Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Inspiration

One of the things I love and hate about being a writer is that just about everything gives me ideas. They come at me from all directions all the time, when I'm reading other books, watching movies, working, traveling and even sleeping.

I can't control it and I suppose, logically, I shouldn't want to be able to turn it off and on at will, because then I might have it turned off at some important moment and miss a divinely inspired idea because I actively chose not to pay attention to it.

The upside of constant inpsiration is that I don't think I'll ever run out of ideas for stories. The down side, I can probably never retire from this life because my brain would explode.

As it is I have a collection of notes, pictures, excerpts and scraps of things here and there that represent moments of inspiration. Some don't seem like much, and others speak for themselves. Here's a sampling of things that have inspired me:




Buildings like these beach houses at the Jersey shore.




Artwork like this cozy painting,

or spacescapes like this nebula,





Gorgeous natural landscapes like this view from my recent trip to Niagara falls,

and artifacts like this African Skull staff.
Each one of these things gives me ideas. What inspires you?

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