Feeding Mystery to the Muse

“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion” ~ Paolo Coelho

“The public make use of the classics of a country as a means of checking the progress of Art. They degrade the classics into authorities…. A fresh mode of Beauty is absolutely distasteful to them, and whenever it appears they get so angry and bewildered that they always use two stupid expressions–one is that the work of art is grossly unintelligible; the other, that the work of art is grossly immoral. What they mean by these words seems to me to be this. When they say a work is grossly unintelligible, they mean that the artist has said or made a beautiful thing that is new; when they describe a work as grossly immoral, they mean that the artist has said or made a beautiful thing that is true.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“Avoid being brainwashed or controlled by the opinions or attitudes of others.” ~ Steven Redhead

There was another writer at the Thanksgiving dinner table. He spoke of going to visit a publisher to pitch his idea for a Young Adult novel for boys. The woman he talked to asked him about it, and when he told her that it was for boys, she replied “No, we write for boys”. He wondered if he should write for the market or for his own inspiration. I told him about my blog, and how when readership got down low, a few times, I too wondered at that same dilemma. The truth is I do write for myself, and truly hope that it touches someone in some way. Simple as that. This is my playground and workshop. I feel truly grateful for the readership I have – about a half dozen at this time. When I write something I think is particularly good, I do wonder if it had any impact outside of my own mind. Not knowing the answer to that wonder is simply a mystery. Mystery adds flavor when fed to the Muse. And it comes out in future posts, in inspiration, in continued wonder. Just sayin. Hey, thanks for reading here. I like it when you do.

All is well. Goof gloriously.

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