I’ve mentioned The Girls in the Basement from time to time in this blog, thinking that most of the people who have been so faithfully following my blog (who are indeed very patient and loyal, thank-you) know what I mean. But from time to time I get a question about them and I’ve always meant to blog about them so here goes:
First of all, I didn’t make up the term on my own. I believe the first time I heard something like it was in Stephen King’s book, On Writing, where he refers to his muses as “The Boys in the Basement”. The idea immediately spoke to me. I could see my muses, my “Girls” clearly. But then I sort of forgot about them until I discovered a delightful podcast called Will Write for Wine, through which I ended up meeting most of my writer-type friends who also had “Girls”. Not all of them refer to them as such. My dear friend, Cynthia, for example, refers to hers as “The Younger Miss Bennets”, which I think is delightful and very appropriate considering how mischievous her muses tend to be.
I don’t know how many muses other writers or artists have, but I clearly have four. There may be more, but the four are the most constant and the most vocal. I tend to think of them The Old Snark, The Hippie, The Hopeless Romantic and The Fairy Princess. I haven’t gone so far to name them (after all, that would be crazy), but who knows, maybe someday I will. They don’t usually all speak to me at once, thank God. Various triggers bring each one to the forefront. For example, the Fairy Princess goes crazy for shiny things and tutus. The Old Snark likes to appear when I’m drinking Gin & Tonics, The Hopeless Romantic love sappy love songs from the 80’s and The Hippie loves hiking.
Over the next few days, I plan to introduce you to each of The Girls individually. Tomorrow will be dedicated to The Old Snark.