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Hi, and welcome to Muses Miscellany!

Muses Miscellany is an online magazine and shop.

Here you’ll find posts on various topics, plant-based recipes, and wares featuring my fine art photography.

I know, it’s an odd combo. That’s why the tagline is “Curious notions for cultured eccentrics.”

Let me explain.

Who, What, & Why

My name is Karen Joslin, and I’m a Renaissance soul.

I’ve always had eclectic interests, particularly in:

* History
* Mythology
* The arts
* Nature
* Food

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

* My interests align closely with the Muses’ specialties.
* I share the Muses’ mission to inspire, entertain, and educate.

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

So the content on this site will be varied, though it’ll likely relate to one of the above categories.

Now, my approach with this website goes against all advice for an online store or blog.

Experts advise focusing on a specific niche, which I think is generally wise.

And I did consider creating different websites for different audiences.

But the mere thought of that made me want to crawl into a dark hole and curl up in the fetal position.

The thing is, I’ve had websites geared toward selling my photography before.

They were fine, yet I always felt like there was something missing.

I always wanted to do more than just sell things, namely to:

* Help people in different ways.
* Connect with people more wholly.
* Give inquisitive minds a place to explore new things.

And I wanted to offer this all on the same site.

It's definitely more difficult doing it this way.

It’s also difficult trying to describe myself with a title. How many slashes can you have before your title becomes ridiculously unwieldy?

When you boil it down, though, the heart of what I do is create things. I therefore decided on the title “Creatrix.”

So this enterprise might become a glorious success or it might become a miserable failure. Or maybe somewhere in between.

If it’s a miserable failure then I'll find another way.

But you never know whether something is going to work until you try.

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