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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on March 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: creative writing, , readers, ,   



    “Would you explain your writing to me?”
    “Certainly — I write what I see.”

    “So, what you see is what you say?”
    “In my mind, I see it that way.”

    “But things aren’t always what they seem.”
    “In that case,¬†I write what I dream.”

    “Pray, how to tell the two apart?”
    “Some might say, therein’s the art.”

    “Then, that’s the art — to part the two?”
    “No, that’s the part that’s up to you.”

    “Up to me? But you’re the writer!”
    “Truth be told, aren’t you the decider?”


    • Lisa R. Palmer 7:08 am on March 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Brilliant!! Absolutely brilliant! Love this… ūüėÄ

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      • mistermuse 8:30 am on March 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for that “dream” comment, Lisa. ūüôā

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        • Lisa R. Palmer 11:04 pm on March 12, 2018 Permalink

          It’s absolutely true, and real, offered in daylight by a conscious, enthusiastic fan… (who also happens to believe that dreams are often real as well – lol!)

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        • mistermuse 12:03 am on March 13, 2018 Permalink

          Much appreciated, Lisa….and to show that “dream” comment was meant as a compliment, here’s a little ditty for the dreamer in us:


    • scifihammy 7:41 am on March 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Clever – and entertaining ūüôā

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    • arekhill1 10:18 am on March 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Nice set of rhymed couplets you have there, Sr. Muse.

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      • mistermuse 11:33 am on March 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        That’s “The Art of the Real,” Ricardo. Eat your heart out, Donald (“The Art of the Deal”) Trump.


    • thelonelyauthorblog 11:11 am on March 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      This is brilliant. Bravo.

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    • Don Frankel 5:16 pm on March 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Muse earlier this year I had a thought in a similar vein and that happened when I realized I didn’t know anything. It was quite a moment because I’d been walking around for six decades and I didn’t know anything. I only thought i did.

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    • mistermuse 9:21 pm on March 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Don, count yourself fortunate to have been walking around for only six decades and not knowing anything — I’ve been walking around for over seven with the same disability. But at least we know what we don’t know….which is more than can be said of a certain President of the United States.


    • Don Frankel 6:11 am on March 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Muse full disclosure here as someone from my old neighborhood told me that a young Donald Trump used to come into Karl’s Lunchoenette where I worked as a teenager and that I used to make him milkshakes, vanilla by the way. I would have disclosed this before but I just didn’t remember.

      Also pointed out to me is that we played baseball against him. I thought he grew up about a mile from our neighborhood but it seems it was a lot closer than that more like a half a mile or even less. But that all makes Donald Trump my friend. That’s the way things worked in Queens back in the 1960’s, Sorry to disappoint.

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      • mistermuse 8:38 am on March 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        No problem, Don. I simply can’t abide the way Trump treats people and believes “it’s all about him” — but I guess friendship trumps everything (pardon the pun)….although the way you define (for want of a better word) friendship seems to me a bit of a stretch, considering that it’s strictly a one-way street. I always thought of friendship as a reciprocal relationship.

        Don, I like to think of you as a friend, so I hope you don’t mind my telling you how I see it. I certainly appreciate your telling me how you see it.


    • Don Frankel 11:51 am on March 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Muse, when you make someone a Milkshake, they leave you a tip, especially the rich kids from Jamaica Estates so it was reciprocal. But I don’t only have friends who agree with me. That’s boring. My late wife and I agreed on practically nothing but we didn’t have angry arguments we just disagreed and had fun doing it.

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      • mistermuse 1:55 pm on March 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Don, since I wasn’t a rich kid, I probably wouldn’t have left a tip if I bought a milkshake from you, so I hate to think that could’ve cost us a friendship. But I mostly agree with the rest of your comment, especially when it comes to politics. Too bad Trump doesn’t see it that way — at least, I assume he doesn’t, or he wouldn’t mock those who disagree with him.


    • moorezart 3:09 pm on March 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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  • mistermuse 10:51 pm on July 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , creative writing, posting, Terminator   


    It may not seem so, judging by the 300 or so posts I’ve crammed into this blog¬†the past¬†two years (not to mention¬†my comments and responses here and on other blogs), but I’m a painstakingly slow writer. Perhaps I take too much time to think¬†about what I want¬†to write, and then I¬†compound¬†that interest by re-thinking as I’m¬†writing, then¬†tightening up what I’ve written, then¬†editing, then¬†re-editing¬†what I’ve edited, et cetera (on second thought, make that¬†etc.).

    Mind you, it’s not that I feel cursed by an addiction to unattainable perfection, or even to attainable quality. But I’d like to think that¬†ARS GRATIA ARTIS (“Art for art’s sake”) is¬†more than an MGM motto — it’s part of¬†what every creative¬†writer should strive for.¬†Nonetheless, there comes a point where something has to give. There are too many other things I want or need to do, and there are only 24 hours, more or less, in a day. If I¬†can’t¬†yield on quality, the compromise will have to come on quantity.

