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museology: day five

Monday, June 14th, 2004

I obviously can’t follow directions. I did not make a scroll (much of my creative output got used up yesterday!), but did find myself doing a metahistory in my Book of Inspiration — a list of all the times i’ve provided a history of myself, including resumes and school applications. That was a interesting perspective….

museology: day four – Clio

Saturday, June 12th, 2004

I can’t seem to get the Tufts’ Perseus digital library to allow me to do full text search — just metadata search. Argh. Google turns up this nifty site that gives the Greek and Latin sources:

museology: day three

Saturday, June 12th, 2004

Got *VERY* involved in my muse*ology assignment for the day [yesterday] — at least, my interpretation of the assignment. I have altered a book now. I have an old blank book from over fifteen years ago, a birthday gift from my sister. I’d started writing notes for a novel in it, and, eight pages in, the text ends abruptly. The fabric cover was quite faded.

I’ve repainted the cover with sap green — it’s in the same color family as the original cover, but brighter and deeper. I used some very cool paper from flax to replace the end paper. I glued in the card my sister made for me (“Jutith” “I hope you hav a nice Birthday.”) and a sketch i did of one of the characters.

I marked where the new book, The Book of Inspiration, began with a ribbon and a sun charm. I created a title page in Word (with decorative fonts and framing), and then i embarked on a brave altering of the book. (This step, with Eliza’s Out of Bounds II at hand.)

I carved out a window and made contoured shapes for a beach and wave in order to insert a shell and small star fish. The shell is *much* thicker than i allowed for. C’est la vie. I’ve been imagining doing that to the CDROM book that i imagine altering — it was good to get a sense of what it’s like. I think that, from an engineering point of view, cutting loose the bulk of the pages and allowing a gap near the spine would then allow a more fluid turn of the page.

I’ve one other page — black cat theme — and two other pages to glue in tomorrow. I’ve included charms that spoke to me….

museology: day two

Friday, June 11th, 2004

Notes towards a personal Grove of the Muses

From my meditation garden mandala, i’d like to incorporate N/air/wisdom, E/water/grace, S/”fire”/beauty-courage. The W/earth/stability aspect doesn’t seem to need to be so present — except in that fundamental sense that it is only when i am stable and supported that i feel free to create.

And that, right there, is an interesting thing to consider. Should i not create when i am stressed or worried? When there is personal chaos? Shouldn’t i process that chaos through the creative impulse? Can’t i ground myself through the creative process and not require that i be grounded to become creative?

So, i can cross the plowed plain of my western garden, mounting the horse that so often meets me, and reach the mountains on the other side. I release the horse, and climb the path next to the cascading stream. The narrow gorge widens to a mountain side meadow, with southern exposture. The creek has been damed to form a clear pool. I cross on the foot bridge to the circle of nine ponderosa pines and into the grove of aspens. There is a large rustic cabinet, and inside its magic space are all the libraries of the world, any insturment, any paint, ink, paper, canvas, clay, tool….

museology: day one

Thursday, June 10th, 2004

I’m taking Eliza’s museology online course — and i’ll be keeping my daily notes here. She points to an online quiz about the muses, and i took that without really reviewing anything about them. I guessed right that Mnemosyne, the Titan, was mother to the muses. Urania,Terpsichore, Calliope, & Erato were easy guesses because of shared word roots (although what organ music has to do with epic poetry is a mystery to me). Melpomene was a wild guess, although i think one of the characters in Jamie Robertson’s Clan of the Cats gave away the general sense that tragedy was the association.

Completely missed:
Euterpe, inventer of double flute, muse of lyric poetry and instrumental music.
Thalia, tamborine & comic mask, muse of comedy and pastoral life.
Polyhymnia, “matron of mimes”
Clio, muse of history

Average score is 6/10, i got 7/10 — probably because i knew terpsechorian referred to dancing.

Taking the statistically annoying Quizilla quiz, i’m told my muse is Melpomene. An honest tweak easily brings me to Urania.

Your muse is Melpomene, the Songstress, the muse of
Tragedy. Her symbol is the tragic mask. There
could be several reasons she is your muse. You
could be simply fascinated by the dark and the
plethora of emotions that accompany any good
tragedy. You could also be depressed yourself,
in which case you might try working on making
Thalia your muse…

Which of the Nine Muses is your muse?
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