Have you ever wondered where an author got the idea for a story? I do, but then I'm curious. Thought I'd share some insight into my interaction with my muse. My muse isn't a hunk like Sommer's, but she'll do. Picture her as a cross between Tinkerbell and a fruit fly (she's as annoying as one).
Muse: That's interesting.
Muse: Huck's Calendar Girl thread.
Muse: Is that all you've got to say?
Cassie: Oh, I'm going to write something.
Muse: I'll believe it when I see it.
A few days later.....
Muse: Well, well, it took Mat to get the ball rolling, but at least you've written something.
Cassie: Bite me!
Muse: Sure. Hey, that's not right.
Muse: Well, January and March? What about February?
Cassie: Don't look at me. It's 3:30 in the morning and I need a shower and coffee. *takes off for bathroom* Don't follow me.
Cassie: I don't have any proof but I know you flushed the potty while I was in the shower.
Muse: *smiles* Well, while you're in there think about a February story. Take a leap of faith.
Since I'm sure no one wants to hear details about the shower, the lather, suds, slippery fingers, hardened nipples, I'll skip that part.
Muse: Where are you going? You're dripping wet!
Cassie: I've got an idea for a story.
Muse: *rubs hands together*
Cassie: There all done. It's called Leap of Faith. What do you think?
Muse: *arches an eyebrow, then the second eyebrow* You got an idea?
Cassie: I'll send it off to Mr. M. and post it when I hear back.
Hours later, at the Tank.....
Cassie: Now what?
Muse: Did you actually read Huck's guidelines?
Cassie: *frowns & reads* Oh. Apparently not.
Monday morning at 3:30 a.m. looking at Caldendar Girl thread in Tank.....
Muse: I've been thinking.
Muse: Hear me out.
Cassie: I'm sleepy, I need a shower. Coffee.
Muse: All I'm saying is write a story closer to the guidelines. How about June?
Cassie: No. It's deadline day. I need to remain focused.
Muse: *waves hand* She's wearing nothing but a wedding veil and a smile.
Cassie: I hate you.
Muse: No, you don't. Now go shower. Think.
Again, no shower details included. Use your dirty mind.
Cassie: Out of my way. I've got an idea.
Cassie: *stops dead* Laugh like that again and I'm getting the fly swatter.
Muse: *holds hands up* Fix your coffee first and write, Cassie, write.
Cassie: *smiles* I'm pleased.
Tuesday looking at Calendar Girl thread in the Tank....
Cassie: That's enough. I'm not high-jacking the thread.
Muse: No. Juggleboy and Mat have posted stories.
Cassie: *frowns* Then what?
Muse: Why not write something different? A replacement story for February. I've got an idea where to sell Faith.
Muse: It's a triology idea.
Cassie: *smacks her head* Later, tell me later. What's this about a replacement story?
Muse: I'm thinking snow bunnies in a ski chalet. Two hot babes who enjoy each other.
Cassie: But I've never.
Muse: First time for everything.
Cassie: Hmmmm. Snow bunnies. *smiles* Let me sleep on this.
As you know, Snow Bunnies in February was written and posted. Hope you enjoyed reading this interation between me and my muse-- it was such fun to write.
Muse: It was my idea.
Cassie: Shhhhh. It's my byline. Just smile for the folks.