This isn’t just a post about inspiration. First I have some news. The Wise Guy is done and has gone to my editor! YAY! Also, I’ve taken a job as a Submissions Editor for a publisher. And… I have covers for Shifting Winds and Hot Water. I’m not going to post the covers yet because they don’t have the publisher’s logo on them yet. Once they are complete, I will post them on this site, the Tales of the Darkworld site, and I’ll revise my trailers to include them… maybe. Not sure on the trailers yet.
So, now I wanna talk about inspiration. Someone asked me recently what inspired me. I find that lots of things do: other stories and books, other authors’ characters, my friends, the Bar writers and their stories, pictures, news, things I see and hear every day… and some times, just stuff in my head. Memories, wishes, daydreams, night dreams… You get the picture.
Really, inspiration can from from the least little thing. I was in a Talking Two Lips chat with the authors and publisher of MLR Press. They were talking about the I Do anthology (something I’ll be blogging about again soon) and how they should do another antho… this time maybe on… ghosts! I said, I can do that. And I started to get an idea… The publisher threw out the submission guidelines. Then she said oh, how about 20K, due in August, published around Christmas and… my imagination went wild. It doesn’t take much sometimes. I have the plot down, and the main characters, 1K written, and a tentative title of Rousing Caine… Caine being the ghost who is roused from his eternal sleep. LOL
Since I’m a really visual person, I do respond well to photos. Faith Bicknell-Brown of Freya’s Bower has been tossing out photos on her Yahoo loop to see if she can inspire us. She has inspired us. In my case, a little vignette today with Max and Bliss from The Pixie Prince. Last time around it was a longer piece about fallen angels. That one will eventually be part of a much bigger story, one of the Tales of the Darkworld.
One of the photos that never fails to inspire me when I look at it is called Steps to the Jewel Box. To me, this photo looks like what I imagine the fae world Behind the Veil to look like. This realm is part of the Otherworld, the world of the paranormal characters from The Bar. The photographer is a young friend of mine who is going to college in Missouri. Justin Scott is a sweet person, charming and witty, and a kick ass photographer! His images astound me constantly.
Like any college student, Justin doesn’t always have the funds for the things he wants and needs. So he sells his photos on the internet for $50 to $80 depending on the paper and size you want. I decided that the first thing I would do with the first of my royalties would be to buy something totally for myself, something that would last, and have meaning for me. Something I could look at and think to myself, “I bought that with the proceeds from my own imagination.” I decided I would buy a copy of the Steps to the Jewel Box.
Recently, Justin had a little accident. His Nikon took a nasty tumble and decided not to work properly any longer. Justin had already been saving for a new Nikon, but now, he had to figure out a way to get it sooner. So while chatting on Twitter, Justin joked around about taking donations. Feeling bad for my friend, and being a little flush in my pockets for once, I went to PayPal and I sent him $10. Someone else did too. The joke and our generosity turned into pure inspiration.
If you go to Justin’s site you will see all his lovely photos. Now, you can have one of those photos, the ones that cost $50-$80, all for a donation toward the camera fund. Justin already had 2/3rds of the money, this will just take him to the end of the road and allow him to continue creating these inspired photos.
I know exactly where Steps to the Jewel Box is going once I have it framed and matted… over my desk, where it will continue to serve as inspiration for me. So I’m pimping Justin out a little. Visit his blog. Visit his photo site. If you see something there that you like, donate $10 to his camera replacement fund and he will send you a print of the photo of your choice. Then you, like me, will be able to hang your inspiration over your desk.
More news and info coming soon about lots of things so stay tuned, and more importantly, stay inspired!