6/10/11

Goddess of the Week: Calliope


Remember the very exciting blog contest? Remember how there were two lucky winners? Remember how one winner, Bellis, chose chocolate cake and the other winner, Susan, chose a winsome goddess pack? Well, I finally figured out what a winsome goddess packs consists of and am ready to give Susan her goddess. ( Alas, Bellis must wait for her cake a little while longer. Isn't that always the case?)

But let's get back to Susan. Susan wanted a goddess that would help her find time to write. Of course, she needs the Greek goddess Calliope. Technically, Calliope is a muse, and a muse is minor goddess. So she's omnipotent and stuff, but she doesn't get a cool chair on Mount Olympus. (Think of it like high school. The more popular you are, the better lunch spot you have.)

People-wise, muses are much better than major goddesses. Major goddesses sleep with you and leave you with a demi-god to raise all on your own, or they admire your bravery but then decide you're vain and make you go crazy. Thankfully, muses are less dramatic. Muses inspire you. Calliope inspires you to write epic poetry. She inspired Homer to write The Odyssey, and that's been hanging on for a couple thousand years now, so it seems like Calliope can be kind of useful.

So, Susan, for you, I offer Calliope. May she inspire you to write epics (or, whatever). Let me tell you about your prize. As promised, you have everything you need to create your own winsome altar to Calliope. It includes a candle, a framed portrait of Calliope, and a shadow box (see picture). The box is about 6 inches by 6 inches, so it's not that big. It's painted in chalkboard paint so that you can write right on it, and, naturally, you also get your own chalk to write with. How winsome is that!

Need a goddess? I'm fresh out of winsome altars, but I can still find the proper goddess to guide you through your travails. Post a comment letting me know what you need. Then check back in a week or two and see what you got. It's easy! It's free! It's fun! Really, what more do you want? Stop being so difficult.

PS: I'm super behind on reading blogs because my life is in crazy town, but I'll catch up. Give me time. Don't give up on me yet.

14 comments:

Petrea Burchard said...

A post from Finnegan Begin Again in my reader! That always makes me happy. And look! Calliope for Susan, and a picture of her winsome goddess pack. This couldn't be more delightful.

Wait--yes it could. But it'll take a little time. It will be more delightful when Susan reports back that she has indeed been inspired, by Calliope and you and all the support around her, to write something. Anything. To simply start.

Bellis said...

Now I wish I'd asked for a goddess, because I'm very envious of Susan's lovely winsome goddess pack. Hope it works for you, Susan!

Can't help thinking of the other calliope, the steam organ. The sounds take me right back to childhood.

Shell Sherree said...

Calliope sounds like a perfectly lovely muse, good not only for writing, but for inspiring the creation and assembly of winsome goddess packs. Now we just need the muse of chocolate cake baking to arrive.

Italo said...

Calliope, good muse for a blogger.

Daisy said...

I like Calliope. Any goddess that won't mess up my life is welcome!

Joanne said...

Sending a little creative energy Susan's way to boost Calliope's muse potential ... Happy writing Susan :)

... daisy... said...

Muse(s) are a writer's best friends! ;-) I love the name Calliope for no particular reason or maybe because of the sound of it! :-) Have a splendid weekend! Do you still have issues with the feeds on my blog? I answered your message on facebook! :-)

Star said...

Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!

Susan Campisi said...

Wow. What a wonderful way to start the day. Calliope is beautiful, especially in that gorgeous frame. I love it. Thank you, Margaret! I've finally gotten the big home-improvement projects done (well, at least the ones that couldn't be put off - fence, plumber, etc.), and now I can start adding the fun flourishes. Calliope's goddess altar will arrive at the perfect time. I'm so touched.

And thanks for all the kind words of support here. It's so random that I won! I am happy to share Calliope in her beautiful altar. Bellis, I never thanked you for the offer to share your cake. You're so sweet. Perhaps you can bring it to my house and we can have a party with all the local goddesses. We'll eat cake and get inspired by Calliope. (Margaret, take your time baking. I still need to get this house in shape!)

Well, that was an epic comment. Calliope and coffee. Thanks again, friends. May we all find the time to nurture our creative muse.

claire said...

Calliope sounds the perfect muse and goddess for many of us bloggers :-)))
Thank you

TheChieftess said...

I love Calliope!!! And yes, I much prefer a muse that won't mess up my life!!! Congratulations Susan!!! And my Calliope inspire lot's of writing and special home flourishes!!!
Margaret...perhaps is there a muse for photography??? Although I'm stuck on the business end...do I want to and if so, how do I show/sell my work???

Cafe Pasadena said...

Calliope is the goddess of writing? Does she have a twin sista - the goddess of Publishing?

Pasadena Adjacent said...

This blog has the best swag! congratulations Bellis and Susan. Muses are the best. Greek muses better.

Shanna said...

Oh! What a winsome and inspiring goddess pack!
Congrats Susan...Be inspired...