Kissing the Muse
A MESSY, MAGICAL, ART-MAKING ADVENTURE & GUIDEBOOK
(for chasing your passion, wandering wildly, & transformating your life!)
Do you hear a faint but familiar call to create, whispering in your heart? A quiet, unmet yearning to explore, tickling your soul? Whether it's painting, poetry, true love, travel, or adventure, your muse is calling you to create your most spectacular life. Are you willing to leap into love with your muse? Or will you resist, jilting her for your daily to-do-list instead?
The muse is a mirror of your inner artist. She reflects your innate creative potential. It doesn't matter whether you dabble with watercolor, or cake frosting, write poetry or prose, or can't draw a stick figure to save your sister. Kissing your muse will rekindle a spark of mystery, magic, and a touch of the divine in your life that illuminates your way to happiness—through a unique and transformative art-making practice.
In the same way that the muse was called upon in the classical poetic tradition, we can invoke her energy today to redirect our lives. Through a series of collage-making "kissing practices,"expressive art actions, and playful writing prompts (for a dozen distinct muses), this book casts you in the starring role of your own life’s Messy, Magical, Art-Making Adventure. What's working for or against your soul's purpose? What makes your muse want to sing?
We make meaning of our lives through our stories, living them out as dramas and comedies, tragedies, and thrillers. But we can experience alternative storylines and learn to reframe and rewrite them, with themes and plot twists that are more satisfying, empowering, and hope-filled, simply by kissing our muse.
So grab and glue stick and pucker up!
About the Author
Love Made Tangible
A Messy, Magical, Art-Making Memoir
When a secret explodes like a bomb in her marriage, an idealistic art teacher embarks on a real-life creative adventure with her inner muse to reinvent her life. From America to Africa, England to Amsterdam, she follows her heart’s call to wander wildly in a messy attempt to mend it—and pens a whimsical self-help book along the way. But when the UK Home Office catches wind of her quirky, collage-making “muse dates,” it just might destroy her last chance for a real-life happy ending…or, is it just the beginning?
Written for the next generation of self-empowering women (and those who paved the way), Eat, Pray, Love meets The Artist’s Way in this colorful, true narrative for anyone who has ever been lost, blocked, or broken-hearted, and didn’t let it stand in their way.
Robbyn Layne McGill forged her multifarious career path by chasing her passions, wandering wildly, and kissing her muse. By her mid-20s, she had realized that living spiritually and personally connected to whatever turned her on creatively, was far more important than proving herself professionally. So, she quit her job as a video producer in Kansas City and followed her heart to San Francisco. There, she met a wild band of creative bohemians who epitomized her idea of what it meant to be “artists.” She soon began crafting her own personal, poetic film collages using found 16mm footage and eventually earned a spot in an MFA program. Upon graduation, she stumbled upon a position as associate professor of transformative art, and so, like any aspiring, naive academic, she decided to write a self-help book based on everything she “knew.” But her muse had a better idea—not to write a book, but to live one.
Robbyn holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in New Practices (painting and cinema) from San Francisco State University (2006), a Master of Arts degree in Transpersonal Psychology from John F. Kennedy University (2013), and a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas (1993)—but the story of how she came to live in Amsterdam (with a man she truly loves, and a cat named Leonard Cohen), and host collage-making “Muse Dates” is far, far more interesting.