Kissing the Muse

A Memoir & Guide for Creative Practice

“ 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.


A delightfully different creative practice for doers and dreamers alike, Kissing the Muse playfully navigates the promise and pitfalls of chasing your passions when life throws a wrench in your plans.

MuseMap: Blackbird Wedding Cake

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.

© 2018 by Kissing the Muse

Kissing the Muse