Muse Party Blogfest: Valentine Be Mine


About a character in the Starlight Galaxy.  The next post is about the series.

Don’t forget to click the links below my post and check out the rest of the party participates in this (Anti) Valentine & Valentine’s Day Blog Hop.  Thanks goes to Sarah our host for this fun event.


photo credit: Face to face via photopin (license)

photo credit: Face to face via photopin (license)

1. Who did you bring to the party? My muse and I are bringing my character from my Starlight Space Saga project, D’Anar Gillin.  My muse says that since she and I are as one, it is like having two faces, and when it comes to our date, in his world we are most like the Roman god Janus, only the feminine version, because we literally rock his world and guide his fate.


 Is he/she your Valentine or anti-Valentine?  Both, in that he is my escort for this event–mine in this moment and the connection we share bringing his story to life, BUT his heart still belongs to another.



Given and drawn for me by a friend to depict this character in a role play games years ago based on info I gave her about how I viewed this character. ~Sandy

2. Which one of you is the more romantic person?  He is the most romantic, although he would deny it with stoic incredulity.  He has a beautiful mind that possesses elements of genius.   He feels much, which often translates into action.

He has a tendency to often make decisions for those he cares about or feels responsible, sometimes without asking permission.  It is done with the best of intention and generally always in their best interest, whether they know it or not, unfortunately this brings friction into his life that he possibly could have avoided, if he had just communicated first.

The irritating thing about him is that he is usually right.  He possesses a keen intuition and instincts, and he knows it. The fact he repeats this behavior is sort of funny, because his formal education and forte is in the science of communication and business.  His eight years of galactic military service took him even further specializing in information/Intel gathering, stealth technology and sub-space communications.  The people closest to him don’t think this so funny, but there is something about D’Anar that endures others to tolerance of his eccentricities.

Despite his high intelligence, and his excellent understanding of people in general, D’Anar often has a blind spot for himself and those closest to him.  He may miss signs that would be obvious to another observer.  He has been described as dense by loved ones, with good reason.

He believes in honor, despite having become so jaded about the Galaxy over time.  Honor is a natural thing to him and he finds himself doing the “right” thing, almost without thinking about it- Sometimes at high personal cost.



3. What gift are you giving to your (anti) Valentine? The gift of story and his own space ship.


4. Are you guys wearing red or pink (or black…)?   I’m wearing classic black and so is he, but I am the one in the mask.   If I were casting D’Anar, this pic would be one of my top five picks. View my google image search Here

5. Did you bring any Valentine’s Day treats?  What’s Valentine without Chocolate dipped strawberries?  (D’Anar is bringing the wine.)  And, for those who prefer a little less sweet or both, fresh strawberries and whipped cream cheese fruit dip, and for variety seedless plump white grapes with cheddar cheese wedges-mild-sharp/Colby/mozzarella.

6. Name a song for our Love Playlist or Anti-Love Playlist (or both)! 

Love-His choice All of Me (lyrics)

(Anti-)My Choice, but I could not make up my mind, so a little smooth talking southern bad boy charm Black velvet (lyrics)

Another (Anti) To The Moon & Back (lyrics)- A secret fantasy in a jaded heart

My love pick, sorry had to add one more, definitely want someone who would be Good For Me

7. Got a great anti/Valentine party game?  I had no ideas, so I googled valentine couple games 


8. Feeling the love or just feeling nauseous? I feel the love.  D’Anar holds a special place in my heart.  We have a long history together.  He was created in 1999-2000 originally for a Star Wars RPG that I was part of and his story has morphed and changed many times over the years (at least 7x different genre styles e.g. sci-fy, fantasy and romantic adventure), but the essences of the character has remained the same.

His original creation was inspired by the song, Your Winter by Sister Hazel, along with his love interest for those who are interested.  This song originally appeared as a movie theme song, which triggered my muse.  Movie soundtrack 10 Things I Hate About You.   How will you have fun at the party? Click dance and click, click, click some more.

9. Has your muse been a good Valentine? Mooning over D’Anar makes her happy and this has rekindled her excitement about his story, even if his heart does belong to someone else.  She’s happy, I’m happy, so yeah.


*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.)   Yes a link to a list of quotes about writing  This one hits the heart of me. I love to read, which is why I love to write story.   “The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.” —Samuel Johnson

– See more at: The Faux Fountain Pen


My Muse wanted me to post her original form as she was envisioned in 2004 the first time I assigned a physical form to her (Pegasus at top).  She chose the name Johanna at first, but as she evolved she has modified that to include other names and images for various reasons. She also told me she was a dual entity(twin in one being and the male half was named Jordan.  She is dark to his light.) She is the representation of all possibilities


(Excerpt from my POST 02-2015  Right Brain vs Left Brain: Creativity & The Muse)

My right brain refers to herself often as the Dark Muse.  In the beginning of 2015, she told me I can also call her Raven, because she is forever the winged creature, and because she delivers messages and images.  Or, I can call her “My Pegasus”, because she carries me up and beyond imagination out into the great Ever After connecting with Spirit and the universe.

Muse refuses to be labelled or held to one image, but has agreed if I must have one, the one image to refer to that is always true is Pegasus.  It  represents the heart of who she is and the possibilities that she can become.  She says for me  to not get too comfortable with any image, as she can always change her mind.


SENSUAL DANCE, DARK MUSE 2004 by © Juneta Key



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  • Ooohh, when are you going to let the readers peek into your Starlight Space Saga?? I want to read more about D’Anar 🙂

  • Sounds like a party! I’ll eat lots of fruit. D’Anar sounds like a guy with some inner turmoil.

  • D’Anar seems like a great character! Enjoyed your party post.. love those songs too. Sorry I am late stopping by. Have a great weekend!

