Poor Lonely Red Shoe


Poor lonely red shoe.
To whom did you belong to?
They did not need you.

© Dan Hoger, 2014.

A Neutral Guide to Net Neutrality

A while ago, I had posted an article asking people to Sign the Petition to Protect Net Neutrality.

Whether you are a blogger or just enjoy reading blogs, I’m guessing that you spend a decent amount of time on the Internet, since you are reading this. In that case, Net Neutrality affects you, just as it affects everyone who uses the Internet. It is imperative that Net Neutrality is protected.

If you would like to learn more about what Net Neutrality is and how you will be affected if it is abolished, then check out this Neutral Guide to Net Neutrality.

Net Neutrality

Read My Articles on Bubbleblabber and Shiftgig

One of the reasons why I haven’t been posting as much on Missing the Muse is because I’ve gotten some paid blogging gigs. As a writer and blogger, it is truly awesome to get paid for my words. If you enjoy my posts, then please check out my articles on Bubbleblabber and Shiftgig.


Bubbleblabber is a fun blog that reviews cartoons, anime, and animated shorts.

Here are my articles so far:Bubbleblabber


Shiftgig is a website that dedicated to helping food service industry workers find jobs and food service industry employers find help. Think of LinkedIn for restaurants and bars. They also have a blog.

Here are my articles so far:Shiftgig

Thank for you reading my blog and for checking out articles that I have written on other blogs.

A Great Honor As A Blogger

Hello? Is anyone still here?

In case anyone was worried, I’m still alive.

I’m going through a lot of personal stuff and junk right now.

In the midst of Life bitch slapping me like a used up hooker who comes up short on cash, I seem to have neglected my blog. Worse than that, I have neglected my loyal readers.

Once again, I seem to be missing the Muse.

It wasn’t until today that I realized how appreciated my blog posts are.

I received an email from one of my readers, a fellow blogger whose posts I have always enjoyed as well.

I really hope that she doesn’t mind me posting what she wrote, but her email meant a lot to me. I am quite honored to be told that my posts are appreciated and that I have been missed.

Here is what she wrote:

Hi Dan,

I started following Missing the Muse in June because your words really resonated with me. Pieces of your story and some of your feelings seemed to resemble mine in a few key ways, so it was cool to read someone else’s take on such personal experiences. Also, you are simply a beautiful writer with what seems like a great sense of humor and an ability for deep, meaningful introspection. Since those are all things that I admire, I was looking forward to reading more from you. But, there hasn’t been a new post since Father’s Day.

If life has just gotten in the way and you’re not writing, then I totally understand how that can happen and it’s not my intention to put any pressure on you at all. But, I just wanted to check in to say that I’ve missed your posts. If you’re writing somewhere else, I would love to follow you there, if that would be okay.

Hope you are alright and that everything is going well for you.

Take care,

CC, thank you so much for the kind words. I am sorry for posting your email without asking you first, but it really touched me. Just ask, and I’ll take it down if you’d like.

Indeed, life had gotten in the way. I have been working on some writing projects. Besides that, the writing that I’ve been doing has been personal, introspective, and self-reflective. In a way, I’ve been journaling privately as part of therapy. It has allowed me to get out a lot of the emotions that have been building up inside of me. Kind of like how writing poetry has done for me. Except this form of writing isn’t creative. It is an uncensored collection of everything that is currently going on in my life.

Honored blogger
Being told that my writing has touched someone else is one of the greatest honors that I could ever receive.

To all of my readers, I am sorry for any inspiration or entertainment that you may have missed out on due to my absence.

Honestly, I’m still trying to figure out what the point of this blog is supposed to be.

Please let me know what you enjoy the most about this blog, and what you would be most interested in reading. Is it my poetry, stories, rants, random stuff, or something else? What would you to see more of on my blog?

CC, thank you for giving me a kick in the ass when I needed one.

CC is an excellent poet, and I highly recommend checking out her blog, consciouscacophony.

Father’s Day 2014

Father's Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there!

This is the third year that I am celebrating Father’s Day as a father. To continue the tradition that was started on last year’s Father’s Day, I took my soon to meet up with my dad at Buffalo Wild Wings.

After that, my son’s mother treated me to boba tea and we played at the park. It was a good day. I love my little buddy and I am proud of him.

I hope that the rest of you fathers out there had a great Father’s Day as well.

If you are interested in father’s rights, then you need to watch this inspirational video:
Tommy Sotomayor Speaks At The Capitol In Washington DC About The Rights & Importance Of Fathers

Poet Spotlight: Marie Smith

PoetryI’d like to take a moment to give a shout out to another great poet named Marie. She goes by the handle maegnas-sting on her poetry page. Please pay her a visit and check out her writing.

Poems by maegnas-sting

I Dream Of Jeannie

A wormhole opened through time and space,

Allowing me to glimpse your face.

A star died in my galaxy,

Now I float adrift at sea.

Being drawn into this big black hole,

Searching for remnants of my broken soul.

Another dimension is where you stay,

Trapped in a cage day after day.

Oh how matrimony can change someone.

It can drive a man mad when it becomes undone.

For others it can feel like a living hell,

Being stuck inside a prison cell.

We met too soon or perhaps too late,

We’re worlds apart and that is our fate.

We connect well and our spirits could be climbing,

But dammit all, we have horrible timing.

