Inspiration in all the right places ...
I got back from London, England a few weeks before the phrase 'giant-collossal-ginormous-volcanic ash cloud' was part of the lexicon. And before everyone questioned their faith as water-cooler chats centred around the concept of an act of god or nature or mother earth and which god and whose god?! Back in simpler times.
When I was in the hotel before my flight left I saw Alicia Keys perform the song Empire State of Mind. I found it to be inspirational.
I also found inspiration from the school visit I did last week at Bowness High School. I was invited to speak about the life of a writer as part of LitFest (which ended with a birthday party for Shakespeare – I hear he was a no show – typical, playwrights eh!).
Two high school classes listened to me drone on about the life of a writer. My presentation had all the makings of a thriller. There was internal conflict (as I explained how writers have to make a living while pursuing their dream of writing) there was suspense (as I told the story of how I got published) and there was resolution and emotional growth of the character as I talked about how writers have to see rejection in a whole new light (it’s not me – it’s you!).