Story Challenge Day 17: Help Wanted

Thanks, Raivenne, for providing me with the inspiration for today’s blog post. (Maybe you should polish up that resume and put your name in the hat!)

VACANCY: Personal Muse

Position Type: Management

Date Posted: March 17, 2022

Location: Inside my brain (hazard pay included)

Date Available: Immediate

Job Description:

Lainie Levin is an aspiring writer, poet, and occasional hot mess. She is currently seeking an artistic muse to spur her into action and inspire her to push her boundaries. Lainie Levin offers a competitive compensation package, including love, adoration, baked goods and the occasional, reluctant thank-you.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The artistic muse assumes authority for the general artistic growth and creative welfare of Lainie Levin. Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Giving Lainie good ideas for writing
  • Giving her better ideas for when she doesn’t like the first ones
  • Nudging her to get writing
  • But being nice about it
  • But also kicking her in the rear when she needs it
  • Giving Lainie the space to find inspiration
  • Pointing said inspiration out when she needs it
  • Letting Lainie sleep, for heaven’s sake
  • But also helping her shape a story when she’s ready
  • And reminding her she has the skills to DO the THING

Minimum Qualifications

  • A thick skin
  • The patience of Job

Working Environment:

The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions require the following physical demands: pulling along, shouldering the burden, general nudging, doing the heavy lifting, and some amount of stooping to levels.

Interested applicants, please respond below.

Published by Lainie Levin

Mom of two, full-time teacher, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and holder of a very full plate

24 thoughts on “Story Challenge Day 17: Help Wanted

  1. Just make sure you vet all applicants. Get references. May give that person a trial run before committing to hiring said person full time. Great post.

  2. Noticed some symmetry with occasional in your job description. Are all of your occasional bouts with being a hot mess paired up with occasional thank yous? I love this structure and playful nature, something tells me your muse will be applying to interview with you soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Ah….I didn’t notice that! No, it was just a case of my using a word more often than I usually do. As for that muse, I’m still waitin’!

  3. A thousand giggling “Yes!” for the utter delightfulness of this! I’m so glad you included the let you sleep part. I clearly left that out of my posting and those chicks have taken advantage of it. This was a much needed grin after my admittedly less than joyous post today. Thank you.

    1. Thank you! Yes, muses are horrible for the slieep schedule, that’s for sure. And…thank YOU again for the inspiration!

  4. Thanks for linking to Raivenne’s post. I read it and then read yours. The two of you have me thinking that my muse needs to get its act in order. Perhaps I should write to it. It’s been lost for several months.

    1. Ooh. Maybe you’ve got yourself a blog post, Stacey! I could definitely see that letter or that “gone missing” notice taking shape quite nicely…

  5. Absolutely delightful, Lainie – oh the fun you have, poking fun at you. My favorite part of all is including hazard pay for the Muse to live in your brain. I love every bit of this – mainly because THIS. IS. ME. TOO. – do you think we could go in together for BOGO -?? ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Absolutely! It’s like nanny-sharing, but for muses. I’m sure there’s an app for that, right?

  6. This is perfect. I’ve been talking to my dog a lot, and while he is a very good listener, he is not really up to the muse position. I really like “pointing said inspiration out when she needs it.” That alone would be worth a generous salary. I feel like the inspirations are probably all around me, but I miss a LOT.

    1. Exactly! I think if I truly found inspiration everywhere, I don’t know how my brain would handle it. It’s like being fully conscious all the time. It’s…a LOT.

    1. Aw thanks! I say that after feeling guilty that I let a couple of days slide by myself. Time to get on it!

    1. Yeah…I’m assuming that at some point that muse is going to have to resort to some form of trickery or shennanigans.

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