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  • They say when thinking about a clue to the mystery: think horses, not zebras.

    They say: think of the most probable clue, the most likely answer to the evidence, the most logical trail to follow.

    They say: when you hear the pounding of hooves in your environs, it is likely to be horses, right? Not zebras.

    But writer's mind is crazy. Writer's mind is not logical. Writer's mind has horses for muses, zebras for muses, writer's mind has ----elephants for muses.

    May I present two of my muses: a ceramic elephant from India, bought in South Florida. And the Murano glass elephant, brought by hand as a present to me from my husband D. when he was on business in Venice. Yes, a glass elephant to join the glass club of Cowbirders' favour.

    Writer at work. There are days your muses go on without you. Keeping the thoughts warm, keeping the synapse flames going, keeping your lobes alive, and now that it is spring the elephants are out in the garden. The elephants are the elephants in the (outdoor) room.

    Well, this morning, true story (Cowbirders, after all, are very reliable witnesses), I went out in the quiet, and I saw a magical thing.

    The two elephants were squaring off.

    Ceramic versus glass.

    Nose to nose, tusk to tusk. The muse duel.

    Nice. So I sat a bit, and had my coffee, and I watched my muses.

    Saturday morning at the muse corral and the elephants are having a workout.

    You know what? Let the muses do the work, for a change.

    This writer is going to watch her inspirations sweat it out.

    May the best elephant win.
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