Poetry Friday ~ The Muse

26 Apr

Hello, everyone!

I’m happy to announce that I’ve finally reached the halfway point of my WIP. I take my time with the first draft because I’m setting down the foundation of my story and I don’t want to come back later and have to rewrite half of it or switch a bunch of things around. I could really use my muse’s help during this process but I can’t wait for her to come around on a whim. She’s a capricious little bitch. I’ve learned the hard way that muses are too unreliable and that inspiration comes from hard work and focus.



The Muse


I’m a playful ghost

teasing your sense of wonder

I will inspire you

if to do so is my will

Fact is I won’t be summoned 


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Today I thought I would mention some of the places in my Fantasy Angels Series, along with some of the supporting characters and other beings introduced in Son of the Serpent.

“Son of the Serpent features a conflict of phenomenal proportions, characters that are richly developed and compelling, and a skillfully designed plot that keeps the reader turning the pages. I loved every bit of the narrative, especially the author’s unique phraseology and clarity of expression.” ––Readers’ Favorite

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FLORAISON by Jeff Brown


Dracúl is the main character in “Son of the Serpent” and Lilith is the villain in the book. Interspersed chapters in Dracúl’s voice and chronicles in Lilith’s voice divide the book.


There are three realms of Heaven:


Heaven Most High Where God resides.


Metá Heaven  Where God’s presence could be reached in His throne room. Only by His expressed permission could one cross the portal to this level of heaven. It is in the throne room God passed laws and judgments.


Floraison The lowest realm of Heaven. A paradise where angels are born.


Different dimensions separate these realms and only God traveled between them as He pleased.


*Hell, also known as Netherworld, Sheol or Underworld is also divided into complex levels and realms.




She is one of Lilith’s three close allies. She is an intelligent and cunning jinn with the ability to shift into human and animal forms, with the exception of wolves. Wolves are her foes. Her father was a fallen angel who fought in Lilith’s army during the war in Heaven. Her mother was a fallen angel who, upon arriving on Earth, was transformed into ifrit jinn.



He was a fallen angel who fought by Lilith’s side in the battle in Heaven. He was a four-winged cherub before he was cast out of Floraison. When he landed on Earth he changed into a vile creature—half demon, half wolf. He can transform into human form. Although he is male he prefers to take the form of fetching young women.



He is another one of Lilith’s allies. He was a fallen angel who had also fought in the war in Heaven in Lilith’s legion. He, like Gremory, was a loyal four-winged angel. Asmodeus was beautiful, powerful, and capable of flying and running at high speeds in Floraison. Upon crashing to Earth, he transmuted into a creature so hideous to look upon that doing so made tendrils of terror curl in your stomach and bile rise to your mouth.



She was a beautiful and powerful woman. She was the granddaughter of one of Lilith’s many demon servants. Her grandfather was a reckless fool who slaughtered his entire family. She managed to kill him and escape the slaughter. She lived on the streets when Lilith took her in as an apprentice. Artemisia was eleven years old and already lethal. After being beaten and raped many times, she learned how to defend herself. Lilith recruited her because she saw much potential in her. Artemisia became the Persian king’s highest-ranking advisor and Grand Admiral and leader of the Persian Fleet. She was the most powerful person in Persia barring the king, and she lived like a queen.


Kailash Seers:

These were powerful beings born with the gift of sight. These creatures could invoke visions with incantations and contact. Their power of sight was much stronger than that of Lilith’s. Seers are cave dwellers with a taste for human flesh. The Kailash Seers are the oldest and most powerful of the species. With one touch they would be able to see more than your future. These creatures are known to be treacherous. They are never alone. There are usually three or more together in a cave. They also have the ability to drain one of their powers.


Princess Aini:

She is a stunning young woman daughter to the King of Persia. She is intelligent, charming, and innocent to the evils of the world. Before meeting Dracúl she spent a lot of time with her nose in books and daydreaming of adventures and romance. The princess was promised to a prince from a neighboring kingdom but she fell in love with Dracúl.


