Tuesday, May 7, 2013

What Inspires Me (This Second)

Inspiration is fluid. Different things grab you at different times and lead to different projects. While some key ideas might inspire a person over the course of their whole career (personally I continue to find shirtless Will Smith just as inspiring as I did the first time I saw I, Robot), I think more often than not we bounce around to different themes. Which makes us all look like liars when we get asked multiple times what our inspiration is.

So in no particular order and for no particular reason, here's a list of the things inspiring me right now:

1. War memoirs

The heroine of the novel I'm revising (it's gonna be out soooon...) is a bodyguard. She's very good at her job, which may not mean exactly what you think it means, but you'll see soon enough. ;) Reading the memoirs of defense professionals helped me get into a good headspace to write her.

2. Rain

April showers bring May flowers. May showers bring bugger all in June? I don't know but anyway, it's raining here a lot. And personally, I'm thrilled. Rain is my favorite.

3. Roman poetry

Of the ancient sort. Ovid, Catullus, Propertius... Tibullus can get stuffed, I do not like Tibullus. Tibullus is the dreaded Nice Guy of old Roman dudes. Basically he just whines about how girls (or boys) don't do what he wants and how to trick them into doing stuff with you. Ew.

But aside from the broskis of the Ancient Roman world, I think it's amazing when you read something written  over 2000 years ago and it echoes something you yourself have felt. I leave you with my favorite Propertius quote: "My only pride is that I have pleased a learned girl."


  1. The only thing rain inspires me to do is work from home and neglect personal hygiene, although I guess the latter is inspired by many things.