The art of writing
Calliope is the muse of epic poetry, and closely associated with music, as are all the Greek muses. I don't write epic poetry, but I like the idea that good writing can be musical, rhythmic, and powerful.
I have an M.A. in English literature, with an emphasis in medieval studies, and I started out with the goal of teaching English in public schools. Somehow my path turned to scientific and technical writing and editing. As technical writing is a lot like teaching someone on paper, I suppose that's not too far off the original path.
I like helping people put thoughts on paper, whether it's a software manual, family stories and genealogy, or an autobiography. I've ghost-written books on Japanese culture for American businessmen, family histories, and Irish mythology. I've also written a lot of marketing brochures and materials for all kinds of businesses and non-profit organizations, along with shelves and web pages full of hardware and software manuals. But probably my most enjoyable writing project was a book that combined stories, history, and music...Airs and Dances, a Collection of Scottish Strathspeys for Violin and Other Melody Instruments.
"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul.
And sings the tune
Without the words,
and never stops at all."
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
"Now begins a torrent of words
and a trickling of sense."
Theocritus of Chios (310 - 250 BCE)