10 Sep

100 words for Friday Fictioneers, all of whom can see their reflections in a mirror. Rochelle Wisoff-Fields frames the photo prompts and this week’s is from Janet Webb, mayor of Webb City, Missouri. Thank you, Janet.


Melete's Mirror



Woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head. Found my way downstairs and had a cup, and looking up…

…I shake off Aoide’s insistent voice. Nothing in five weeks and now she’s all I hear. Figures from the past speak to me, an incoherent cacophony. Mneme making up for lost time? There is a note on the hall mirror.

Melete's Message


So, back on the horse.















Mrs. Mayor

Mayor of Webb City

57 Responses to “Musings”

  1. rochellewisoff September 10, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    Dear Doug,

    It’s great to see you back in the saddle. Don’t let that horse buck you off. You have a way with words so I’m happy to read your voice.



    • dmmacilroy September 10, 2014 at 11:05 am #

      Dear Rochelle,

      Thanks. Now go to work. (And have a nice day!)

      Aloha, (and a big hug, too)


  2. wmqcolby September 10, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    Clever and funny, your usual high-quality standard. Marvelous!

    • dmmacilroy September 10, 2014 at 11:40 am #

      Dear Kent,

      Thanks for your encouragement. I wish even one third of your comment was true.



      • wmqcolby September 10, 2014 at 11:43 am #

        C.E., C.E. senor.

      • dmmacilroy September 10, 2014 at 11:53 am #

        You’ve been talking to the bus driver, I see. Thanks Kent. Aloha, D.

      • rochellewisoff September 10, 2014 at 11:56 pm #

        C’est moi?

  3. Snow's Fissures and Fractures September 10, 2014 at 11:40 am #

    I like how you manage to describe the scene without actually describing it.

    • dmmacilroy September 10, 2014 at 11:42 am #

      And write a story about not being able to write one, right? Thanks. I’m taking all comments as positive input and I appreciate it.



      • Snow's Fissures and Fractures September 10, 2014 at 11:48 am #

        I truly meant it as a compliment. “Woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head.”…your choice of words painted a very vivid picture for me.

      • dmmacilroy September 10, 2014 at 11:54 am #

        Wasn’t doubting you for an instant and really do appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.



  4. patriciaruthsusausan September 10, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    Doug, Good and entertaining story as always, and with an extra photo to creatively add depth. Well written. 🙂 —Susan

    • dmmacilroy September 14, 2014 at 11:35 am #

      Dear Susan,

      Thank you so much for your kind words for my almost story. I appreciate the shot in the arm.



  5. Madison Woods September 10, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

    Loved your story, Doug. Each sentence creates a whole picture by themselves. Glad to see your Ironwoodwind breeze into the feedreader this morning.

    • dmmacilroy September 14, 2014 at 11:39 am #

      Dear Madison,

      It always makes me smile to see you stop by and say nice things about your children. Thanks for visiting.



  6. elmowrites September 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    Now I must admit to being slow and uneducated – had a suspicion about the names but had to google to be sure. Your story leaves me wondering whether you’re better with or without these three. Either way, god to have you back (and you can never go wrong with the Beatles!)


    • dmmacilroy September 14, 2014 at 11:45 am #

      Dear Jennifer,

      God’s going to have me back one day, but not soon, i hope. Thanks for reading and commenting. Day in the Life just popped into my head when I saw the prompt and then I thought about the muses and was off and stumbling.



      • elmowrites September 14, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

        Good! Good to have you back. God will have to wait, we need you!

  7. BrainRants September 10, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    The agony of a writer without a muse, eh?

    • dmmacilroy September 14, 2014 at 11:48 am #

      Dear BR,

      I know it well. Thanks for dropping by to commiserate.



  8. aliciajamtaas September 10, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

    This has a delightful rhythm, Doug. I was just thinking – I could use a bit of help from the goddess Mnenosyne. Thanks for teaching me something new. Cheers!

    • dmmacilroy September 14, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

      Dear Alicia,

      So could we all, eh? Sometimes I just sit and stare at the screen and then go look at cat videos. Thanks for stopping by to say hi.



  9. sustainabilitea September 10, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    As mayor, I give this a-muse-ing story my official seal of approval. Lovely to see you back, Doug. Your way with words hasn’t faltered in the interim.


    • dmmacilroy September 14, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

      Dear Madam Mayor,

      Thanks for the seal of approval. Good to see you here, too.



  10. Sandra September 10, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    You just wait. When they’ve got something to say they’re going to come running, looking to hitch a ride. So just stay cool and play it cool. 😉

    • dmmacilroy September 14, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

      Dear Sandra,

      Words of wisdom from one who knows. Do they water ski behind your barge as you write? Thanks for checking in.



  11. lingeringvisions by Dawn September 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

    I too had to google, but that’s how we learn! Ahahahahaha! 🙂

    • dmmacilroy September 14, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

      Dear Dawn,

      Thanks for persevering. i had to google them too, just to know what their names were. Thanks for stopping by to read.