    So, for the month of August, I’m going to slow down, try something a little different. Instead of posting every two or three days (even,¬†at times, daily), I’m going to cut back by¬†publishing every five days (August 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th and 30th). My hope for this experiment¬†is that by posting less frequently but on a regular schedule, readers won’t¬†miss¬†the dubious pleasure of my company after a day or two, because¬†they’ll know “I’ll be back” on¬†dates certain.

    So, give me five. It’s not like I’m asking for a handout.


    • Michaeline Montezinos 11:19 pm on July 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I think that you have a solid plan to post five days apart. Best to slow down sometimes.
      I didn’t and have fallen again two more times. The last trip to the ER convinced me that striving for perfection is a huge waste of time. At least I had good care and got to go home after having my back of the head stapled. Almost wanted to quit working on my book, too. Which is just plain dumb. I cannot be that discouraged since my husband has ordered me a new computer. He is one great guy and I am a lucky girl.

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    • DoesItEvenMatterWhoIAm? 11:24 pm on July 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      It is good that you recognize that you need to step back and focus more on what works for YOU. After all, isn’t that what blogging is all about? Isn’t it meant to be for us as individuals? I will still be here to read, every fifth day. More so, or less if that is what you choose. ‚ô°‚ô°‚ô° Melanie

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    • Joseph Nebus 2:48 am on August 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      It’s certainly worth experimenting with. I’ve just gotten some data about how my mathematics blog readership varies with the number of posts I make and that’s been intriguing and worth thinking about.

      Really, the important thing is for every post to be interesting. After that the frequency doesn’t so much matter.

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    • Don Frankel 4:57 am on August 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      So long as….

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    • scifihammy 5:10 am on August 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      At the end of the day, Blogging should be fun! If it starts taking its toll then it is time to slow down. Your posts, and some others I read, are quite detailed and impossible to churn out. You won’t lose your regulars by posting every 5 days. See you later ūüôā

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    • mistermuse 6:19 am on August 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I woke up this morning to find five comments to GIVE ME FIVE – is that a good omen, or what? My thanks to all of you for the good vibes and good advice.

      I’LL BE BACK!


    • arekhill1 12:00 pm on August 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      i know how you feel, Sr. Muse. I’m trying to finish a project and sometimes the blog seems like such a chore, especially when there’s nothing in the headlines to mock. But I slog on.


    • mistermuse 4:42 pm on August 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Keep on slogging on, Ricardo – someone needs to mock the far right, and no one does it better than you (except maybe some of the characters on the far right themselves, inadvertently).


    • BroadBlogs 1:14 pm on August 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I tried posting everyday the first week I had my blog. It about killed me. So I decided to do three days a week. That was extremely hard at first. I’ve become a faster writer over the years, so it feels more doable now.


    • mistermuse 3:36 pm on August 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Even every other day about kills me, so we’ll see how every 5 days works out. I realize I tend to be too much of a perfectionist when I write, but you can’t teach an old dog new tricks….or so they say. I just may go to the dogs with tomorrow’s post. Time will tell.


  • mistermuse 4:53 pm on March 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , creative writing, , love of writing, , , , , , writer quotes, ,   


    There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
    –Ernest Hemingway¬†

    Before becoming an internet¬†blogger several years ago, I had been a¬†much-published “typewriter”¬†poet and writer for over twenty years in various literary journals and magazines….yet I don’t recall ever being asked why I write. Perhaps the¬†motivation is obvious. I write because I’m a writer —¬†writing is in my blood. The reason¬†I write is akin to¬†the answer¬†Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid)¬†gave Rick (Humphrey Bogart)¬†in CASABLANCA:¬†We might as well question why we breathe.

    This is not to say that everyone who writes is a writer¬†who must write. Just as there are all kinds of people, there are all kinds of writers with all kinds of agendas, many of whom (from a passion standpoint)¬†appear more agenda-driven than writing-driven….and that’s all well and good, though I’m not sure¬†you can¬†have it both ways¬†and call yourself¬†a creative writer.¬†It seems to me that anyone who doesn’t love writing¬†for its own sake¬†is not on the same page as¬†a creative writer….and it seems that I am not alone in that opinion:

    A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
    –Maya Angelou

    The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. –Mark Twain

    We live and breathe words. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world….¬† –Cassandra Clare

    Fantasy is hardly an excape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.
    –Lloyd Alexander

    There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.¬† —Oscar Wilde

    Or maybe that isn’t all.¬†There are many more¬†quotes from writers¬†worth repeating, and I expect I’ll be repeating some of¬†them¬†sometime soon.

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