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Monday, July 29, 2013

Mood music, mood lighting, writing moods, writing muses



"I'm in the mood for love" has been used as an album title used by everyone from Frank Sinatra to John Lee Hooker. There are also recordings specifically intended to enhance love-making. Scented candles are supposed to help. Maybe alcohol and marijuana will do it. And chocolate. However, If someone is "moody," she or he may not be in the mood for love.

I'm not sure what kind of mood a lava lamp enhances, but it seems that lots of companies and people think that moods can be enhanced, and maybe even provoked. Muzak has done extensive research to determine what music increases worker productivity.

I don't require any specific lighting for writing. Classical music "feels" good, but I'm not sure if it actually helps me to write. Sometimes I start typing to match the beat. Music with lyrics is distracting.

I have to be in the right mood to write books in general, and even specific books.


In the last six months of 2012 I churned out about a dozen books. And then I just got out of the mood. I have not even been in the mood to make some minor corrections in books I've already published. I know that's ridiculous, but that's the way it is.

I never stopped writing for the web, but I did stop writing books. I'm always reading at least six books, and I come up with ideas for books to write every few weeks.

I think I'm getting back in the authoring mood.





The book shown above was supposed to be published in July of 2011 (or maybe 2010). It should be out in September.


In ancient Greek mythology, the muses were goddesses or spirits who inspired the creation of literature and art. There were originally three muses, but the group later grew to nine.

In Renaissance and Neoclassical art, the muses were equipped with specific props to help identify them.

Calliope (epic poetry) carries a writing tablet; Clio (history) carries a scroll and books; Erato (lyrical poetry) has a lyre and a crown of roses; Euterpe (music) carries a flute; Melpomene (tragedy) has a tragic mask; Polyhymnia (sacred poetry) often has a pensive expression; Terpsichore (dance) is often portrayed dancing and carrying a lyre; Thalia (comedy) is usually portrayed with a comic mask; and Urania (astronomy) carries a pair of compasses and the celestial globe.

The word "muse" is used in modern English to refer to an inspiration, but also exists in "amuse", "museum" (from muselon -- a temple where the muses were worshipped), "music", and "musing upon."

Traditionally, muses have been beautiful goddesses. So far I've had three muses, and they are all women.

I don't know if women writers, artists and musicians have male muses. Would Fabio be amusing to J. K. Rowling or Yoko Ono?


Sometimes a live muse may provide active encouragement, but sometimes a muse may just be lurking in the background of the mind. Sometimes a muse will be hovering above, always observing, visible and inspiring.

Creativity often includes an innate desire to please, perhaps going back to infancy and childhood when we want to make mommy happy so we get fed.

There can be a courtship aspect to bemusement -- perhaps not planned or thought about. Even if there is no feedback, a writer can be stimulated to do better and better, to win the heart of the goddess (or god). A writer may even imagine having sex with the muse, and words become a subconscious gift, like flowers or candy or jewelry while dating or trying to seduce. Elton John wrote, "My gift is my song and this one's for you." I'm not sure who the song was written for.

For most of my writing career I wrote about things and about how people related to things. Around 2005 I became comfortable writing about people without the things, and writing fiction as well as non-fiction. This coincided with my reconnecting by email with "D," a girlfriend from college whom I thought would become my wife.

After a while she lost interest in communicating with me, and I stopped writing the book she inspired me to start. I later reconnected with "P," one of the first females I was attracted to. I shared my cookies with her in second grade. Her presence helped me finish the book.

In 2008 I finally became comfortable writing about emotions.

This important evolutionary development coincided with my reconnecting with "R." She was a very important girlfriend from high school, and the first woman I thought about marrying. She became my most powerful muse and is responsible for what I consider to be my completion as a writer.

However -- I've been married to Marilyn for over 41 years, but I never thought my wife was my muse. Perhaps because I did win her heart and we did marry and are still together, there’s less urge to please her. Perhaps her daily physical presence weakens the more spiritual connection necessary for musing. I don’t know. Maybe she really has been one of my muses but I just didn’t realize it.


(some info from Wikipedia)

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