Monday, September 26, 2011

Diary of a Dead Muse

Diary of a Dead Muse
By:  Benjamin Goshko
Published August 5, 2011
Available Format:  ebook

My Rating:  ★★★★☆

The main character of this short story is a writer struggling to find a place for his favorite character, his muse.  She’s become so much a part of his life, he is devastated when his real-life wife becomes jealous and gives him a frightening ultimatum.   

I loved the straightforward, normal-life-of-a-writer point of view in this one.  I like how the writer has this relationship with his character that sometimes blurs the lines of reality and make-believe, but it doesn’t make him seem super creepy or anything (well, at least not to me!).  Just like any other writer, his creative world bleeds over into his real life in very real ways.

I think every writer goes through something like this at some point.  Writing isn’t just a job, it is simply part of life for a writer.  It is just there, always.  For his wife to ask him to choose between her and his muse is like asking a surgeon to cut off his hand.  Absolutely nothing could ever be the same again. 

This is a great, quick little read.  Check it out and get in the mind of a writer for a while…