For a change my usually recalcitrant muse is being generous with both his time and energy. I have been the focus of his undivided attention for days. I am tickled pink. There is no way I want to antagonize him now by leaving him alone even for a brief moment and NaNoWriMo would require a separation of sorts: meaning I would require his services, but for another WIP. The moody guy he is, I dare not risk it.
My muse and I have a strange relationship. He has a roving eye. Several times I have seen him checking out other writers, eyeing them with greed and lust, paying more attention to them than me. At those times I cling to him; so that I am the sole focus of his wandering eyes. I have even thought of tying him up and confining him to a chair.
My muse and I (I am sure it’s a he in my case) are a strange pair. When I badly need him, he is never around. And sometimes when I am extremely busy with other things he keeps intruding and demanding attention. If I am a bit tardy in giving in to those demands, he sulks and pouts for days. Several times he has packed his bags and left for an undisclosed destination for long stretches of time. My frantic calls and messages are completely ignored. Troubling and torturing me has become his second nature.
I often catch him spying on me, intruding on my time with family and friends. He knows he can get away with murder as I am defenceless and helpless where he is concerned. At the altar of our rocky relationship, I sacrificed my NaNoWriMo dreams. I am sure if I turn my back, he will do the disappearing act once again and there will be no knowing where he has gone where those two WIP’s are concerned. I can’t risk that, not while I am working on two books simultaneously.
What about you all? Is your muse a he or a she, kind or cruel, generous or greedy? What is your relationship with him or her? How do you handle him or her?
P.S. I would like to wish all my blogging buddies who are participating in NaNoWriMo, best of luck. I will be rooting for you all from the sidelines. Here is hoping that all of you reach that magic figure of 50,000 words in 30 days.