My blog-writing, fantasy novelist buddy Diana Peach from Myths of the Mirror has invited her visitors to write a short story about our muses.
I remember the last time we had a muse read-around. Man, what a blast!
I’ve finally passed 50k for NaNoWriMo–yippee! Of course, the story isn’t done yet. I’ll take a couple weeks to finish, or at least get mostly finished with it before I return to Book 2.
My Muse has been writing my posts during NaNo. Mostly. Thing is, when I hit 50k, he called Mr. E and the two of them took off on a pub crawl Down Under, because apparently bars around here are substandard.
A crisp breeze gusts through my writing office, sending shivers through me. The back door clicks shut. A scent of fried food, stale beer, and sweat permeates the air. My Muse toes off his deck shoes and hangs up a red windbreaker on the coat tree. He’s wearing a new pair of jeans, judging by the lack of worn seams, and a rugby jersey. Not as nice as his burgundy henley, but it does leave his forearms bare.
“That was a short crawl. Thought you and E would make a long weekend of it.”
He leans a hip on my desk, and crosses his arms on his broad chest. “He said he had to get back to Mae.”
“And you can’t find another muse to hang with? Diana has a whole convention over at her place.”
He grimaces. “The Merc and I have an understanding.”
“Yeah. He understands I don’t follow his orders or requests, or hell, directions to the nearest Seven-11, and I understand a lack of personal hygiene and the stench of battle are none of my business.”
“O-kay. I sense a bit of animosity there.”
He pulls up a chair and straddles it, bringing his face even with mine. Whoa. His eyes are bluer than I remember. Was that divot in his chin always so enticing? And dimples. I haven’t noticed his dimples for a month. Is it getting warm in here?
A finger-snap yanks my wandering imagination back. “Are you paying attention, love?”
Um, sure. “Would you mind repeating that last part?”
“I said, I tried to warn the Bossy Muse about that guy, but she insisted her writer needed a change of scenery.”
“Scenery?” I ask. “Seriously? I mean, I get the whole Conan the Barbarian thing for the fantasy genre, but even Schwartzenegger would be a better Conan than that brute. At least his nose wouldn’t be crooked.”
My Muse arches a brow. “Schwartzenegger? Why him?”
“I don’t know. He did the movie.”
He shakes his head. “Anyway. You’ve had a couple days off.”
“Hey, one day for enjoying crossing the finish line, and one day to deal with my migraine.”
“I’ll give you the migraine day, but you need to finish the story so you can get back to Book 2.”
I lean back in my chair. “I know. That’s the plan. I figure I’ll give myself until Christmas on this project, then hit Book 2 after Christmas, since we won’t be going anywhere for the holidays anyway. I’m sure there will be another COVID-19 surge by then.”
“Good. Get back to work, love.”
Thanks to Diana for the opportunity to join another round of muse posts!
Keep on writing!