Armed and Dangerous

Still riffing on yesterday’s challenge to turn a creative block into a character:

The minute she walked into my office I knew she was trouble. She had a pair of To Do lists that just wouldn’t quit. Longfemme fatale and persuasive like I like them. She leaned against the wall and pulled a tapered black pen out of her clutch.

I acted surprised, but she could tell I was expecting her. Ms. Always-Too-Busy was no stranger to me. She had obstruction written all over her, written as clearly as the words she was adding to the bottom of the second list: “Groceries. Vacuum. Pay bills. Work!”

I knew I should walk away, but there was something about this dame that always made me stay. I’d stay until she seduced me into crossing every item off her lists. I’d stay until my Muse stormed away, pouting. I’d stay until she left me spent and lying in a pool of my own neglected words.

Like I said, the dame was trouble. Trouble with a never-ending To Do List.

Copyright © Sandy Ackers, Strangling My Muse: Struggling to Live a Creative Life in a Stressful World, http://www.stranglingmymuse.com

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18 Responses to “Armed and Dangerous”


  1. 1 Kathy September 11, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Love it!!! I want to read the whole book. I want to see it as a movie. 🙂

  2. 3 Miss Demure Restraint September 12, 2009 at 8:42 am

    You have a wonderful gift and endearing style. I just love this piece and place.

    Be back, a sink of dirty dishes is calling me.

    Miss D

  3. 4 slacker-chick September 12, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Wow – you are amazing – I felt like “too busy” was a real character – and I too am looking forward to the movie! ;->

  4. 5 stranglingmymuse September 12, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Well thanks, Miss D — feel free to come back and pull up a chair any time. And don’t let those dishes get the best of you!

    And thank you too, Rochelle. You never slack on the supportive compliments!

    –Sandy

  5. 6 slacker-chick September 21, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Thanks again Sandy – you inspired me to write, “To Have and Have No Mo-jo” on my site. ;->


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