Thursday, December 30, 2010

Finding My Muse, Once Again

My writing brain finally kicked back into gear yesterday. It's been stuck for so long. I'm consciously aware of some of the reasons.....the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations, losing Tiger Girl, trying to force a couple of stories for contests and calls for submissions, promoting three anthologies, etc. And then there are those often times lurking thoughts of Who am I kidding? I don't have enough talent to be doing this! etc.

But while cleaning up the kitchen and listening to the radio, the old gears unclenched and I felt my muse returning. It began when I heard Darius Rucker singing. I love that man's voice. He first became hugely successful with the group Hootie and The Blowfish back in the early 1990s. I don't know the story, but somehow he wound up being a country music star now. I say Congratulations! I greatly admire people who reinvent themselves. That's a big part of what I believe about my life.

Encarta Dictionary says this about reinvent: to invent something again, or bring something back into existence, use, or popularity after a period of neglect or obscurity. to change radically the appearance, form, or presentation of something or somebody.

I didn't discover my passion for writing until I was...uh....kind of old! Sometimes I wish I would've discovered it when I was a lot younger.....but things wouldn't have been the same. I wouldn't have the wisdom I have now....what I know about life.....what my life is and has been about. And it took the near death of my estranged father (in May 2001) to trigger those deep, hidden emotions, which flew from my fingertips to my keyboard...and voile'.....a writer was born.

So, I'm getting back to being organized about my writing deadlines and what I want to write about. I've found my muse...again. And I'm reinventing myself, somewhat....again.

And a HUGE Thank-You to Julia Christie for leaving a sweet comment on Tuesday's post which included these words: "...looking forward to a wonderful new year and hearing that your book is finally available!"

How can I not be excited and eager to finish my book, when I read something like that?!

Look Out World -- Here I Come!

"I believe that dreams—daydreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain machinery whizzing—are likely to lead to the betterment of the world."-- L. Frank Baum


  1. Glad you hear the creative juices are flowing again. It's been a hard month (Dec) but I'm hoping for some forward movement in my life also. Hugs, Linda

  2. I love Darius Rucker's booming bass voice, too.

    And lots of us are waiting for your book to come out. When you are finished writing it--not finished with the "polishing" but the writing itself--I will knit you a one-of-a-kind scarf...Your choice of colors.

    So, keep writing. My knitting needles are waiting to spring into action.

  3. I think we all get distracted from our goals from time to time, especially during the holidays. I'm glad to hear you are back on track! :-)

  4. How exciting that the creative juices are stirring anew Becky! Thanks for the shout out - I keep thinking I need to get back to my novel and something always seems to get in the way, (five kids at home maybe?!) so I am always inspired by you and all you share with us!


  5. I feel the same way, Becky, about writing fiction later in life. I couldn't tell the same stories when I was young and twenty. But now we're busting out!

    May 2011 be your year-and may everything you do be scathingly brilliant!

  6. Becky, you're not alone. I can relate to much of what you say. I wasn't young either when I discovered my passion for writing, but I've precrastinated so much that now I am getting old. But, I have my dreams and I hope to realize them soon.

    I'm glad you're writing again. Don't allow that inner critic to discourage you.

  7. Glad you're back on track! You'll be done with your book sooner than you think!

  8. This will definitely be the year you get the job done!

    Go, Becky!


  9. Becky,
    You can do it and you will! Best wishes for 2011.

  10. Glad to hear you are back on track. It is hard to get anything done in Dec. except enjoy the holidays.
    I love Darius Rucker too.
    Best Wishes for meeting your goal this year!

  11. Hi Becky, Just stopping by to wish you a wonderful and blessed New Year. I too look forward to buying your book! *hugs*


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