Muse, sweet, Muse, why do you torment me? Why do you flit in and out of my brain when I am not home or when I am finishing another project? Where the heck are you when I can make the time to create?
I am a lucky, lucky woman. I have a part-time job as a teacher aide in a pre-K classroom. I have a fifth grader, sixth grader, and a corporate world hubby (who, by the way, graciously makes it possible for me to be an artist, too). I have it good, I do.
My muse, ficklebitchthatsheis, really doesn't give a flying flip about any of that "good life" yada-yada. She seems to resent being told that the prime creating time occurs in this house between the time I arrive home from work about 12:45 in the afternoon until time to head out the door about 3:10 to pick up kids from school. Since I am determined to figure this out this year, and since the kids aren't riding the bus home (which cuts a good half-hour off my artist time), I am experimenting with ways to tempt the muse and not waste afternoon art time. Oh, and I am pretty sure there are non-creative types out there who will read this and "pfffft" at this as mere whining by another "spoiled" stay-at-home-part-of-the-time mom... fine, fine. Your point is taken, and acknowledged. Like I said, I know I am lucky. What I am trying to do is train my Muse to help me make the most of the gift of art time, ya know? To that end, I'm thinking in terms of how we transport ourselves from one mood to another. For instance, many of us quickly learn how to turn on the "I'm at work" switch and not goof off excessively in front of the boss. Sure, we do. That's part of being a good employee, which is what most of us want to be.
Basically, I'm looking for the key to unlock my creative energy on demand, or at least, on a fairly routine schedule. Artists, crafters, work-for-yourself'ers, how do you do this? I'm thinking I need to find a good album of music to play on the way home, a trigger that makes my mind shift into the artist mode. I used to do this with housework and Paul Simon's Graceland album. Worked every time (and I freely admit, should probably be used more often). Hmmm... What about you guys? Any tricks to share?