Lately,I've been noticing a recurring theme in my reading material. Muses. I want one.
According to Greek mythology, muses were the goddesses or spirits who inspired the creation of literature and the arts. Initially there were three of them, but by 400 b.c. the number grew to nine. I think that's a little excessive. I'm pretty sure I only need one.
The world of fashion is always talking about muses. According to an article in the Image section of today's LA Times, Marchessa Luisa Casati inspired the creativity of many artists and designers--from the early 1900's to the 21st century. She wasn't a traditional beauty, but rather a risk-taker who aspired to become a "living work of art." She was passionate and inspirational.
A book I just finished reading, Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor, was full of muses. Athena, Joan of Arc and various incarnations of the Virgin Mary and the Black Madonna capture the creative souls of the authors and inspire their quests to redefine themselves and their writing. The sharing of intimate spiritual journeys doesn't always appeal to me, but this book was different. Probably because a great deal of it focused on both the mother's and daughter's struggle to accept themselves in their evolving roles as women and as writers. It was also appealing since much of the book unfolds over the course of their travels in France and Greece.
But, back to me and my muse. I don't think someone else's muse would necessarily be a good fit. It seems that Muses should be tailored to the individual. I also wondering if I'm in need of a traditional muse or if simply channeling the mind of an eleven-year-old boy (for my current project only) will do the trick. It's a tough call.
Are there muse-listings on Craig's List? Here's the job description. Wanted: One Muse (toga optional.) Requirements: Must be creative, nurturing, inspirational, extremely patient and reassuring. Should be willing to tolerate employer's tendency toward procrastination and bouts of self-doubt. Sense of humor essential. Must be available 24/7 (individuals requiring 8 hours of sleep need not apply.) Muse will be subject to regular performance evaluations.
I think that ought to do it. Now, I'll just sit back and wait...for the muse to strike.