Acknowledging Boris, My Muse

My sister-in-law Karen bought my book The Cavanaugh House today, and about 20
minutes after she left she called to tell me how much she liked my
acknowledgement of my muse, Boris. I have a small section called “About Muses” at
the end of the book after the Acknowledgements page. Karen had turned to that
first thing and was very moved by it. I wanted to share it here to increase the
chance that people read it.
I admit that I sometimes don’t read the Acknowledgements
page or anything included at the end of a book. I usually close the book (or my
Kindle) and hold it close while I savor the wonderful experience of a good
read. I want to hold on to the emotion and spirit of the story for a while, so
I stop at “The End.”
In case you do the same when you finish a book, here
is what I wrote about Muses. Let me know if you have experienced the same.
-About Muses-
Muses were a regular part of instruction
for my high school literature students. The opening lines of The Odyssey can be translated, “Sing to
me, O Muse…” But that context made a muse ancient, distant and unreachable to
me. After viewing Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED.com talk on Creativity, I
realized that muses were very present to us today. I was aware of inspiration
from outside of myself as I revised Love’s
Destiny
and wrote Love’s Spirit,
but it was during the writing of The
Cavanaugh House
that I was formally introduced to my muse, Boris.
Whatever your creative passion is, and
you do have one, sit in silence for a moment before you begin working and
acknowledge your muse. Allow him/her to flow through you and inspire your
creation whether it be writing, music, art, auto mechanics, engineering… whatever.
Just listen. And if you listen carefully, you might even learn your muses’s
name. I did.
I would love to hear about your muse and how you
work and live together.
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