Conversations with My Muse: Benefits of Writing

July 23, 2009

Good mornin!

Hey, you! How ya doin?

You seem pretty chipper today, what’s that all about?

Yep, today’s a great day. I’ve had a great couple of runs with my latest rounds of writing. It’s been fun, and trust me, the “benefits” have paid off!

Really? How so? Terrific!

Well, all this writing has really opened up a new form of communication with the hubby. We’re finally talking about some things we never even spoke about.

REALLY? And you’ve been together how long?

24 years.

Wow, that is a long time to spend not talking about stuff.

Tell me about it. You’ve really only been hanging around for about a month, and look how much you and I have shared.

Good point. So, what happened? Why the sudden change?

Well…I guess it’s because of you.

Hey, I didn’t do it — I never so much as winked at the guy.

LOL!! No, that’s not what I meant, silly woman. You just are along for the ride.

Rollercoaster or spinny ride?

It’s more of a casual drive in the country now — before it was more of a “around and around” thing. Hard to explain, I tend to use a lot of analogies in my writing.

True, but I get what  you’re saying.

Of course you do, you’re my muse.

So, what else do you have to tell me?

Well, I truly believe I’ve been witnessing an increase in the quality of my writings. Which is good — I want to continue to write well.

What’s the end goal here? Publication?

Well, yea, I’d love to see someone contact me and say “Hey, I think you’ve got great stuff here, worthy of putting into our journal..” but the reality is, that might never happen.

How does that make you feel?

Gosh, when did you become my therapist?

Eh, I’ve started a little side job of working with people who need to run through their feelings. I’m considering going back to school to become a therapist.

I think you’d be good at that.

Thanks. Now, back to your statement — what did you mean by “feeling better about your writing”?

I’ve been able to get some things I thought were buried down deep out of me. Turned out, they were still just below the surface still. Years after they happened.

Excellent!

Yes, it’s been very healing. I was even able to open up a dialogue with my sister, who affirmed the same things I have been writing about. It was wonderful to hear what she had to say. I thought I was being very selfish and a bad daughter for thinking what I did.

Hold on a sec…you should never have to apologize for “feeling” a certain way about something.

Here we go with the therapy session again…lol

No, I’m being serious. You seem to think you don’t have a right to raise your voice.

Yes, but…

But what? That’s a bunch of bullshit, and you know it. You have a lot of really good things to say, and you need to be saying them instead of squelching them behind that wall you’ve built for yourself.

Hmmm..

Don’t “Hmmm” me! You know exactly what I mean.

Ut oh.

What?

I sense a mood change coming on. Should I get you an ashtray for the cigarette you are about to light?

Hmmph…guess you know me too well. I am jonesing for one right now.

Too bad, no smoking in my head.

Well, then I’ll need to cut this visit short. Some things demand my complete attention, and that’s one of them.

Okay, I’ll let you go for now, I understand the need to feed your addiction. I have a monkey on my back too — more words to get out there.

Hell yea! Just don’t go yankin your words like a monkey in a mango tree, okay?

You really liked that, didn’t you?

Yea, one of your best.

Okay, leave….but first, another hug?

Sure.

See ya.

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