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Musings for inspiration

Hello everyone,

Today I went on a mobility lesson to the library here in Athens, GA. I had a very interesting meeting with a lady in the administration office, where I needed to learn about book signings. The people I need to talk to weren’t there at the time of the lesson, but I gave her my contact information, so the right people would get in touch with me. I also learned how to get to the study rooms, where I could go and write when I need to. I am not exactly sure what I am inspired to write today, but I know my inspiration is all over the place today. Please forgive me for going in forty-eleven different directions while writing this post.

The Weather

On this beautiful spring day, the weather was a bit cook, when I went out, yet sunny. As the day wears on, the temperature rises and makes me feel energetic. However, the pollen is rampant, and it messes with my allergies. However, that didn’t stop me from going out on a mobility lesson today.

Let me answer the second part of the writing prompt I found about the weather. Let’s say I have built a world of my own in my novel. I am in the land of Snow angel. Although I don’t like walking in snow, this world is built and it survives because of its snow. However, the weather in this world is all wrong. The citizens see sunshine, instead of snow. The world is white, but too warm for the people to survive. Here’s a writing prompt for you my fellow writers: take your own world, where the weather needs to be a certain way in order for your characters to survive. Change the weather and write what happens when it is changed. Do the people leave the fictional world, or do they become extinct? Take some time to play around with this idea, and feel free to share your creative thoughts in the comments below. Why not shape it into a story or essay for your own blog? If you use this prompt for a blog post, please feel free to link back to this post as a source for your inspiration.

Getting Inspired by Household Tasks

When I was living with my mother, I would wash the dished after a meal, and begin to sing a song that I made up off the top of my head. These little songs have lead to story ideas, that I either wrote down on notepad, or started as a Word document. I always write down these ideas, because there are times when they can be useful in my current projects or in projects that I am planning to work on in the future.

An Inspirational Shower

This also happens in the shower, I will sing a song, or “kick around” an idea that hit me at an odd moment earlier on the day in question. sometimes a story, blog post, or part of a novel comes out of that inspirational shower. For example, I ended up getting the inspiration for part of A Journey of Faith, from time spent in a cool summer shower.

Walking in a Dark Warehouse

One of the writing prompts I saw was to imagine yourself walking through a dark abandoned warehouse. When I let my mind wander into this type of building, there are several things I notice. First of all, the building echoes, due to the high ceilings. The warehouse is opened, with a wall far off to my right, and another far off to my left. It looks like a large open rectangle. The floor is made of either concrete, or some other strange substance. I step inside the building, and the floor seems to bounce under my feet. I am very nervous, walking through there. There are some strange noises in that building. I run through the warehouse, so I don’t have to deal with the weird creatures hiding in there. Write a story set in this old abandoned warehouse. The image you see is yours, but something significant has to happen in this warehouse, for the story to move forward. What happens, and how do the characters solve the problem(s) in your story. Personally, I might write a story like this later on myself.

Staying Silent when You Want to Shout

Let me talk to you about silence. Sometimes it’s hard for me to stay silent, even when the rest of the house is quiet as a mouse. I mean, I have thousands of thoughts going in circles in my head, and I feel I have to verbalize these thoughts, or they will drive me crazy. This only happens when I’m at home, because I don’t want to embarrass myself out in public. However, there are times when I need to stay silent, I let the thoughts run through my mind, and try to hold onto the ones I want to keep and let go of those that are unnecessary. For instance, one night, while going to church, I saw one of my stories playing out, from the truck, to the church, and even throughout part of the service. I had to stay silent, while these ideas ran through my head in total silence. Although I love going to church at night, sometimes I wish I could take a pen and a notebook with me for ideas like this, so I don’t lose them.  This is one of those times that I want to talk through my ideas, when I can’t. If that ever happens to you, here’s something you might want to try: I heard this idea in an audio book, read on the Georgia Radio Reading service for the blind and print handicapped. In this book, the author talked about playing a game with her kids. She suggested that her children perform a silent scream. Let me tell you what I mean. Get into your screaming stance, with your feet apart and your fists in the air, open your mouth, but don’t actually scream. Instead, emit a silent scream. You may even want to bounce on the balls of your feet, when you get really excited or angry, but you can’t make a sound. Does this silent scream make you feel better, or does it make the emotion you can’t show even worse?

Conversations You Hear in your Daily Life

We all overhear conversations from time to time that inspire a piece of dialogue, or a scene in a novel or story. However, have you ever sat down, closed your eyes, and listened to your inner thoughts? What conversations come from these silent musings? My friend Zaire was playing his singing bowl the other night, and As I sat listening to the soothing vibrations of the bowl, I heard the following words in my head: “John loves it, but his wife can’t stand it.” I don’t know what that means, or where I need to use this quote, but I do know that it was a thought from out of the blue, as an image dropped away from the inner recesses of my mind. What words or phrases have you heard while in your own silent musings? How did they inspire your writing? Where did you use these bits of dialogue that pop up out of nowhere? Personally, for me, my characters have spoken to me in that way before. I have sat in my chair or on the bed, listening to an audio magazine, while zoning out. One night, I was almost asleep, when Becca Martin began talking to me from out of nowhere. Do your characters talk to you in this way? If so, in which direction did they take your novel or story?


