I’m not in control of my muse . My muse does all the work . — Ray Bradbury
I’ve been paying way too much attention to politics lately . All the nonsense sort of saps my energy to think about other things . Sometimes it’s overwhelming . I’d like to enjoy life a little more and I could do that if I didn’t have to worry about all that Washington stuff . I’m pretty sure that those political manipulators and their flunkies can do their thing without me , so it’s basically a waste of my time to follow the day -by-day political shenanigans anyhow . And , on top of that , I’ve developed a nasty case of writer’s block , I think .
You can’t think yourself out of a writing block ; you have to write yourself out of a thinking block. — John Rogers
It suddenly occurred to me yesterday that I should have a muse . A muse might put a deluge of wonderful ideas into my brain so that my pen might write brilliantly and with a joyful ease . Well , I don’t write with a pen very often , if you want to be strictly correct . In fact , when I do write with a pen ( or pencil ) I find it more and more difficult to decipher my own script . And that’s me the writer of the stuff speaking . Imagine outsiders trying to break the code of that scribbling !
But , that’s neither here nor there . Let’s move along.
I will say , in my own defense , though , that those Catholic school nuns , although they tried , didn’t learn me that cursive skill all that very good . I’m not blaming them , though . They tried their best . It was their mission in life , after all , among other things , to get us kids to be able to write smoothly curling , flowingly beautiful cursive letters . I remember those teal-colored cards on the classroom walls with the dotted lines and the solid lines and the capital letter and the small letter —- and didn’t they have a half-drawn letter to prompt us not-so- eager young scholars to form our letters correctly ?
I tap tap tap tap on a keyboard of course nowadays instead of scratching well-crafted cursive letters . If some of those nuns are still around I’m pretty sure that they are doing the same thing on their keyboards somewhere . Times change .
Inkwells are mostly gone , too , I hear .
They were Irish nuns who tried to teach me cursive . That’s what worries me a bit as I consider somehow acquiring a muse . It’s the Irish thing . With my luck , the muse that shows up , even if I could figure out the acquisition process , stands a fifty-fifty chance of being woven tightly somehow into the fabric of an Irish essence . That could be good , yes it could ; but that on the other hand could also be not so good.
I don’t know what I would do if my muse showed up as a banshee , for example . That could be a tricky situation . The screaming would be distracting . Sometimes it may not be so great to get what you ask for . I’m thinking now that I’m thinking about this whole thing that maybe it’s better just to rely on me myself alone and forget the muse idea altogether .
Unless, alternatively , there’s a patron saint of writing . The nuns told us about patron saints. Probably there is a patron saint of writing. I could drop some hints to my guardian angel to get in touch with that saint with the hope that s/he could help my writing out a bit . Yeah ? Now that I’m thinking about this , there might even be a patron saint of computers too . There’s got to be . I might check that out . Every little bit helps.
Of course the fallback patron saint is Saint Anthony , the patron saint of lost things . I’d contact him , perhaps , about this muse idea of mine , stretch the truth a little bit and tell him that I lost my muse ; but I think that he’s much too busy to help me out because of all that’s being lost in the world even if I were to persuade him that my cause is one worth pursuing. .
Still , I wonder what my muse options might be . One takes one’s chances I suspect .
I wonder if there’s an interview process for muses . Maybe I could arrange a trial period , you know , just in case it’s not a good match right from the start.
Oh , hell , who needs a muse when I’ve got Ada . She may not be my muse , exactly , but she is amusing for sure .