Kissing the Muse
A Memoir & Guide for Creative Practice
“...to point with a trembling finger in the RIGHT direction is something only a fool would take upon himself.”
- Hunter S. Thompson
“ ‘Scuse me, while I kiss the sky.”
- Jimmy Hendrix
“I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.”
- Frida Kahlo
“We meet ourselves time and again
in a thousand disguises on the path of life.”
- C.G. Jung
When a secret explodes like a bomb in her marriage, a disillusioned art teacher embarks on a real-life creative adventure with her inner muse and pens a whimsical self-help book in the process.
From America to Africa, England to Amsterdam, she follows her heart’s call to wander wildly in a desperate attempt to mend it. Through her self-prescribed “muse-kissing” remedies and the help of an English doctor, she finds the courage to recreate herself and falls in love 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?
A provocative, unpredictable memoir that unfolds as a delightfully transparent “self-help” guide, Kissing the Muse playfully navigates the promise and pitfalls of chasing your passions when life throws a wrench in your plans —and celebrates who we are, wherever we are, in all life’s messy layers. Because the only self-help book we ever need is the truth of our own stories.
Through twelve guided “kissing practices” in transformative art-making and expressive writing, readers embark on a parallel journey of self-discovery and meet a dozen distinct muses along the way. Each muse brings her own wisdom and guidance to help you:
• Define and align with your heartfelt values
• Hear and respond to your creative call
• Confront your fears and resistance
• Find and embrace mentors and magic
• Make and keep commitments to yourself
• Overcome obstacles and develop fresh insight
• Explore and navigate the unknown
• Survive your “ordeal” and “tame your dragon”
• Rejuvenate faith, forgive, and find hope
• Determine action with your head and heart
• Transform grief and pain into compassion
• Discover and share your creative elixir
Written for the next generation of self-empowering women; Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love meets Julia Cameron’s
The Artist’s Way in this colorful, true narrative and indispensable guidebook for anyone who has ever been lost, blocked, or broken-hearted, and didn’t let it stand in the way.