Thank you for allowing me to take this post in different directions. I found several writing prompts, and there were quite a few that actually struck my creative muse. I’ll have to think further on that warehouse prompt, though and possibly come up with a story for this prompt. Has any of these musings been an inspiration to you? You don’t have to go into every little detail, but if so, tell me how I have inspired you, and if you have a blog post that you have written based on these musings, please share the link to this post with your followers.

Until next time, happy writing, and may the muse keep you writing for hours, even if it speaks to you in the middle of the night.

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Reflections On a Circle

Please note, the following post is based purely on my own theories, not actual research. However, if someone wishes to investigate these theories further, feel free to do so and leave your findings in the comments below.

Hello everyone,

Today, I am writing to discuss my reflections on something as simple as a circle. Let me explain how this train of thought got started.

My husband and I have a friend visiting us this week, and our friend Zaire and I were playing the singing bowls I have here at my apartment. As we played, my mind began to wonder. I put mine away, and he continued to play the smaller of the two bowls, which plays a high A note or pitch as music theorists would call it. As he played, the tone spun slowly around me, and made me think upon the following topics.

The Doughnut as a Wheel

Consider a ring toss game. As you view this ring toss set, picture one of the rings as a doughnut, covered with your favorite frosting. Place the doughnut on the ring toss spindle and spin it clockwise, as fast as you can. A tornado made of frosting swirls around you as the centrifugal force draws it away from the spinning pastry. As the doughnut stops spinning, the frosting settles in the air around you. Now spin it counterclockwise and watch what happens. Does the centrifugal force draw the frosting back onto the doughnut?

Before you answer this question, keep in mind that this is not based on reality, this is just a creative theory I came up with after playing my singing bowl, so use the imagination of your inner child and play along with this theory. Leave your creative answers in the comments below. I will reply with the answers to these hypothetical questions in response to your comments, or in a corresponding blog post.

CD’s are Digital Records

Before I explain this theory, let me share with you my memories of the vinyl records, and flexible disks sent to me by the National library service for the blind and physically handicapped. When I was a child, I would spend hours listening to audio books on hard disk, or smaller vinyl records. These records were played at 8 RPMs, instead of 33 and 1/3 RPMs. As I listened to these books, I would gently touch the needle on the record player, and feel it rise up and down as the record spun and played through the player’s speaker. Once I had turned the record player off, I would spin the turntable, to feel the effect. Since that time, when I would listen to flexible disks, I would picture any kind of circles, such as potato chips, crackers, and other types of disks as records and my finger would “walk” across the disk in record fashion. As a matter of fact, I still love to hear the sound of music recorded on vinyl records.

Now for my theory that is described by the title above. Take a look at the record and the CD side by side in this photo. Are they similar in size? Would the record fit on the CD player’s spindle? Would the laser on the CD player be symbolic of the record player’s needle? Yes, these two forms of media are different as night and day, but they are similar in some ways, except for two facts: First of all, the laser reads the underside of the CD, whereas the arm of the record player rests on top of the record, and records are played on both sides versus CD’s, which are played only on one side of the disk. Second of all, the CD spins around the laser, which allows it to be read the data properly, whereas the needle has to walk across the record’s grooves as it spins to create the sound.

As we all know, each form of media spins clockwise.

Here’s a hypothetical question for you, what would happen if either a record or a CD spun counter clockwise? Would the music play backwards, or would the CD player’s laser go haywire, while trying to read the data on the the CD as it spun “the wrong way”? Would the needle of the record player move backwards across the record’s groves, or would it brake, while trying to play the record as it spins in the opposite direction from which it was designed? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

The Spinning Plate

Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture for this, but I do have one of these objects in the apartment where I live. Picture a dinner plate, with the underside shaped like a dome. Place the plate right side up on your countertop or our dining table. Tap the plate and see how it higgles. Does your dome shaped plate make an interesting sound? Give it a gentle spin, the direction you spin it is totally up to you. Does it simply turn, or does it spin like a record? Have you seen other objects that spin like this? What would happen if you placed the doughnut, from the first example, on this plate? Would the frosting spin off the doughnut and form a tornado, or would the doughnut stick to the plate and spin in sync with it? Please share your answers to these creative and thought-provoking questions.

In Closing

Here’s one final thought for you to ponder, dear readers: A circle has no end, but it continues into infinity. With this thought in mind, take some time to spin your own creative tale around the ring of your never-ending ideas. Write a story, poem, or essay that is based off the ideas that unfold before and unwrap themselves from the circle of your thought process.

Until next time, may God richly bless you. Happy reading, writing, and may you find your creative muse.

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Changes are Coming to WordPress

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That was 2009… Now it’s 2018 it doesn’t work anymore.

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