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Dear Muse...

I gave you a vacation because I realized you were burnt out. I've been employing your evil twin Skippy in copywriting, which is not great literature, but which puts kitty grit in the box.

I realize that you may be sulking in the corner wondering if and when I'm ever going to pay attention to you again. Well, wakey wakey! I've been trying for a couple weeks now to rouse you out of hibernation.

Look. See that novella? The one I started in 2007? The one that I'd really like to finish? With the bits and pieces of final chapters waiting for me to catch up to them, and a detailed story outline that's been settled for years? Do you think you might come out of your sulk long enough for me to write the next chapter-- heck, the next scene -- without it sounding lifeless, mechanical, and poorly written?

This is what the last chapter of my dissertation felt like before I decided to hang up the quill. However, I am not giving up on you. We've been together too long. We were an item back when I was writing godawful Trek, Blake's 7 and Doctor Who Mary Sues by flashlight under the covers. You're stuck with me. So snap out of it and work with me here. Let's dance. I don't care if I only get one die-hard reader who's willing to wait for you; I will NOT leave this thing unfinished.

It's a good story, and it deserves to be told in full, Scouring of the Shire and all.

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Mar. 13th, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
Ouch. Yes, I stopped reading for fun even before graduate school because a humanities degree is ALL READING, ALL THE TIME. A year after deciding it was time to concede defeat, I am now finally reading for pleasure -- not just fanfiction, which I read as popcorn, but actual books.

I hope your muse recovers soon. But hey, you finished the blinking dissertation, which is no small feat!

(And X...huzzah! Over 10 years old, but I still love the game despite its flaws.)
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