This past Friday over on Facebook, I participated in a challenge of sorts begun by the esteemed Mr. Ben R. Marsten who writes amazing stories such as Mabel Bunt and the Masked Monarchs. He also has a group on Facebook he calls the Narrator's Study where artists of differing mediums come together to support each other. Anywho, the challenge for each of us that chose to participate was to Introduce our Personal Muse. The following is my post for the challenge. I'm sharing here just because my Muse led me to do so...
Introducing my Muse
I'm not sure how to even put a name to my Muse. It all began back in 2003 when I was fighting a losing battle with depression. Nothing seemed to make any difference in my life nor alleviate the symptoms. In 2002, we moved to Maryland, more than 2,000 miles away from everything I knew and frankly left the only comfort zone I had ever had. Adjusting to a new life, a new location and making new friends at 46 seemed to be more difficult than anything I had ever been faced with. Between 2002 and 2008 for one reason or another we moved SEVEN times.
In 2003, one of my clients (I'm a licensed cosmetologist, even though I no longer work in the salons) suggested I write about my life, put my thoughts to paper and see if I could make more sense of what I was going through. I began by keeping a pen and ink journal and quickly filled up one after another, after another. Not too long after I began, my fingers started cramping while trying to write so I moved on to the keyboard of our computer and filed everything away into Word documents.
During this same time, I was a member of a site called Vampire Rave (www.vampirerave.com) where I also had the opportunity to expand my very limited knowledge of computers and HTML design. I began by designing pages for my profile page and the various *houses* I belonged to. It's rather exhilarating to finally get all that crazy coding right and see how fantastic the final project looks.
In 2008, my first blog Aoibheal's Lair was born. I wrote about my life. Everything and anything that *burned* in my soul was given life by the stroke of my laptop keys. I didn't then and to this day do not have a specific topic I write about. I'm passionate, outspoken and ornery. But the most important part for me is I write for ME. Yes, I'm thankful I have a few people who read the things I write and if my often times mindless ramblings can help to make a change, so much the better.
In March, I redesigned, rebranded and renamed my blog. You can now find me still writing about the things that *burn* in my heart and soul on The Feisty Witch. Fair warning: I'm not politicly correct, I don't sugar coat things and I'm often over the top.
And my personal Muse? She's just as Feisty as I am ...