  12. sandraconner September 10, 2014 at 4:48 pm #

    I am of the firm opinion — and have been since I’ve been acquainted with your writing — that you do NOT need a muse. You are your own muse, and an inspiration to other writers. Loved this.

    • dmmacilroy September 14, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

      Dear Sandra,

      Who needs muses when I have encouragers like you. You give unstintingly and I appreciate your kind words very much.



  13. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) September 10, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

    Good to see you have been visited with all three of the muses.. I always miss your writing,.. 🙂 PS I love when you put part of your story in photographs.

    • dmmacilroy September 14, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

      Dear Bjorn,

      Thanks for the kind words. I try to keep it fresh (re the photo containing part of the story) and it’s nice to know the work is appreciated.



  14. Sorchia D September 10, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

    Those blasted muses–always flitting off to Bermuda without warning. Back on the horse for us all, then! Thanks–this made me smile.

    • dmmacilroy September 14, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

      Dear Sorchia,

      So that’s where they go. I going to Expedia’s web site right now and book a ticket. Thanks for reading and commenting.



  15. The Writer's Village September 11, 2014 at 2:08 am #

    Don’t know what the heck is going on, but:

    Hi Doug.

    My best wishes and hope all is well.

    Now let’s have some fun!

    • dmmacilroy September 14, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

      Dear Randy,

      Do you have your own supply of nitrous oxide or what?



  16. high five and raspberries September 11, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    I missed you~ you have no need for help, your writing is wonderful. My gosh beautiful handwriting too boot **envious**

    • dmmacilroy September 14, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

      Dear Patricia,

      I went online to try to find a note writing meme or something. No luck. Then I thought, Rochelle has neat printing so I asked her and she kindly agreed to help me out if I promised not to darken her door any more. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment.



  17. plaridel September 11, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    but… but beating a dead horse won’t get you anywhere.

    • dmmacilroy September 14, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

      Dear Plaridel,

      I never stick around long enough to consider walloping quadruped corpses. When it becomes apparent to me that the muses are on vacation, I go watch cat videos.



  18. draliman September 11, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

    Great stuff! I have to admit, I had to Google the three strange names, though I already suspected they might be Muses from the context.

    • dmmacilroy September 14, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

      Dear Draliman,

      Turns out there were a whole bunch of muses. had to choose the simpler version. Thanks for reading and commenting.



  19. pattisj September 12, 2014 at 2:26 am #

    Glad the muses are talking to you, if only to say, “Goodbye.” You don’t need them, anyway.

    • dmmacilroy September 14, 2014 at 11:54 am #

      Dear Patti,

      You’re very sweet to say that. I wish it were true. I might have had something to show for the last four weeks. Thanks for dropping by to boost my spirits.



  20. tedstrutz September 12, 2014 at 3:22 am #

    Aloha, Amigo!

    • dmmacilroy September 14, 2014 at 11:47 am #

      Dear Ted,

      Do you know that I think about you every time I walk on the Nasmyth deck of Keck-1? You’ve made a mark.

      Aloha to you, too.



  21. talesfromthemotherland September 12, 2014 at 6:58 am #

    Always glad to see you back among us, Doug. Very aMUSE’ing story, with wonderful story telling and writing. Welcome back, darlin’.

    • dmmacilroy September 14, 2014 at 11:41 am #

      Dear Dawn,

      Thanks for the welcome. My muses would thank you, too, if they could be found.



  22. rgayer55 September 12, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    Note to self – don’t let Doug use the inside toilet when he visits–outhouse only. I’m okay with him talking to himself, but when he starts saying, “Huh?” it worries me.

    • dmmacilroy September 14, 2014 at 11:38 am #

      Dear Russell,

      You didn’t get it and I get exiled to the outhouse? How is that fair? My story is why God invented Google. Get hot.



  23. David Stewart September 15, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

    Doug, I had to look up the names, but once I did, it all fell into place. I can sympathize, since this summer has been less than productive for me, writing-wise, but I hope the sisters return to you soon.

  24. Dreamer of Dreams September 15, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    Ah, the three Muses of Song! How gentle they were with you, Doug! Nicely done!

  25. Nan Falkner September 16, 2014 at 4:55 am #

    Dear Doug, I love your writing and don’t think you need any outside inspiration for creativity because every word you write or phrase you coin is full of treasure! I finally found “Melete” on Google. I’m old, and stupid – and that’s ok, I just like being able to read your brilliance in the club. Thanks for coming back! Nan 🙂

  26. Love Happy Notes - Daily Fun and Inspiration September 19, 2014 at 10:05 am #

    A Beates fan I see. 🙂

    • dmmacilroy September 19, 2014 at 10:11 am #

      Never heard of them. Thanks for dropping by.



  27. kirizar September 26, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

    Clever you. (Also, you made me Google the names of the muses: Aiode and Melete. Now I feel even smarter.) What do you suppose Thelxinoe and Arche were doing while their sisters left the note?

    • dmmacilroy September 26, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

      Dear Kirizar,

      While researching that story I found that at one time there were up to nine muses so for my version I chose th time in history when there were only three and used their names for the story. Good for you in your Googling. That’s how I learn. A boon to writers, eh? Thanks for stopping by this older story.



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