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New 'muse' from the French Revolution?  
17:02:00, January 6th, 2008
 
 
John Henry Holliday, DDS
First of all, I am still ill with a fever and possess the usual tendency to ramble coupled with likely incoherence. If I am not making sense, please inform me and I shall amend this.

I have been considering writing for another ‘muse’ here. It is not that I needed someone to write, but that I have always been interested in the French Revolution. Always? Well, quite some time. Years. Decades. I made a game once of The Terror where one vied for power and the maintaining of one’s life throughout the significant externally imposed events of those years while assuming the roles of various members of various factions with their interwoven personal connections. My first favourite was Marat and once a long time ago I dressed as him for Halloween, all enthusiasm. Then, reading further I decided upon Camille Desmoulins – again the consummate friend, capriciously dedicated, a brilliant writer with no self-control, a man of rash causality turning actions and bitter remorse, all heartfelt. He did not lack courage, and while ‘capricious dedication’ seems an oxymoron, he made it a career. Marat seemed the villain, crying for blood and the enforcement of extremes of political innovations. He was fanatical and paranoid, austere and elitist, while speaking and working tirelessly for the republic of Fraternity with great personal sacrifice, caring nothing for himself. He was intolerable, utterly incorruptible, brutal, and unclean - and the people loved him. But now, I have been given this small fiction for Yuletide and I again can see Marat. I believe. I have a book collection on the French Revolution, though I admittedly sold some and never did find Lamartine’s History of the Girondins. I have sympathy for nearly everyone. Fouche the brilliant stategist and mathematician who killed and burnt Lyons. Vergniaud, the eloquent poet of the salons for mercy and moderation. St. Just, vitriolic and the perfect adjutant to Robbespierre and his extended choice of extreme ideals of romantic conceptions made concrete, or the guillotine. David, brilliant and talented, my favourite artist of any time, but yet with his self-preserving instinct of betrayal and obsequiousness. Fabre D’Eglantine, with his flamboyant loyalty, caught in the compelling and exciting tide of social upheaval, then engaging in petty corruption with the East Indian Company for mere money. In short, I have some sympathy for them all. Lindet and Rhul, Condorcet, Barnave, Brissot, Danton of course. All of them.

So, taking all this into account, I was thinking of writing for Marat or possibly Camille.

Please find below a poll, that I may consider various pros cons and opinions, if you would be so kind as to fill it in. As a reward I promise easy clicky boxes. Please comment, er, in the comments if you have further thoughts...


Poll #1116763 The French Revolution

Marat, Camille, neither, etc. Please select all that apply.

Why bother when you only care about John?
0(0.0%)
What about Bran? You should post more often. I don't think you are ready for another person.
0(0.0%)
What are you going to do about Simone Evrard or the tiresome Lucile? You could not portray a woman to save your life, even tangentially.
0(0.0%)
There is no one with whom Marat will ever interact in a kindly, warm, gentle, patient or even tolerant way.
0(0.0%)
Oh look - a clicky box nestled just here!
0(0.0%)
Marat will see into one's soul.
0(0.0%)
Camille will love everyone.
0(0.0%)
Marat is cool. He lives in a bathtub and dresses in black and bandages, managing to be filthy and wet at the same time.
0(0.0%)
Camille is cool. He flips his hair back vainly and can fall into screaming arguments in the street.
0(0.0%)
You can make cool icons. The French Revolution is supremely well-documented.
0(0.0%)
You will never ever know as much about any of these men as about John so you may well run out of repertoire.
0(0.0%)
Can't you do something silly and light-hearted for a change?
0(0.0%)
There is no one playing any characters from this time - to whom do you think you will talk, exactly? hmmmm?
0(0.0%)
But these men are all devotees of Rousseau whom you hold to be the originator of all modern ills.
0(0.0%)
What joy what rapture unforeseen. An intermission clicky box!
0(0.0%)

More entertaining clicky boxes. Check all that apply.

Both are complex characters it would be interesting to read.
0(0.0%)
Both are complex characters it would be interesting to write. *wink*
0(0.0%)
There are better characters.
0(0.0%)
I am overjoyed to finally find a clicky box that is less long-winded.
0(0.0%)
Only if you write in limericks.
0(0.0%)
Ask John.
0(0.0%)
Once upon a time there was a rabbit who loved to frolic in the crepuscular hours... sorry, I drifted.
1(16.7%)
My eyes, they burn.
0(0.0%)
Your eyes, they burn. Go back to bed.
0(0.0%)
At last. The final refreshing clicky box.
0(0.0%)

Marat, Camille, etc.

Marat!
0(0.0%)
Camille!
1(16.7%)
Someone else!
1(16.7%)
Stick with John and pay more attention to Bra!
0(0.0%)
Write journal prompts from the point of view of the beloved clicky box! Huzzah!
2(33.3%)


Augh. How could I misspell 'Bran'? And I don't think I can edit the poll now... My apologies.
 
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 music_and_magic
 
1:13:40, January 7th, 2008 (UTC)
 
 
If you have the interest, I say go for it! There's nothing wrong with having a primary muse and a few secondary ones.
 
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 rm
 
2:18:26, January 7th, 2008 (UTC)
 
 
rm
I am new, so cannot offer a fully formed opinion.

However, I can't believe it took us this long to find each other's LJs since we seem to have similar views of the voices we harbor. Even if you only write for something once, if it wants to be written, it wants to be written.
 
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 the_real_peace
 
2:39:14, January 7th, 2008 (UTC)
 
 
Theodore 'Hickey' Hickman: OOC Poking
((I think Hickey may have answered a few of those... But that's what I get for using his journal for it.

He likes limericks; what can I say?

HANYWAY. You know you want to go for it. >.> More muses = more fun. And if some of them don't write as much? Eh. C'est the way. Exploring different voices can be a) all kinds of fun and b) all kinds of informative. So theah.))
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a muse?
 rilwyn
 
5:46:27, January 9th, 2008 (UTC)
 
 
queenofif
I think I would benefit from talking with you about the process of choosing a muse and creating a journal from that perspective. I might learn something. I can't answer your poll - have no experience creating this sort of artform. Carry on - have fun!
 
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