  • Oooh this was so much fun!!!! Sorry I missed it earlier, I’ve been running off catching up with too many things. Glad to be here, and great music choices!!! Also, I’m salivating at the thought of your treats . . . I want ALL of it. Like right now. lol

  • So much beautiful music. I don’t want a space ship. I like my feet on the ground. Though, I would love if Scotty could beam me up so I wouldn’t have to fly anymore. Thanks for sharing the songs. I feel so much better.

  • I think I need to somehow work a spaceship into my series, as ridiculous as it might be, because now my characters are pretty peeved they’re not getting one haha

    I think I’ll help myself to some cheese. Great post!

  • I like your Dark Muse. She has great taste. 🙂

  • Mmm, I love grapes and cheese. And I only tried them together recently, should’ve gotten w/it sooner. 😉 Love the character sketch!

  • “Hey D’Anar,” Syawn says, toasting the man with the one flute of champagne he’s been nursing conscientiously for this whole event. “Good to have you here. Duty, business, and intel, eh? I’m a mage-general from a practically Medieval planet–” he grimmaces, “but I feel like we might have a lot to talk about.”

    Practically Medieval? Dude, you lived a downright magical renaissance. You yourself discovered the radio-wave-based communications, didn’t you? “Yes,” he gripes, “but only because it didn’t already exist. D’Anar’s reality sounds far more fraught with possibility.”

    • D’Anar lifts his glass of white Chardonnay toward our visitor in return salute and nods.

      I **roll my eyes** at the lack of words and say, “Okay. Enough of the male mystery and silence. Talk to him.”

      D’Anar cocks a brow at me. I twirl toward Syawn and his date without waiting for a response taking the initiative, I think. “D’Anar tends to think of himself more as an independent entrepreneur and information broker these days.” I take a sip of my wine. “You’d probably like the Starlight Galaxy. It has this whole, sort of, Gothic Renaissance-industrial feel to it.” I wave my free hand for emphasis. “And you know although its not called magic, there are some who have learned to manipulate the energy fields around them and communicate mind to mind too.” I let my little speech trail off. D’Anar has that effect on me, nerves and silliness. I squirmed under D’Anar’s direct regard. I am aware our new friends are watching the interchange with interest. “What? It’d not like I’m giving away secrets.”

      He picks up a chocolate covered strawberry from the nearest table. “Another strawberry?”

      I pluck the strawberry from his hand scowling. The sparkle in his eyes tells me quite clearly I am doing it again… Amusing him. He slides an arm around my waist pulling me to his side in a light hug. My frown vanishes of course.

      To our friends, “You should visit the Starlight Galaxy if you get the chance.” D’Anar pulls a data card from his pocket and hands it to Syawn. “My comm-call card, should you find yourself in my part of the galaxy. I am sure we would have lots to discuss. I could probably use a good Mage-General on my team.” Music starts up. “If you will excuse us for a moment they are playing our song.” He pulls me toward the dance floor as the song, Your Winter by Sister Hazel, pipes through the sound system.

      I wave at our new friends, “It was great to meet you.”

  • I’m Roe on the blogfest. Roe’s Musefest . Thanks for checking out my post.

    That Pegasus in the picture is really enjoying itself. Wow both your muse and character are deeply connected to you. I’m wowed. Beautiful post.

  • Love your music choices.
    Thank you for sharing all of this with us!


  • I gave a character a spaceship, once. He– well, never mind. I’m sure it’ll work out fine. For you two. I’m sure it will. D’Anar sounds responsible.

    • LOL, that does not sound good, now my imagination is in overdrive. D’Anar thinks the whole universe is his responsibility, so a little too responsible at times. BUT, D’Anar says I am more likely to bring him to no good end as his writer, rather than his choices taking him there. Unfortunately that is all too true.

  • I loved learning more about D’Anar, he sounds awesome! He actually sounds very similar in some ways to my current muse, Jari. I think they’d get on well, despite the fact that D’Anar comes from the future and Jari lives in the past – they have many of the same qualities. Love the sketch! And the food you brought!

  • Lovely drawing of D’Anar. He sounds like an interesting guy. 🙂

  • So this space ship is junker? Even so, does it come with a garage? I think your D’Anar is darned good looking. I’d take him to a party.

    • Yup, no garage, but I am tinkering with the idea of a hiding place on a mechanical planet for my story. I am exploring possibilities. I agree, darn good looking. Thanks so much for visiting me.

  • Aww, crap, you now have my one character saying HE wants a spaceship as gift. ><

  • D’Anar is an interesting name. Wow. His own space ship. I wonder how much that costs. 😉

    • Thank you. A friend of mine actually came up with the first name and me the last. The ship? Not as much as it could have. It is a junker, a space derelict war cruiser, and D’Anar has modified, refitted and updated it. Its something he likes to do,

  • Oh, I forgot how much I love that Savage Garden song 😀
    So nice to get to know your muse and your character! Thanks for coming to my party!

  • Nice to meet the three of you 🙂 /me snags chocolate strawberry and grins like a fool

  • Fresh fruit and cheese?! These are the best party snacks I’ve come across so far!
    Will Scarlet turns to me in horror. “There have been cupcakes and cookies and brownies, you heathen!”
    Refusing to bow before your sugar god doesn’t make me a heathen, Will.
    “Sugar is not my god! …she’s just my mistress.”

  • When I first saw that sketch by (2) I thought it was Brad Pitt. I hope that’s a compliment.

    • It is a compliment. I told her at the time that Brad Pitt from Legend of the Fall was my ideal for my characters look, so you got it right. The resemblance was intentional. He was a tortured character in that movie, and my character in the story at the time was also a tortured character. My muse informed me that he still is the tortured type.

  • I want a space ship too…

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