Orc Demons:

These creatures are the lowest form of demons, animalistic and dim. They had the distinct odor of flatulence mingled with sulfur and the stench of decomposed bodies. These demons took pleasure inflicting fear and pain onto others. It made them stronger. They had no sexual preference––man, woman, child, animal. It was all the same to them. They had no conscience, no morals. They are not known for leaving their victims alive.



She is a woman of otherworldly beauty. Her smile could tickle your heart, and make you want to dance with glee at the sight of it. Her hair is a resplendent silvery-white and waist long. Her skin is smooth and flawless like the finest alabaster. She is quite tall for a woman, and her eyes are said to be of many colors, like the sky near sunset. Staring into her eyes could put you in a dream state. Her father is a Watcher, an angel sent to live amongst the creatures on Earth to observe them. She received many of his gifts, and he taught her much. She was a well-known and powerful oracle.


The Dark World:

A world located in a different dimension from the world of man. He who visits there will be filled with true awareness and gain the ability to understand with perfect clarity the suffering he had inflicted on his victims. One by one his victims would appear before him, and he would understand and feel the anguish and pain he had caused them and their loved ones.


The World of Light:

This is another world located in a different dimension and it was white and bright. The landscape was dreamlike, unnatural and eerie. The sky was white with a hint of pink, and only the subtle hint of color differentiated it from the landscape. There was no contrast between the ground, landscape, and sky. Everything was bright and blinding––and clear. There were no shadows to blur your ugliness. The astonishing hideousness of a depraved soul would be displayed with great clarity. In this world, you saw yourself exactly as you are inside and out.

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Characters so life-like they fly off the page.



41 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ The Muse”

  1. Kester James Finley April 26, 2019 at 11:48 am #

    I’m so excited to hear you’re at the halfway point, good job and blaze forward!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 26, 2019 at 12:04 pm #

      Thank you, my friend! I will certainly blaze forward muse or no muse. ❤
      😉 xo


  2. John W. Howell April 26, 2019 at 12:10 pm #

    Best wishes on your WIP, Vashti

    Liked by 1 person

  3. D.L Finn, Author April 26, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

    Muses are a bit tricky to deal with, I agree. Mine forgets I need to sleep and disappears when I’m awake:) Great recap on Son of the Serpent.
    Have a fantastic weekend Vashti!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 26, 2019 at 1:29 pm #

      Ha, ha! Exactly. Thank you! You have a great weekend too, Denise!
      😀 xo


  4. robertawrites235681907 April 26, 2019 at 1:42 pm #

    A super poem, Vashti. I must say that I have only written two paragraphs this week. It has been a very busy work one.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 26, 2019 at 2:56 pm #

      It happens, Robbie. Sometimes life gets in the way. At least you’re making the effort to write. You’ll get there––we both will. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  5. coldhandboyack April 26, 2019 at 2:45 pm #

    I love your poem about the muse.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Annette Rochelle Aben April 26, 2019 at 4:52 pm #

    Oh, those, wacky, playful muses… they cast their spell but without us, they cannot spell. Congrats on reaching the halfway point. You are my idol. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 26, 2019 at 7:34 pm #

      Awww. You’re so sweet, my friend. Thank you! Have a wonderful weekend. ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Bette A. Stevens April 26, 2019 at 6:37 pm #

    Love the poem, Vashti! Oh, those fickle muses…

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 26, 2019 at 7:38 pm #

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the poem, Bette. Thank you! Yes, they can drive a writer mad! Ha, ha! Have a great weekend! 😀 xo


  8. Gwen Plano April 26, 2019 at 8:49 pm #

    Congratulations, Vashti! You’ve finished the first half; the second half will flow easier. I’m looking forward to reading this masterpiece. 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 27, 2019 at 2:09 pm #

      Thank you very much for the sweet comment, Gwen. Son of the serpent is on sale this weekend for 99¢ on Amazon, if you’re interested. 😀 xo


  9. Miriam Hurdle April 26, 2019 at 10:35 pm #

    It’s exciting, Vashti, that half of your book 3 is finished. I love your playful muse, Vashti, hope it won’t play hide & seek with you! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Jacquie Biggar April 27, 2019 at 1:52 am #

