Inspirations from an Abandoned World


abandoned house in the woods
Abandoned house in the woods – from Abandoned World Facebook

I find inspirations in different places, in fact I got an idea for a new story just by seeing an advertisement for another book – and my story didn’t even relate to the title, or the topic of the book, but a single word triggered an idea and I was scribbling away notes in my little notebook for later.

Quite often I see memes on Facebook that talk about writers finding inspiration all over the place. And I believe that is true with every distracted look I give my friends in café’s; every half heard conversation I pass in the street and every time I watch a movie thinking “I would have done that differently, which means a whole different story, but…could I write that?”

I have recently started following some different groups and pages on Facebook (I’m trying to be more social) and one such following is the Abandoned World Magazine. They post amazing photos of all sorts of abandoned human creations, from castles, churches, buildings, villages, to amusement parks.

I find each photo inspires something:

  • An idea of a story
  • What it could have been before
  • What it could be in my current writing
  • Who would live there
  • Who could have lived there
  • Why it was abandoned

I find each image fascinating. But I’m sure there are images out there just as beautiful or inspiring. Street scapes and architecture could be what you need depending on what you write. Images from space and speculative art – like Deviant Art.

Where do you find inspiration?

Or where could you look if you lost it?

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Everyone is celebrating something different…for me it is Christmas.

I have continued to struggle to put a little Christ into the celebration each year without much success.

We have a nativity scene and we discuss the story of Christmas but my mother is recently atheist – turned to atheism, or is it turned away from Christianity or simply no longer believes – whichever way you say it, it makes for interesting dinner conversation over the turkey.

We have reduced the stress of Christmas by simplifying gifts (this year we have a total practicality theme – although I’m sure some of the kids gifts fall a little outside of this), simple food and relaxed fun. It makes the day far more enjoyable.

Over the Christmas period I am taking a little time away from blogging – I’m still writing but focusing on drafting and editing. It is only a couple of weeks and I’ll be back on Monday, January 5.

Wishing you the very best for whatever you are celebrating and a safe holiday…see you in the New Year.

When Christmas lunch gets too much remember that the crazy aunt you had to sit next to could help you create a fantastic character for your next work…


And my gift to you for the holiday season – Stuffed Frogs and Spinning Teacups is free this week.