Saturday, February 04, 2006


The muse is inherently female. If you start talking Greek muses, you'll get up to nine of them, all female. Even now, movies like Dogma and The Muse have female muses. And why not? It makes sense - there's nothing wrong with that.

And then there's me. My muses of the past several months have been male. Based upon one I get a new character, which usually spawns some female invention as well. The Phantom lead to Rosiel, who was given Cordelia. Kakashi lead to the detail sharpening of Malacai, who until then had been stuck in a sort of Cameron form from Dragonlance - one I did not like but was unsure how to fix. This lead to the sharpening of his brother Mordecai and from there the sharpening of Fiara. I guess I can't really attribute Dr. Beckett to musedom because he was not the main insipiration for Anna.

It's odd, but I never attribute my female characters to muses - I mean in the sense that their inspiration was thanks to a muse. I suppose I could, in which case the muse would be invisible, I would never really know it was there, and walla! the job would be done. I suppose that's the way a muse is supposed to work. To show up without the artist's knowledge, give him or her a eureka! moment and then float off. Not that I know muses actually float. Maybe I should just renege on the concept of the male muse and fall back to the description of Kakashi and the Phantom as mere inspirations. Maybe I am getting visits from muses - female ones - who then inspire me once my eyes hit one of the two men or certain music hits my ears. Actually I'll allow the music to be female muse inspired, the only exception perhaps the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack.

You might think I'm weird, pondering things like these, but then I guess you should be aware of me by now and my line of thinking. The thing is, I sort of want to keep this bloggy writing oriented. Even though I could mention other topics or lament over the same things as I have been - my lit professor says we write about things we don't understand in order to understand them, but I don't want to write certain things anymore for the simple fact that I will never understand them. Maybe I should just start taking quotes and babbling about them.

Anyway, old Greek men came up with all that mythology - so who's in charge? Zeus (man). And of course, who would give men inspirations? Women (duh). So in the end maybe the muses aren't even real enough to bother with. In which case, my muses are male and I win. Sha-zam. Haha.

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