Cabinet card of Karen Joslin as The Fool, juggling an ancient lyre, flowers, an antique spoon, a vintage camera, comedy/tragedy masks, a stack of books, and a globe.

© 2020 Karen Joslin & Doug Boyce 

Hi, and welcome to Muses Miscellany! My name is Karen Joslin, and I’m a cultured eccentric.

Or to put it in other terms: Polymath (from the Muse Polymatheia), Renaissance Soul, multipotentialite, or scanner.

As such, I’ve always had eclectic interests. My top lifetime pursuits, though, have been writing, photography, and cooking.

My previous websites focused on pet portraiture, then fine art prints and stock photography.

The blogs I published along with them were – well, rather random,  against most reasonable advice.

Now, I did this partly because I feel like artist and photographer blogs tend to lack personality, and they often do little to forge a lasting connection with their audience.

And partly because my inner rebel shrieked, “Why should I be forced to fit a square peg in a round hole?!!!!!”

While I stand by those rationales, it didn’t work well because I hadn’t approached it with an intentional, cohesive plan.

I realized that I needed to go back to the drawing board.

First I considered creating a niche website, like a site selling only angel art prints. And that would definitely be easier. Yet such a restrictive approach felt claustrophobic.

So I considered creating multiple niche websites. And that felt so nightmarishly overwhelming that I wanted to crawl into a dark hole, curl up in the fetal position, and cry.

Then there’s the fact that for a long time, I’ve wanted to combine my writing and photography in creative ways. I’ve got a few ideas on how to do that, and some of them wouldn’t fit into a niche website as well.

Aside from all that, I felt like other cultured eccentrics would love a website where they could explore more than one thing and, perhaps, be introduced to something new.

Moreover, I felt that these people would likely share more than one of my interests.

For instance, people drawn to my photography style probably also like  history and/or mythology. So they may be interested in my posts on those topics in the Salon section.

And where else are vegan Goths going to find both Gothic home decor and vegan recipes? That's right – NOWHERE!

So the result of this reboot is Muses Miscellany: an online magazine plus gallery shop full of goods with a vintage flair.

Why the Name?

I chose “Muses” as part of my site’s name for two reasons.

One, because my interests align closely with the Muses’ specialties, such as:

* History
* Music
* Theater
* Poetry
* Celestial realms

Two, because I share the Muses’ mission to inspire, entertain, and educate.

“Miscellany,” meanwhile, refers to a collection of diverse works. Miscellanies orginated in the ancient world, eventually morphing into modern-day magazines.

To those of you who have read this far, I’m grateful. I hope you'll join me on this journey and find lots to love here!

All the best,
Karen Joslin

P.S. – for a detailed exploration of the Muses and miscellanies, see my posts about the Muses and the article “Miscellanies.”