I put an ad on craigslist
for a part-time muse
just to see the responses
One man wrote me
Hi, saw your ad for the muse
I have done this sort of thing before
I’m no quack.
You’ll get a good short story, maybe a novella, out of me.
I wrote back
How does it work?
He said we have coffee, and you tell me what you want to write but aren’t writing.
And we just chat like that for an hour so. I find it can sometimes be helpful to hash out ideas during significant activity. So the next time we meet, we might play tennis or something in the park.
He said he’d inspired a novel by this person who had won an award
I said did the book you inspired win the award?
He said, no.
I said, oh, how’d you get into this, anyway?
When I was growing up in Queens, my mother used to write poetry, and she’d ask me for ideas about what she wrote. I’m also an editor for a small press.
I said oh cool, maybe you can publish what I write
He said, let’s wait and see if it’s any good
I said, that’s kinda on you, no?
We agreed to meet.