My Muse on Perspective

My muse has been very quiet lately. No waking me up at 4 AM with another brilliant idea. No poetry interruptions at work or demands that I skip eating to start yet another book. Instead, she’s been watching my daughter.

“Is she feeling better?” she asks.

“Yes. She can go back to school now.”

“Did the doctor uncover the cause?”

“No, not really. Just a progression in her condition.”

My muse nods. “It is very difficult to sit and be unable to help.”

“Tell me about it.”

Reaching out to me, she pulls me closer, careful not to turn me to stone but still offering comfort, something my muse rarely does. “You’re a good mother. Remember that. You were born with a gift for knowing what to do and how to do it. I see it in your work with others, and in your own writing. And I see it now as you care for your daughter. You must not forget that.”

“Thank you,” I whisper.

My daughter has been very ill since March, but is thankfully improved and back in school. She has a mitochondrial disorder which can be scary and the future is unknown. Two months ago she had a serious set-back and had to be hospitalized. That stopped the presses around here; I just can’t get excited about writing when my child is sick.

“It reminds you of what matters most in life,” my muse says. “I’ve seen great artists come and go over the centuries, but nothing is more beautiful than the love between a parent and child. And nothing is more sacred.”

Then she smiles. “Now that your daughter is well again, shouldn’t you be getting back to work on your new play, and start that new book? And weren’t you going to create ebook versions?”

I laugh. Yes mistress muse.

May 19 is a big day for me, and Medusa’s Muse.

Two big events in my life are happening on the same weekend, and I’m both excited and a tad stressed out.

First, the 10th Annual Festival of New Plays at Mendocino College opens on May 18th, with a second performance on the 19th. The festival showcases nine Ten Minute plays and my comedy, The Wedding Party, was chosen to be one. The director who chose my play is young, which I think helps her “get” the characters so well. She’s really good, and the cast is excellent! I’m really excited to see it performed (while also dreading sitting in the audience watching their reactions, which could be good or bad).

Here’s a link to Ukiah Daily Journal about the festival, with a description of all the plays. You can also see my description of The Wedding Party by clicking Writing on this blog.

The other exciting thing happening that weekend is also at Mendocino College: LitFest. Click the link to see all the excellent teachers, authors, and classes at this FREE event. I’ll be teaching my class,¬†Framing the Dream, at 2:00. Be sure and sign-up now as the class fills up fast (click the Classes link on this blog for more info on the class).

I saw the countdown to LitFest on my blog and had a mini-freak out. How did the time sneak up on me like that? I have materials to update and the power-point to finish. Between my teaching job and the end of the school year madness that involves, and my sick kid, I’ll probably be working on LitFest at midnight after I’ve seen the debut of my play.

And I stil don’t know what to wear.