Saturday, December 19, 2009

Mentors, Muses & Monsters Finalist: Rachel Green

Her Constant Companion
by Rachel Green

There is one person above all who has influence over my writing. He has mentored me through seven Harold and Jasfoup novels, the Gospel of Lucifer, a Laverstone murder-mystery, a book of Jasfoup's shorts and two collections of poetry and is with me now and every time I put pixels to digital paper.

His name? Oh yes: Earl Grey.

Not the present Earl Grey, of course, nor the 2nd Earl Grey, British Prime Minister and author of the Reform Bill of 1832, but the tea, flavoured with bergamot oil, that bears his name.

Oh! how he woos and delights me, this tincture of leaf and oil. He is my constant companion, sending my flights of fancy souring and my two fingers tapping away at the keys in an orgy on indulgent writing, pausing every few sentences to sip from his china mug. Today's is a handspan tall with a delicate painting of a red poppy gracing the china.

-sips-

Alas, he has become cold to me, but momentarily i shall go into the kitchen and return with him piping-hot in my embrace, and we shall venture down another chapter of my latest together. Together with his recently discovered niece, Lady Grey, the book takes shape under my hands with plot twists worthy of the convoluted scent of bergamot itself. How we shall laugh and dance when the last page is written and we turn to cover design!

Oh! How we laugh.

22 comments:

stephanie said...

Super essay! I should have such an inspirational companion. I have my coffee, of course, but that's more like oxygen and not very muse-worthy.

Rachel said...

Wonderful essay. Congratulations Rachel!

Girl with One Eye said...

Congrats. I love this, I feel the same over my beloved coffee.

neil h said...

I take my inspiration from the Duc de Espresso and the Viscount Latte con Syrop de Vanilla ... :-)

Merry Monteleone said...

Awesome - I loved it!

Stephanie, I disagree, coffee's extremely muse-worthy. :-)

DK Leather said...

fabulous!!

Gemma Noon said...

Beautifully written. Your words are almost enough to make me consider drinking that stuff again.

Alas, despite being English, I still think it tastes like dishwater.

Smells nice, though!

_*Rachel*_ said...

Ahahahaha! This is awesome!

My only constant writing companion is Sir Q CompaQ, and I've been unfaithful to him.

Chevy Stevens said...

Love this! I'm also a tea drinker.

Jan Hopkins said...

I wake up to Earl Grey every morning. ;)

Lovely piece.

elric said...

Yes, Earl is a personal friend of mine:) Lovely exposé.

london-setterby said...

Oh, heart! I too love both Earl and Lady Grey.
I can relate to this essay much more than the others, I might add.
Great work, Rachel!

Chris Eldin said...

Simply LOVELY!! Very charming and sweet!
I enjoyed this one. Made me smile after 3 rounds with the shovel this morning (and we have a very long driveway).

:-)

spacedlaw said...

Lovely! Tea is a fickle lover, it can get cold so easily... especially when writing.

Lydia Sharp said...

As a fellow lover of Earl Grey, this hath woneth over mine heart. :)

David Alton Dodd said...

A very fun and playful essay. I also enjoy Earl Grey but they don't seem to sell it in this part of Mexico. Every type of tequila I could want, but no Earl Grey tea!

Venus Vaughn said...

I'm a long-term disciple to the Earl myself. Which purveyor of the delicate leaf do you prefer ... Twinings? Bigelow? a generic? a specialty?

Sarah Laurenson said...

Ahhhh. I love Earl Grey, but I'm afraid I've abandoned him for Chai.

Peter Cooper said...

Great post, Rachel!

I'm absolutely with you on the importance of liquid inspiration, though mine comes from a bean rather than a leaf (and just now and again from a grape).

Thanks for sharing this.

Jaleh D said...

Mmmm. I love Earl Grey and Lady Grey tea. My other favorite is Twinings Constant Comment in both regular and decaf. It has the right balance of orange, tea, and spices. Some of the orange teas out there have too much spice.

A cup of tea is my favorite way to get words moving.

Rebecca Knight said...

My darjeeling and I read this together, and applaud you! :)

Leatherdykeuk said...

Thank you all most kindly. Something went awry with notifications and I missed all the rest of these. My apologies.