My muse is a masochist

Okay, my TOS has returned something fierce. I actually took off all of yesterday and Tuesday afternoon from work because of the pains zinging up my arms. Been downing Clonazepam like candy. The upshot is I’ve been sleeping pretty heavily. But the downward side of things is my brain feels pretty muggy. And I still hurt.

Of all the ironies, my muse came a-calling too. 1000 more words on the little fantasy I started and it’s done. Zero draft completed. It’s a short piece, a sort of mystic/spiritual examination of war as a theme. It was inspired by one of the songs on the CD britzkrieg gave me for my birthday: “The Queen and the Soldier” by Suzanne Vega. The lyrics stuck me with me, haunting me with images until I sat down and hammered out a story to frame them. So, hurray, my first completed story of 2004. Having Matthew first reader it, and then up to Critters it goes. But also, ouch.

Wish I could learn how to type with my toes.

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4 Responses to My muse is a masochist

  1. It seems like this pain just doesn’t wanna go away. I hope you’re doing okay later.

  2. britzkrieg says:

    Yeah, “haunting” is the perfect word to describe “The Queen and the Soldier.” I heard just a few snippets of it up in my college’s radio station back in ’92 or ’93, and they really made an impression on me. A couple of months ago, I found the song on either iTunes or MusicMatch, even though I wasn’t even sure of the its title before I listened to the sample.

    I did not realize, or I had forgotten, how abrupt and brutal the ending was. It was like a punch in the stomach when I first listened to the song all the way through, and I didn’t listen to it again for a while.

    Aside from the ending, the song also contains some potent imagery, I think. It’s unforgettable. I often catch the song looping through my head. I look forward to reading the story it inspired!

    >my TOS has returned something fierce

    I have a question: Does massage do anything at all to relieve this condition? I just got out of a session of deep tissue work with a therapist who visits the company every other Friday. My blades and shoulders tend to fill up with lumps these days, but she does a good job of working them out. She gives me a lot of relief.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      I don’t think massage would get to the root of the problem. It’s a nerve issue, although I do treat it with muscle relaxants. But then again, a good massage is always a plus. There’s a masseuse who comes to my place of business every week too. Maybe I should schedule a session with her . . .

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