So, I’ve been toying with various ideas and my mind wandered into the realm of ‘The Muse’. It’s not something I typically think of since I never really nailed down an exact muse for myself. Guess I have thousands of them, but that’s besides the point. I began to wonder if a world of fantasy would have a strange variation of Muses. I know they stem from Greek Mythology, so it isn’t a far jump to imagine a Muse taking physical form and being some goddess-like being.
This brought me to the idea of fairies and a future story/series that I planned. I wanted to investigate the various species of Windemere at some point. Not sure if this specific idea will join the series or be a stand alone, but here it is. There is a type of pixie that flies around cities and sprinkles dust on artists when they need a boost of creativity. The reason for this is because these fae feed off the aura that an artist emits when working on a project. Sometimes they find someone who is so blocked that their dust can’t help them and most times they’ll let the person give up. Yet, there are times where a pixie will take pity on the artist and transform into a Muse to help them.
A Muse is bonded to the artist and can be seen, possibly even take a human (or whatever race the artist is) size. Their energy and feedback can help break the creative block and bring the project to completion. The downside to one of the pixies taking the form/role is that they sacrifice their future. If the project is finished or abandoned then the Muse fades into oblivion. Many people are probably saying ‘well then why would any of the pixies do that?’ Because the eruption of creative aura from such a project would help their entire species and bring about a stronger generation. Also, any who take this path know what their fate is, so it isn’t a light decision.
Now, I’m toying with the idea of the artist that is in this story to find a way to avoid his Muse’s death. Not drawing out his project indefinitely because that could be seen as an abandonment in the eyes of the magical laws. I’m thinking of him finding a way to actually break her from the laws and then he has a ‘wild’ Muse on his hands. This can go in various directions depending on if I decide that it’s happened before or this is a first time. I’m thinking of not going the ‘lover’ route with the two, but more of a cherished friendship between them. This is why I’m wondering about making the Muse its own series. I can pull out her trying to get used to being free and falling into a few problems. There’s always the concept of someone wanting to capture her and use her Muse abilities for his/her own nefarious schemes. Then again, I can always make it a stand alone book where she is freed in ‘Act 1’, gets into trouble in ‘Act 2’, and . . . I’m not really sure how this would end. Return to pixie life? Fade away to put nature right? Go off on her own? Stay with the artist and live a new life? It’s really an open book right now.
Anyway, that’s one of the many ideas I was toying with during my ‘vacation’. Got that and made major progress on Project Phoenix, which I really need to rename. There’s no phoenix or project involved any more. Same goes for ‘Realm of the Night’ since I made all my vampires daywalkers, but it’s hard because I love that series title. Been using it since college too. I think I’ve diverted from my path.