habit, and share it with others. She uses characters out of time and places infused with magic and myth. Combine this love of beauty with a bit of financial sense and you get an art business. She does local art and craft shows, as well as sending her art to various science fiction conventions throughout the country and abroad. Facebook: Homepage: Blog: Twitter:

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