Kits My Muse: The Nine Tailed Fox

My clever fox. Her nine tails always twirling about. Mischievous in her creative gifts; giving them to me when I have little to no material of which to produce the tangible.

Stepping into the fresh evening air I look out over the damp and empty campus. Suddenly, seemingly from out of nowhere, a string of words whirlwinds around my mind. As the words in my mind join themselves into coherence, it occurs to me that I am being inspired. I look to the left and then to the right, when I swing my head back around and look forward, I jump back as that clever fox who,— no longer in fox-form, appears before me; a tall beautiful Asiatic women with long white hair and dazzling green eyes.

Her smile, a paradox, so mischievous but innocent all at the same time.

“Have I inspired you thoroughly?” She asks.

“I think so my Foxy friend, but as you can see I have no implements for which to record your clever inspiration. How am I now to bring to life the fruits of your blessing, may I ask? Will you inspire me further to that endeavor?” Her lips puff out in a pout.

“Are not my eyes inspiration enough?” She asks.

“They most certainly are my nine tailed beauty, but as you well know, beauty alone cannot ‘conjure up the stolen data tapes’, so… wait? Tapes. Record. Ah, I see what you did there. So clever.” I smile despite myself and pull my phone from my pocket and click the record app. From my clever fox’s string of words, to the digital audio of my voice, a story is born. As I look up to thank her for her assistance, she is gone; a whisper of laughter on the wind and the impression of nine, lingering on my lips.

These are usually how my conversations go with my muse Kits. She is there one minute and then gone the next. It is no surprise that she appears to me as a Nine Tailed Fox. Such a mythical creature has so many myths tied to it; one has to wonder what truth the myths are rooted in. A simple thought in that direction and wallah, the inspiration flows. It would not be proper for me to say my muse is infrequent in her visits, for that is not the case.

She is often there whispering to me about this idea and that. Sometimes her inspiration can be a bit overwhelming because well, no one with only two hands could put it all down in the rapidity that it is being delivered. I find all in all, I am very fortunate to have Kits. She inspires such wonderful, rich and, engaging worlds from which I seem to draw from on a daily basis. So as I believe she would say if she could, ‘Let your stories be clever, let them teach and entertain, and most of all, let the mischief of their weavings leave you wondering where to look next.’

Works Cited

  • Lucas, George, Gary Kurtz, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, James E. Jones, Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, David Prowse, John Williams, Gilbert Taylor, Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas, and Richard Chew. Star Wars: Episode Iv. , 2004. 30 Aug 2016.