Minding the Muse is a practical handbook for the artist or writer--highly experienced, aspiring, or somewhere in between. Long draws from her extensive background as a poet, writer, and master teacher, but also gathers the insights and practices of a wide range of high-achieving artists, including mystery writer Raymond Chandler, choreographer Twyla Tharp, poet and performance artist Patti Smith, and the painter Joan Miró. Beginning with the first sparks of artistic creation--"Gathering, Hoarding, Conceptualizing"--Long moves through the various stages to "Completing Works" and "Poet as Peddler, Painter as Pusher: Marketing." Every creative worker will find something here to take to heart and into the studio or workroom.
About the Author
Priscilla Long is a Seattle-based writer of science, poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and history, and a longtime independent teacher of writing. Her most recent book, Holy Magic (MoonPath Press), won the Sally Albiso Poetry Book Award. Her how-to-write guide is The Writer's Portable Mentor (University of New Mexico Press). Her weekly science column, Science Frictions, ran for 92 weeks at The American Scholar online. She is the recipient of a National Magazine Award for a science-oriented piece titled Genome Tome, which appeared in The American Scholar. Her book of memoirist creative nonfictions is Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (University of Georgia Press). Christopher Hitchens called her first book, a history of coalmining titled Where the Sun Never Shines, an intense and accomplished social history (New York Newsday). She is the founding and consulting editor of HistoryLink.org, the free online encyclopedia of Washington state history