I got up fairly early this morning. No particular reason today, I guess I was done sleeping.
The dogs needed to wait an extra minute while I opened a new bag of food for them. Typical morning chores, dogs, coffee, then it was time to start checking social media.
That’s when the faintest whiff of sandalwood caught my attention. I stifled a smile, but didn’t do it very well. It’s a signature scent, and can only mean one thing.
The slow clack of high heels is a sound that always makes me focus, and it was coming across my hard surface flooring. Lorelei, and she looked like an image from a magazine. She wore jeans that looked like they were painted on, with a loose fitting summer top. Then there was that huge shock of brunette hair, one befitting a minor goddess.
“What brings the Muse out today?” I asked.
“I’ve been meaning to stop by, but since you’ve been writing a little. I decided to leave you alone. When I spoke with Lisa, she said you haven’t visited the writing cabin in weeks. Your creativity feeds me, you know that. I’m feeling a little neglected.”
“Don’t be like that. I’m editing, no thanks to your damned raven. I’ve been arranging artwork, and scheduling things around publication. I even got a chance to read a couple of books.”
“That’s all lovely, but you need to keep writing. I’ve told you before, publishing is your choice. I only care that you create.”
“And I’ve told you, it would be nice to cover expenses. Book covers and promotional art costs more than I make on some books. Besides, aren’t you supposed to be sending me ideas?”
“What about all those characters you’ve parked on the island? Those were some wonderful characters, and maybe it’s time to tell their stories. There is that couple from Colonial Africa, the cops in the science fiction piece, several others.”
“I don’t know, geez. Summer is a time for more than writing. Besides, getting everything ready to publish is almost a full time job. Then I have to come up with blog tour posts, get the artwork, contact my street team…”
“Yes. You’ve already whined about that. You should try to keep focus. I think you’re a wonderful writer, or I wouldn’t waste my time with you. But… writers have to write.”
“I’ll think about it. Maybe something fun will come to me.”
“That’s all I ask. Maybe one of those storyboards you’re always talking about. Those seem to lead to a test chapter or two.”
“I’ll try. I have all day today and tomorrow.”
“There’s a good writer.” She turned and walked away, wiggling her fingers over her shoulder. “I I I I.”
“What was that you said?”
“I said, goodbye.”
“Oh, yeah. Thanks for stopping by.”
“What about you? Do you have any ideas?”
“Na, mate. Ya gotta come up with this stuff on your own.”
“Well, that was singularly unhelpful.”
“I’m just a prop, mate. But I have faith in you. I feel like you’re on the verge of one o’ them epiphanies.”
“Big words for such a little head.”
“Dun gotta get personal about it. I’m trying to help here.”
“Sorry. Maybe a ghost story or something will make her happy. I feel like I’m close, but don’t quite have it.”
“I got faith in ya, and so does the lady. Maybe that keyboard thing will put some wind in your sails.”
“You’re probably right.”