I Have a New Muse!
This may be one hell of a coincidence, but I would like to think it was some kind of divine intervention.
As you may know, I have been getting more and more depressed with my writing inertia. I just couldn’t summon up anything that would stimulate me into picking up my pen with anything resembling enthusiasm.
Quite by chance, Anita found this cute ornament when out shopping. It was an elephant surrounded by six baby elephants. I thought it was lovely, but didn’t think anything of it.
Just a few hours later, I was going through my writing and notes yet again, moved to read the last few chapters of my WIP, when something strange happened. I could suddenly see exactly what was holding me up. Several problems were ruining the flow, involving confusion with at least two chapters.
The rest of the afternoon was spent recapping, reorganising and getting the flow moving again. I was back on track and firing on all cylinders!
When I say that an elephant made me do it, I should explain why I was convinced that the ornament Anita brought home that day had somehow waved a magic wand over me and solved my problems.
You see, Ganesh, the elephant God, is one of the best-known and loved deities in the Hindu religion. So who is this elephant-headed fellow, and why is he so popular?
He is known as the Lord of Good Fortune, the Lord of Beginnings and the Remover of Obstacles.
He is also the patron of the arts and sciences and of letters. Devotees believe that if you worship him, he will grant success, prosperity and protection against adversity.
So why does he have an elephants head?
The most famous story of all explains that the Goddess Parvati, wishing to bathe, created a boy called Ganesh and assigned him the task of guarding the entrance to her bathroom. But when her husband Shiva returned from battle, he was denied access by the boy. He killed the boy in a fit of rage, cutting off his head with his sword.
Parvati was terribly upset, so Shiva sent out his warriors to fetch the head of the first dead creature they found, which happened to be an elephant. The head was attached to the boy’s body and was brought back to life.
The elephants head symbolises wisdom and the gaining of knowledge through reflection and listening.
Did the spirit of Ganesh come to help me with my problems?
Could he be my new muse?
I like to think so…
An Interesting Development
Not exactly been a great week for anything really, what with the weather and all. I don’t know about anyone else, but I find it hard to think or concentrate while in a sauna. For that is just how it feels right now.
My back continues to ache, despite my new exercise regime. I read somewhere that if your pain is worse on rising in the morning, but improves after 15 minutes, the culprit is likely to be your mattress. Describing my mornings very well, I think.
I prefer a firm mattress and to be honest, you could bounce a coin on the one I have been sleeping on. But is it too firm for someone of my advancing years? Anita offered to swap mattresses with me, just to see what would happen.
The difference the next morning was remarkable. I actually made it to the bathroom without screaming! I had to buy Anita another mattress, as there was no way I was giving her mattress back.
In all probability, all this time since straining my back, I have been adding to the damage every time I go to bed. Maybe now, my back has a chance to get itself back to normal. That’s if there is any normal to be found at the moment.
Embarrassing Moment of the Week!
Having recently changed the cover on Anita’s book Secrets, I had also changed the paperback version and was waiting for it to arrive in the post.
When it did, we marvelled at the loveliness of it, and then looked inside.
The inside was not Secrets, but The Scarlet Ribbon. Somehow, the wrong book file had been used, and I don’t think it could be Lulu’s fault, so the accusing finger of fate pointed at me. I am still not sure how this happened, but I hope it doesn’t happen again, as I don’t appreciate being the laughing stock in my own office!