The Muses Companion

The Muses Companion – May 8, 2024

Good day, readers. Today is May 8th, the 128th day of the year 2024, with 238 days remaining.

“As the warmth of May unfolds, each day blooms with the vibrant colors and vivid promises of spring.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

Today in History:

On this day in 1886, American pharmacist John S. Pemberton sold the first glass of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Georgia. While not a literary event, this moment marks a significant cultural milestone, influencing countless narratives and symbolizing the blend of innovation and tradition that characterizes American society.

Notable Birthdays:

Amelia Phoenix Desertsong (born May 8, 1987), not only my cherished wife but also a distinguished author, celebrates her birthday today. Amelia’s contributions to literature include her published works include Cloud Pieces, Chronicles Of Absurdia, and Take My Hand And Lead Me Through The Fire. Her narratives explore the depths of human experience, and resilience.

Today’s Readings:

From Middlemarch by George Eliot:

“For there is no creature whose inward being is so strong that it is not greatly determined by what lies outside it.”

Literary Fact of the Day:

On this day in 1847, Robert Browning met Elizabeth Barrett for the first time. Their legendary courtship and subsequent marriage produced some of the most beautiful and enduring love poetry of the Victorian era, significantly influencing English literature.


As May progresses, let the inspiring stories of Pemberton’s entrepreneurial spirit, the Brownings’ romantic legacy, and the literary achievements of figures like my wife, Amelia, remind us of the diverse paths creativity can take. Their stories encourage us to look beyond the conventional, seeking innovation in our expressions and connections.

Poem of the Day:

“May” by Christina Rossetti:

I cannot tell you how it was;
But this I know: it came to pass
Upon a bright and breezy day
When May was young; ah, pleasant May!
As yet the poppies were not born
Between the blades of tender corn;
The last egg had not hatched as yet,
Nor any bird foregone its mate.

Advice for Writers:

Reflect on the personal influences in your life, much like the profound impact Amelia has on mine. Consider how these relationships shape your creative output. Explore themes of love, endurance, and the human condition in your writing, drawing from the wells of personal experience and the examples set by those who inspire you.

May your day be rich with literary inspiration and personal reflection. Until tomorrow, may you find as much joy in creating as in the company of those you hold dear.


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