Maybe one day when our demons are dead,

This thing we have could be more than in my head.

Until that time comes I’ll settle for this curse,

Of sending you digital love across the universe.

I’ll sit and wait and drink my martini,

And I’ll always have sweet dreams of Jeannie.


5 Things Every Server Wishes They Could Say to Their Customers

ShiftgigI have worked as a restaurant server for over four years. I finally escaped the service industry about a year ago. Let’s just say that it wasn’t for me. I am far too introverted to stand talking to people I don’t know for any length of time. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all bad. I met a lot of really cool people. But I also met some less than cool people.

My experience as a server isn’t all for nothing, though. I recently began writing for a website called Shiftgig. It’s kind of like Linked In, except specifically for people who work in the service industry. They were looking for freelance content creators and I managed to become one.

So far I’ve written one short article for Shiftgig. The exciting news is that it’s been published on their site!

Without further ado, I present my first article for Shiftgig:

5 Things Every Server Wishes They Could Say to Their Customers

I will soon write more articles for Shiftgig. I would really like to impress them, so it would be awesome if that article received a lot of hits.

Please do me a favor and Share that article with anyone you know who has worked as a server. I’m sure they will be able to relate. Thank you.

Stars And Scars

PoetryI drift alone through time and space,

Floating past moons and shooting stars.

Remembering when I last saw your face,

Brings tears that drip down to my scars.

In space, no one can hear me scream,

If they could, would they even care?

Time slips by like a blurry dream,

As I come face to face with my biggest fear.

So far from you, I feel lonely,

I wonder if I’ll ever get home.

You were always my one and only,

But you shot me into space where I now roam.

I continue my mission in search of life,

Perhaps an alien will take me in.

Maybe she will become my wife,

And greet me with a great big grin.

Or maybe I will be lost forever,

And get drawn into a black hole.

If only I were a bit more clever,

I could finally reach my goal.

Exploring planets is a waste of time,

When there is no one to explore them with.

I waste away while in my prime,

In search of nothing but a myth.

If there is life out here, I need to know,

I want to put my mind at rest.

Until then, more galaxies will I go,

I can only give it my best.

Sign the Petition to Protect Net Neutrality

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Net Neutrality is a major issue.

Considering that you are reading this in the Internet right now, it would be in your best interest to learn how important it is to protect Net Neutrality.

These brief videos explain what Net Neutrality is, how it is in danger, and what the consequences will be if it is not protected.




Help Save Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality
Public pressure has recently gotten the FCC chair to backtrack on his assault against Net Neutrality.

For the first time ever, there is a new proposal that would reclassify the Internet as a public utility, like water. This would make it equally accessible to all.

You can help by signing this petition.

After you sign, please spread the word. We MUST save Net Neutrality!

Inspiration – An Invitation

Dan Hoger:

What inspires your writing / art / music / creative outlet of choice? What is your muse?

Submit your story to this blog and it could be posted.

Originally posted on Dragonscale Clippings:

For the first time ever, I am opening my Wednesday Words slots to guest writers.
I would like to post a series of writings on the subject of what inspires you as a writer / musician / artist / dancer / craftsman etc and am looking for short, concise pieces of writing. These posts will appear between August and November this year.
Focusing on just one of your creative outlets eg writing, fix on one thing only that inspires you to write. What is it? How does it inspire you? What has it made you write / re-write? How do you feel when you are inspired to write? You have just 200 words in which to describe your Inspiration.
If you would like me to consider your piece of writing, (200 words maximum) please send it in the body of an email to dragonscaleclippings (at) gmail (dot) com…

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Diablo III Anniversary Treasure Pack Giveaway

I have been playing Diablo III a lot lately (when it isn’t disconnecting, grrr!).

It is fun taking out your frustrations by shooting demons in the face with a crossbow.

May 15th marks the two-year anniversary of Diablo III.

To celebrate, Blizzard is hosting a Treasure Pack Giveaway.

25 winners will receive the following:

  • Reaper of Souls backpack
  • Reaper of Souls lanyard
  • Funko Pop! Diablo vinyl figure
  • Funko Pop! Tyrael vinyl figure
  • Diablo III coffee mug

If you enjoy Diablo III like I do and want some free stuff, you have a chance to win by visiting here.

If you know anyone who plays Diablo III, send them to that link.

Just thought I would share. Carry on!

Diablo III

What’s Next For Missing The Muse?

What's nextNational Poetry Writing Month is over, but I have a backlog of haikus and other poems I wish to post on here. I’d like to pair the poetry up with images to add a visual element. I’m waiting for the weather to change from this soggy mess to a decent day so I can get into nature with my camera and snap some photos. It might be a few days before I get the chance.

I’d like to go through my old posts and clean them up a bit.

I also have an idea for a logo I would like to use. I tried drawing it myself, but it’s not turning out the way I’d like it to. I asked a few artistic friends of mine to help, but they’re too busy. :( So if you know an illustrator/cartoonist who could help out, please let me know. Thank you.

As I focus on building my freelance writing career, I may not be able to post on Missing the Muse every day. So if you don’t see me for a day or two, don’t be alarmed. Keep checking in, and be sure to add me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

If you know someone in need of writing or editing services, please have them check my professional page: http://danhoger.com.

Thanks for reading!


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