My muse scolded me last night after I finished the last post! She is an inclusive muse and reminded me that not all of her charges can run into her arms. In fact, she often reminds us in her interactions with me and her other charges so that we don’t forget to write stories that include EVERYONE.
Meet my muse, Sue Austin! She doesn’t know it, but she inspires me to create beautiful art that is about ability, not disability.
Here’s her cohort, Stella Young. She’s the one who got people thinking and talking about “inspiration porn.” She’s here to kick my ass to remind me when to treat creative people with disabilities like “regular” creative people. They use what they have to create, just like everyone else does.
Amanda Palmer reminds us that it’s okay to ask for help. She believes that artists and writers should be fully supported by fans.
It contradicts Elizabeth Gilbert’s thoughts in Big Magic about not making your creativity support your living. Or maybe not. She says, “In other words, I had to find a way to make sure that my creativity survived its own success. And I did, in the end, find that inspiration, but I found it in the most unlikely and unexpected place. I found it in lessons that I had learned earlier in life about how creativity can survive its own failure.”
These amazing ladies have taught me much. They will have my back.
I’m glad I introduced them to you. I hope you find your muse!