Monday, January 24, 2011

Something to believe in

I'm bracing myself for the flack I'll take over this, but I confess, I was once a hard core Poison groupie. In fact, Rikki Rockett, the band's drummer has been my muse before. *ducks*

I'm far more embarrassed to admit that than I am to cast Poison's lead singer, Bret Michaels, as this week's muse avatar.

Few of those old 80s rockers can claim such an inspirational climb back into the spotlight.

I admit, I didn't love the cheesy TV show Rock of Love. Something about watching Bret tramp his way through two (or three?) seasons of scantily clad women reminded me of why it was Rikki and not Bret that plastered my teenage bedroom walls. Ew!

But since then Bret has found the spotlight again, performing an acoustic version of Every Rose Has Its Thorn (one of my fave songs) on America's Got Talent, and then won Celebrity Apprentice. Talk about working the reality circuit.

Although impressive, it is his battle with health that has inspired me. Bret almost died when he fell victim to a stroke and a brain hemorrhage. While on the mend - and back to touring - Bret is also making some changes to his life. No longer a playa (whew), he has proposed to his long-time girlfriend (and mother of his two daughters) and is focussing on family, career, and his health.

Sounds pretty much like my 2011 goals.

I'm doing okay on health (down 10 pounds!) and I spent a good portion of the weekend with handsome hubby and my gorgeous stepdaughter. But writing? The most I've done lately is blog.

This morning I woke up feeling pretty good...and somewhat inspired to write. Now I just need Bret to give me that extra push. All. Week. Long.

Oh, and for those who don't find Bret attractive, surely you can appreciate what good shape he's in... Check out the cover of Billboard magazine:

Nothing wrong with them abs. Go muse avatar! Go!

The Book In My Bag Today: Motor Mouth, Janet Evanovich


  1. You're doing great. Sometimes we writers take breaks. Sometimes life gets in the way. Sometimes, it's just not happening.

    That's okay. All the other great things in your life will lead you to write - when you're ready.

    Until then, "Don't mean nothin', but a good time." Um, how can I resist? ;)

  2. LOL!! I've never considered Bret my type, but yeah, dude's in shape :D

    Like you, writing has been kind of not happening lately. But I do see the value in stepping aside from it for a while. Gets you motivated to jump back in later.

    Best of luck with your goals!!

  3. *groan* - Good one, SUZANNE. And a great true. <3

    AMPARO - thanks for that. And good luck with getting back at it...when you're ready.

  4. Oh, I can get behind a long-haired somewhat reformed bad boy (and his eyes are amazing). His age is showing a little, but then, so is mine...

    Congrats on your 10 pounds down! Great work!

  5. He might have had a little help from Photoshop, but still nice abs.

  6. I was never a fan of Poison or of Brett. But I've survived exactly what he survived, so now I feel we're kindred spirits. Having a brain hemorrhage DOES make you realize what's important in life, and I'm glad to hear he's settling down with the mother of his two kids.

    Good luck with your own goals. I found your blog through Booknapped.