Diary of a Dead Muse

Rated 4.25/5 based on 4 reviews
A young writer must choose between pursuing his muse and keeping his girlfriend.
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Words: 2,150
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465827814
About Benjamin Goshko

I'm a 27 year old lawyer, a gamer, a dreamer, an author, and a lowly fool.

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Review by: Erika M Szabo on Sep. 29, 2011 :
Reading this short author's diary reminds me of reading a poem. Every word has a purposeful meaning, and it leaves a deep impression. Benjamin has an easy flowing writing style, I'd love to find out if he ever written Twil's story. For now, I will read his other book the Ant King. Sounds interesting and if it's written in the same style, I'm sure I will enjoy it.
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Review by: Cassie on Sep. 26, 2011 :
Diary of a Dead Muse
By: Benjamin Goshko
Published August 5, 2011
Available Format: ebook

My Rating: ★★★★☆

The main character of this short story is a writer struggling to find a place for his favorite character, his muse. She’s become so much a part of his life, he is devastated when his real-life wife becomes jealous and gives him a frightening ultimatum.

I loved the straightforward, normal-life-of-a-writer point of view in this one. I like how the writer has this relationship with his character that sometimes blurs the lines of reality and make-believe, but it doesn’t make him seem super creepy or anything (well, at least not to me!). Just like any other writer, his creative world bleeds over into his real life in very real ways.

I think every writer goes through something like this at some point. Writing isn’t just a job, it is simply part of life for a writer. It is just there, always. For his wife to ask him to choose between her and his muse is like asking a surgeon to cut off his hand. Absolutely nothing could ever be the same again.

This is a great, quick little read. Check it out and get in the mind of a writer for a while…
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Review by: John McDonnell on July 20, 2011 :
As a fiction writer I've had characters who have made an impression on me, but I've never dreamed up one like Twil. She is a persistent Muse, one who seems to flirt on the edges of the main character's imagination. This story is a good depiction of the fiction writer's interior life. You're only half there, in your day-to-day life, because you've always got some character or plot in the back of your mind. I really like the descriptions in this story, and the scenes. I like how the narrator imagines Twil in different situations, even taking out his anger on her, and always she comes back to him.

It's a great depiction of how a writer will always choose his Muse, even if it means breaking up with a real life lover.

Great story.
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Review by: J. J. on July 12, 2011 :
Short and sweet, the author takes you into the mind of a writer struggling to create something new with an established, and persistent, muse. The unnamed narrator depicts, day by day, a week in the life of an artist trying to get himself published and his failure to produce something he deems worthy of a muse he has come to fall in love with.

As with everything this author has written, the story flows smoothly, drawing the reader in with the first sentence and keeping your attention until the last period. This piece in particular features the use of colloquial terms and phrases more often than not, such that the word "diary" in the title is not simply a name but an accurate description.

A lighter offering than the majority of this author's works, including The Book of Nine Ides, "Diary" is a quick but immersing read, sure to provoke anyone to search out his other titles.
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