From our host, Sarah Foster of The Faux Fountain Pen:
Blow up the balloons and grab your party hats, it’s time for another muse party! … It just so happens that my musiversary (that’s muse anniversary for those of you playing at home) with Jordan falls on the day after Valentine’s Day. So he’s kind of always been my anti-Valentine. This year marks our fifth musiversary… so it’s kind of an anti-Valentine’s Day party. But also a Valentine’s Day party. Basically it’s whatever you want it to be. We’re celebrating the most nauseating of holidays along with the most dysfunctional relationships we probably have – the ones with our muses.
Let the muse party shenanigans commence!
Who did you bring to the party? Is he/she your Valentine or anti-Valentine?
Will Scarlet [grinning, arm thrown around me ]: “Who else? I brought my much-beloved author babe, Danielle E. Shipley! Of course we’re Valentines. Platonic Valentines. Brother/sister Valentines. I’d-totally-kiss-you-but-it’d-be-weird Valentines. I-might-kiss-you-anyway Valentines.”
Me: “Be-quiet-now Valentines.”
Which one of you is the more romantic person?
Will: “Hmm. That’s kind of a tough one, ‘cause I’m frequently too oblivious for romance, and she’s too much of a stick in the mud to even half the time know what it looks like. But we’re both deep-down believers in the notion of True Love.”
Me: “Naturally we are, for our mutual love is most true. …strange, but true.”
Will [with an affectionate squeeze ]: “Hellz yes, it is.”
What gift are you giving to your (anti) Valentine?
Will: “Now, see, I could give a normal author girl chocolates and flowers and jewelry and whatnot, but Danielle wouldn’t appreciate any of that. I’d be better off giving her a trip to the bookstore, or a walk in the woods. Or a trip to a bookstore in the woods!”
Me: “Not feasible, most unfortunately.”
Will: “Yeah. So, I dunno.” [turns to me ] “What do you want?”
Me: “Meh, I don’t need anything.”
Will: “’Kay, cool. …I still get something, though, right?”
Me: “How’s an imaginary basketful of chocolate truffles, scarlet blossoms, and assorted bling sound to you?”
Will: “YOU HAD ME AT CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES.”
Are you guys wearing red or pink (or black…)?
Will: “Red year-‘round, baby! And, I mean, occasionally other colors, if I’m feeling wild, but totally red today!”
Me: “I’m probably wearing gray. I own a lot of gray.”
Will: “You are a disappointment.”
Did you bring any Valentine’s Day treats?
Will [produces a couple of sprinkle shakers ]: “Wha-bam: Edible glitter! Got it for you in red and gold. Bedazzle your party snacks to taste, folks. ^_^ ”
Name a song for our Love Playlist or Anti-Love Playlist (or both)!
Will: “You thinking what I’m thinking?”
Me: “Let’s give ‘em our song.”
Both: “Love is an Open Doo-oo-oor…!”
Got a great anti/Valentine party game?
Will: “Everybody kiss everybody else!”
Me: “That’s not a game. That’s a mouth orgy.”
Will: “I’m not seeing a distinction.”
Feeling the love or just feeling nauseous? How will you have fun at the party?
Will: “I was gonna have fun by kissing everybody, but soooooome author was like noooooo, so I dunno, maybe I’ll smother my sorrows by snorting edible glitter like crack.”
Me: “Stop moping. There are a million ways for you to have fun, each one more off-the-wall than the last. Go and mingle with the people. I’ll stay and mingle alone.”
Will: “That… is not how mingling works.”
Me: “It is for introverts. ^o^”
Has your muse been a good Valentine?
Me: “He’s behaved about as well as he usually does, bless his idiot heart. And it was sweet of him to drag me over here. Nobody works to keep me in the party spirit like my Will. ❤ ”
*Jordan’s Bonus Question (feel free to ignore him…): Did you bring me & Sarah a musiversary gift? (Because we’ve put up with each other for five years and I think we deserve something.)
Will [eyes sparkling ]: “You bet I did.” [presents gift ] “Found the perfect little something on Etsty: An inkwell (or pen stand) made out of a light bulb.”
Me: “Author and pen, muse and light bulb. Will, your genius is showing.”
Will [winks at me, then blows a kiss at Jordan and Sarah ]: “Happy musiversary, you two. And many more.”