My Muse Has a Wicked Sense of Humor

My muse has an incredible sense of timing and wicked sense of humor. She thinks it’s hilarious to wait until the middle of the night and then wake me up with story ideas and dreams that could be turned into stories.

At about 4 AM last night I was once again awakened by a flood of ideas, and not just one story idea this time but three. (By the way, I’m NOT complaining.  While it can be downright inconvenient at the time, I can find other times to sleep–especially on the weekends–but stories only come when they want to and most often while I’m sleeping, so I’ve learned it’s far better to lose a little sleep than to lose story ideas!)

My muse has now planted four story ideas in my brain in the last two nights. I hope to make the most of them before the first of April. (Dang, that’s only three days away!) Then I’ll be focused on other things for three or four weeks.

Our son Brian and daughter-in-law Kristi are bringing our nearly two year old twin grandsons to visit for about ten days (WAHOOOO!), and April 1st is the beginning of a new quarter. As a self-employed wealth manager, I only get paid once per quarter, and only after I’ve written and sent letters regarding Clients’ portfolios to them. The personalized results portions of each letter can’t be started until the end of the prior quarter, in this case March 31st. It is a high priority for me to get those letters out, a task that typically takes me two to four weeks.

So my window of writing availability is closing at just the moment the floodgates of story ideas have opened (after a 100-day story idea drought!). As I said, my muse has an incredible sense of timing and wicked sense of humor.

By the way, if you are a recent reader or follower of this blog, you may be unaware of my site for sharing my fiction and flash fiction stories, and my journey in creating them. If that sounds interesting to you, I recommend you check out Imaginings of a Grateful Man at:

With Love,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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10 Responses to My Muse Has a Wicked Sense of Humor

  1. Mrs. P says:

    Have you ever thought of recording your thoughts/ideas along with general story line so that you have the story concept preserved? Sometimes one can’t write the story when it comes to you…no sense losing the momentum or sacrificing something important.

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you for the suggestion, Mrs. P. Absolutely! For example, at about 4 AM last night I got up and wrote down what I could quickly capture of each story idea, and when the flow for each stopped, I was fortunate to be able to go back to sleep. That way in the morning I still had those ideas, and luckily the idea flow began again…

      • Mrs. P says:

        Yes, I do know that feeling. Only once did writing it down in the wee hours get the best of me. I had so much flooding out that by the time I finished I only had 20 minutes before I had to get up for work. lol

  2. God speed in getting those letters and reports out Russ! ❤
    Diana xo

  3. Ok read all this and wondered how on earth a mouse wakes you up in the middle of the night with ideas, yes I kept reading mouse not muse over and over talk about not being quiet with it this morning

  4. utesmile says:

    Write fast and then enjoy your family to the full.. oh and get those letters out too! All the best and have fun too.! Hugs

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