I do get my inspiration and ideas from everywhere; a person standing outside a restaurant, a space that catches my attention, a picture. Sometimes it’s hard to shut my mind down and not think. OK I know this makes me sound like I’m some super intelligent person but the truth is I just have a very active imagination.
Where does this get me? Well a couple of times almost in a loony bin, deep breathes of exasperation from my husband, a few “really mom” from my daughter, and more than one really hard look from people who think I’m staring because I’m rude. Yes I know it’s rude to stare but I consider it more studying than staring.
The thing is most writers do this whether they admit it or not. We watch people. We investigate places that draw our attention, and some of us carry a camera, don’t let that phone in my hand fool you.
When home I’m almost always glued to my laptop. It’s not that I’m always writing because I can get caught up research. Although I have learned to walk away and take some down time my mind doesn’t shut down often. That one is a little harder to do for me.
The thing that really helps me to deal with this crazy head of mine is this group of wonderful friends I have. Day or night I’m going to find at least one or two who like me have minds that work overtime and when needed they are there for me to bounce ideas off of, listen to me bitch, or when needed a shoulder to lean on. Don’t worry I return the same. I could go on about this group of people that really needs its own little spotlight but this merry little band of artist of all different types are all members of the group The Creative Evil Female Mind and Other Evil Geniuses. The greatest group of women and men you could ever ask to have in your life.
Back to the inspiration part of this. It doesn’t matter what you do; be it art, home life, work, or just doing the things you enjoy doing, Get inspired. Find what makes you happy and do it, as long as it doesn’t bring harm to another or break any laws. I know so many people who are searching for something and chase all the wrong things. Hey if you don’t like fishing then don’t fucking fish. I know someone who is actually going through that right now. You are never going to find what makes you happy as long as you follow someone else. Step up to the front and take the lead in your life.
Me I’ll continue to watch people, check out places, and take pictures. Once I take the picture then I head down another path to get from it what I can and see where it takes me.
Oh if you see a crazy looking old redhead running around with a phone in her hand it's probably me so don't be afraid to say hi.