- 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
- Romance – the Greeks covered comedy and tragedy, but how about other forms of drama?
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.
- Healing (including counselors, doctors, nurses, etc.)
- Public Speaking
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!