    My muse is hiding as well, Vashti. Hopefully, the bugger comes out to play soon! lol

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 27, 2019 at 2:12 pm #

      Ha, ha. I’m not waiting around for mine, Jacquie. I got started this morning without her. 😉 xo

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Natalie Ducey April 27, 2019 at 1:56 pm #

    Cheers to you, Vashti! The imagery is absolutely incredible. You’re such a gifted writer. I haven’t started reading Son of the Serpent yet. I’m waiting until things settle down a little and then I can give it my full attention. Your work is impossible to put down!
    Wishing you a lovely weekend. Cheers, my friend! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 27, 2019 at 2:14 pm #

      Awww. I love your comments, Natalie! Thank you very much, my friend. You have a fantastic weekend! ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Soooz April 27, 2019 at 5:58 pm #

    Life is currently holding my muse hostage without a ransom demand. Groan. I love that you forge ahead and do what needs to be done, my friend. A stunningly visual character selection. I’m beyond excited for book 3.❤️️

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 27, 2019 at 6:57 pm #

      Hi, Soooz! Well, you’ve only written three books in a row, my dear. I’m sure your muse checked herself into one of those clinics, for exhaustion. Ha, ha. Thank you very much, my friend! ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

      • Soooz April 28, 2019 at 10:15 pm #

        These clinics serve lousy coffee. lol. 🤪

        Liked by 1 person

  13. rijanjks April 28, 2019 at 7:58 pm #

    Congrats on the great reviews, Vashti!! I know I am going to enjoy “Son of the Serpent” when I get to it! And, awesome about the progress on your new WIP!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 29, 2019 at 4:03 pm #

      Thank you so much, Jan! You’re so encouraging and such a great supporter too. I appreciate you. ❤


  14. dgkaye April 28, 2019 at 8:22 pm #

    WTG Vashti! Loved your poem too, short and empowering. And thanks for a deeper look into some of the characters in your stories. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  15. D. Wallace Peach April 30, 2019 at 11:31 pm #

    Your world-building is amazing, Vashti. I’m so impressed with the complexity. Congrats on getting to the halfway point! Keep going regardless of that fickle muse. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q May 2, 2019 at 5:33 pm #

      Thank you, Diana! That means a lot coming from you. Oh, I haven’t let her stop me. 😉 ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

  16. Annika Perry May 1, 2019 at 11:35 am #

    Yeah! 😀 Congratulations on being half-way through your WIP and all without your muse! They are fickle beings … who needs them (me! me!)😀 Your descriptions of places and supporting characters are wonderfully poetic and detailed – did you create these before you started to write the book? Wow, superb review and know these are such a boost! Well done! Good luck with the rest of your latest work!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q May 2, 2019 at 5:40 pm #

      Hello, Annika! Thank you very much! My muse comes and goes but I continue working regardless of whether she’s around or not. I still have my writer’s vault. 😉 I usually have a couple of characters in mind when I begin a story (usually protagonist and antagonist) but the rest come to me as I write my first draft. Thanks again, my friend! ❤ xo

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  17. Annika Perry May 1, 2019 at 4:17 pm #

    Vashti, I’m not sure what is happening but I wrote replies on a number of posts today including a long comment on yours and they all seem to have disappeared! Is it by any chance in spam?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q May 2, 2019 at 5:35 pm #

      Hi, Annika! I’m so sorry about that. Yes, your comments were in spam. I hate it when WordPress does this to someone who has already commented on my blog several times. Ugh. :/

      Liked by 1 person

      • Annika Perry May 3, 2019 at 3:16 am #

        Many thanks for the rescue! 😀WP is inexplicable at times and all my comments of the day ended up in spam folders. Very odd … but lovely to have a quick chat! 😀

        Liked by 1 person

      • Vashti Q May 3, 2019 at 11:07 am #

        WordPress has done it to me too––don’t know why. Always happy to see you here and read your comments. 😀 xo

        Liked by 1 person

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