Saturday, March 17, 2007

Muses, Faeries and Husbands

A few days ago, one of the other Goddesses mentioned her muse and it got me thinking about mine. Her name is Myfanwy and she's delightful, if somewhat temperamental. I picture her as a small red-haired faery with tattered green wings. She also has a couple of nicknames - The Shower Faery and The Receptionist Faery. This is a watercolor I did of her.

She has a bad habit of appearing at inopportune times - namely the shower and right as I'm drifting off to sleep. Myfanwy hates to be kept waiting, so I can't tell you how many times I've had to call my husband into the bathroom to take notes for me. Luckily, I'm married to a great guy who honestly doesn't mind helping out in that capacity.

At night, she's particularly persnickety. As I'm drifting off to sleep, she'll whisper the next plot point in my ear or point out the flaws with a character's goals, motivations and conflicts. Then, she'll try to convince me to drift off, assuring me that she'll take a message and remind me in the morning. I don't know if she's just forgetful or if she actually likes messing with me, but she never takes a message and in the morning, I never remember what bit of brilliance she gifted me with the night before. Now I know to keep a notebook and pen under my pillow for those flashes of brilliance.

Several nights ago, inspiration struck right as I was dozing off. I sat straight up in bed with a gasp and startled my poor husband awake. The resulting conversation went like this:

DH: What's the matter? Are you okay?
Me: I'm fine. I just figured out what was wrong with my heroine's motivation in my story.
DH: Oh. (long pause) Is it the story where the hero actually gets to sleep through the night?
Needless to say, I giggled for the rest of the night.

Well, I hope you're all having a lovely St. Patrick's Day. I'm enjoying some Celtic music and the company of my family. Today is my mom's birthday and tomorrow my baby boy turns 10 - I'm so not ready for that!

So... a couple questions for everyone. . . What did you do for St. Patrick's Day? and Do you have a muse? If so, what is he or she like?
~~Bronwyn Green~~


Delia Carnell said...

Looks like my comment didn't show up, so I'll try again.

I love your muse, Bronwyn. She's great! Maybe she'll give your husband a break and let him sleep some time.

I had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day. Check out my blog to read about the fun at the pub!


Lacey Thorn said...

What a great hubby you have Bronwyn and my son turns ten in July! You do fantastic art work and I would love to have you create something for my chat site. Think lace and thorns! LOL

Lacey Thorn

Bronwyn Green said...


What a darling little pub - looks like the perfect place to spend St. Patrick's Day.

The Irish Car Bomb would have knocked me on my bum for the rest of the night! BTW, I'm still laughing over Barbie and the Mai Tai - that scene belongs in a book!

Bronwyn Green said...

Thank you, Lacey - I think my hubby is pretty fantastic, too. I'm really lucky.

I'd be happy to try to paint something for your chat site. Sometimes I pull out the paints when the words don't come - next time I get blocked I'll see what I can come up with. :)