Today, for my GH sisters’ Writer Wednesdays blog party, we’ve been asked to share what we found on our desk. I have to admit it’s not pretty, and I wasn’t sure what I’d find. It’s kind of a mess and not worthy of a photograph. But it does have a nice view of my early spring garden. (The photo below is NOT my garden. I just wish it was.)
A Tuscan Villa decorated with the Nine Muses and famous Greek Heroes.
According to the Greek poet Hesiod, Greek Mythology attributes Nine Muses for offering inspiration to humans in the arts, sciences, and literature. Much has been written about these goddesses, including cameos in Homer’s Odyssey, Dante’s Inferno, Virgil’s Aeneid, and even more recently in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novel.
Writers throughout history have started their writing days by invoking the muses and asking for their help. Many romance writers offer bribes hoping their muse will show up for the day. They dangle promises of sparkly shoes, coffee, or fine jewelry. There are entire discussion loops on writers’ forums for how to entice your muse.
I’ve never worried about my muse, mostly because I’m skeptical about the whole process. But when I was asked by my Wednesday Writer Golden Heart sisters to share what was on my desk, I realized I actually do have a muse.
In fact, I have three.
Muse 1: Karen, The Muse of Passion
Last year my beloved friend and CP Karen died of brain cancer after a long, protracted battle. Karen was the most passionate woman I have ever met, and one of the most tenacious writers. She never let a rejection stop her. She was known as the Query Queen and every day sent me another text with her ever-increasing word count and how many editors or agents she’d contacted. She was relentless in her quest to be published and found success as a middle-grade mystery author. I miss her and barely survived a long, hard grieving process. But a few weeks ago, another dear friend Diana Belchase gave me this picture frame with two-sided glass holding two beautiful photos of Karen. Now Karen sits on my desk, watching me, reminding me of my passion for words.
Muse 2: Edith, The Muse of Truth
No, Edith is not a bondage stuffed animal. Once upon a time, Edith was pink lamb that showed up in my daughter’s Easter basket. Now, she is a symbol of my Internal Editor. She sits, tied up with duct tape, on my desk to remind me that my Internal Editor only has power if I allow it. That’s a hard truth for authors to believe. So Edith’s spot on my desk is a physical reminder that the only thing the Internal Editor offers is lies and pain, none of which is true.
Muse 3: The Angel, The Muse of Beauty
This past Christmas, another dear friend and CP Mary Lenaburg and I went to Merrifield Garden center in Virginia for a Christmas Ladies Night Out. The entire center was decorated with lights and ornaments and plants. So many things, it was hard to take it all in. But Mary and I searched bins and baskets for treasures to decorate our houses for the season. And one of the treasures I found was this angel. Something about her expression and her eyes called to me. She seemed the epitome of love and beauty and serenity. So I bought her and she now sits on my desk to remind me that even in first drafts, beauty is present.
Now to celebrate our search for things on our desks, we are celebrating our GH sister KD Fleming’s newest Harlequin Presents release, Her Hometown Reporter.
TOBY HENDRICKS HAS THE INSIDE SCOOP ON GINA LAWSON
The reporter is looking for a story that’ll be his ticket out of his small Georgia town. With her political connections, legal assistant Gina Lawson could help Toby realize his aspirations. Their friendship is just an added bonus, but falling in love isn’t part of his five-year plan.
Gina’s devoted to her family and community, and doesn’t plan to ever leave. Though she finds her favorite reporter maddeningly irresistible, she must guard her heart. But when a betrayal of trust threatens to shatter both their dreams, will Gina and Toby learn that they share the same values after all?
Available at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Harlequin
Thank your for spending the day with us. Below is a link of my Golden Heart sisters who are participating in today’s blog party in honor of KD Fleming’s release. Hope to see you next month!
Historical Romance Authors: Kathleen Bittner-Roth; Wendy LaCapra
Inspirational Romance Authors: Karen Fleming, Kristen Ethridge
Novels with Romantic Elements Authors: Natalie Meg Evans
Romantic Suspense Authors: Carol Post, Jean Willett
Paranormal Romance Authors: Kay Hudson
Contemporary Romance Authors: Tammy Baumann, Jamie Wesley, Kat Cantrell, Priscilla Kissinger, Lauren Christopher
All photos courtesy of Sharon Wray.