Tuesday, November 15, 2011

An open letter to my muse

Dear Damon Ian,

Last week, I had seven days to myself.


Our first true winter storm of the year knocked out the Internet, resulting in a distraction-free zone. No Facebook. Twitter. Heck, I even missed the excitement of my dear friend Jessica's blogging chart rush for her stunning debut novel String Bridge. (And wow, was it exciting!)

It should have been prime writing time, no?

It's not like I don't have projects on the go. I'm 15,000 words into my NaNoWriMo novel (don't cheer yet, that's still 35,000 words remaining and the clock doesn't stop just because my pen does.) There's Jagger's story to finish - I'm on the home stretch. I'm working on a new script and a play - something completely different for me. Not to mention that thriller-esque trilogy that's been rolling around in my brain for the past month.

And then. Wham! BLOOD OF THE FALLEN edits "appear" from seemingly nowhere.

Of course that's where my focus should be.

But I'm not content to work on just ONE project. I never have been. I know, it gets me in trouble.

Which is why I need you this week, Damon Ian.

Oh, I know you've been my muse avatar before. At least a dozen times. But last week I had this guy and as pretty as he looks, he didn't do much in the way of inspiration. Despite my distraction-free zone, I out-putted few words, and spent more time painting my craft/spare room (it's a very pretty room) instead of doing what should get done.

That can't be the case this week. It simply can't. Already I'm behind - my Monday Muse Avatar post is going up a day late (storm+country living=spotty Net) and I have a crap load of day job work to catch up on. I haven't completely given up on NaNo, and well, let's just say the "new shiny" has a bit of a hold on me.

So I need you to do your thing.

I know Vampire Diaries is on mid season break, so technically, you should have plenty of time.

I beg of you (and I'm not one to beg), go forth and...INSPIRE.

- Dawn

The Book In My Bag Today: The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern


  1. Funny how we always blame all the connections and Internet as "distractions," but it's not like the work just magically shows up when all of that is shut off. :-)

    I will say, re: "But I'm not content to work on just ONE project. I never have been," might not necessarily be your problem. I think that focus is powerful, and often necessary, but with creative work it helps to have multiple projects going so you can keep moving when you get stuck, or switch gears if something needs to simmer a bit more.

    Anyhow, I hope the muse showed up.

  2. Busy Signals - Thanks for stopping by the blog and providing such great thought! My muse did show up, but reminded me as you did that multiple projects IS okay.

    Jessica - :-P

    I couldn't agree more, Theresa :-)

  3. LOL! He is quite inspiring, and can you believe my cable box DIED before I got a chance to see the mid-season finale? So ticked. They came and replaced it, and now it's gone. grrr....

    Here's hoping for reruns! <3

  4. Go, Dawn GO! You'll get by with a little help from your vampire! ;)