Lucy sleeps on laptopEsteemed author Jane Yolen is well-known for sharing one secret in particular with regard to her productivity, and that’s – BIC – putting your Butt In Chair. Choose the time, the place, and show up. It’s where you need to be so that the muse can find you. I don’t know about you, but when someone has authored over 300 books and been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century, I sit up and listen. My writing companion, not so much. But what does Lucy know? She sleeps on tabletops.

As writer’s, poets, artists of any kind, we also know that the muse can often be a fickle little fly-by-night. It’s as if we’re taking dictation from some creative omnipotent being in our brains one minute, and in the next, the steady flow ebbs to a drip, drip, drip, until the last drop gets sucked back up into the faucet and returns to the reservoir from whence it came. This is when I ROTC (roll off the chair), rustle up the hounds, and set out to hunt that little minx down.

Disguised as inspiration,
I frequently find her peeking from behind a lily’s prominent pistil,

FullSizeRender Snuggled on a blanket of fog hovering over the city-scape,


Nestled between a wandering buck’s antlers,


Winking from the heavens by the full moon’s light

moon w:planet

Or resting in the man in the day moon’s eye.

day-moon 2

 Oftentimes, LucyJazzie, and I find her waving from the car in front of us

be hoppy license plateor dangling from taught cables in the late afternoon, spying on tourists.

3 views GGBridge

She might ride the first rays of a rising sun


or splash a gargoyle’s feathered headpiece with her whimsy.


Lately, she’s been known to rise up from the ashes


and spark ideas like turning this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge into a writing exercise, as well. When you’re a muse, you do amusing things like that.

Now I suggest you check out the stunning photos taken on real cameras, not my phone photos, such as Lake Bled at Sunrise or Nancy Mehuys dazzling dragonfly. In keeping with the words of the challenge today, what’s your muse — what subject do you turn to frequently, more inspired each time?

About Donna Gwinnell Lambo-Weidner

I am an adventure seeking ponderer of the mysteries of the universe, writer of children's books (represented by Stephen Fraser of the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency), and lover of anything involving armor, archery, or swashbuckling.
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14 Responses to GOOD MUSE HUNTING

  1. A.PROMPTreply says:

    Oh, what a great post, Donna! Not too far above my intellectual level and tons of great scenery! Yes, I think I’ll just stay here with my BIC and gander for a while……maybe Muse will come find me. 🙂


  2. avwalters says:

    A walk in the woods will do it, or, more likely, time in the garden. I loved your pics–as a former Bay Area resident, it was a glimpse of the past.


  3. vic says:

    great images – both in word and photo form!


  4. quarksire says:

    right on 🙂 ….. 😎


  5. Dear Donna, Love your post–so funny and well-written. I make it hard on my muse a lot of the time, but hoping she finds me right now 🙂


  6. dogear6 says:

    I love that BIC! Show up and work!!!


    Liked by 1 person

  7. Carmel says:

    Beautiful!! Wonderful pictures!
    Hope you are well my friend. Will be thinking of you on the 18th. ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

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