The hole in my brain where ideas are born

I have heard that writers get their inspiration from anywhere and everywhere. I know that is true for me.

Whether a written or a graphic novel, each of my projects are pulled by snippet of something that catches my attention. It might be a folktale, a Dear Abby column, an interesting tweet, or a story in the news.

Once I am inspired, the idea fills a tiny spot in my brain until I figure out what to do with it. Fortunately, I love to dig into subjects that have nothing to do with my own rather mundane life.

When I wrote my graphic novel series, Faminelands, I had read a newspaper story about young female gang members. The thing that stuck out for me was that girls will do anything for both romantic and/or familial love. So I wrote a fantasy story about a young elf mercenary. The path from one to another only makes sense in my head.

When I began writing Other Systems, there has been much talk about privatized space missions including a one-way trip to Mars. While I am at the age and point in my life that I know I will never go into space, I love the NASA Cassini tweets and am interested in the Kepler mission. Then I began wondering what G type stars were within 100 light years from Earth and how many had planets orbiting them. My research spiraled out from there.

Where do other people get their ideas?

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