Images

I love how inspiration strikes when I’m not particularly looking for it. I was ambling through my emails yesterday and came across a link in one of the newsletters I subscribe to called ‘Earthfuture’.  It’s a fabulous resource and what’s on primarily targeted at Vancouver Islandistas

*waves to London Mabel*.

The link was to Ariana Shar’s Facebook ‘wall’ of pictures. (click on any of the images and scroll through – you don’t have to have an account or anything) I’m a sucker for starscapes  and fantasy imagery, so I swiftly disappeared into the images, only to be recalled to this reality by the Widdercat chewing on my ear ‘cos she was hungry. With almost every image I could feel my brain ticking over; constructing scenes and dialogue and characters and … and … backstory … and … everything. I was in writerly bliss.

One of them also gave me a final image to connect the dots in the overall story arc for my serial. The first draft of episode 1 is now done, complete with the obligatory cliffhanger. I’m about to go back through it and insert a whole bunch of hints, clues, allusions and red herrings that I’ll run with in future episodes – or not! (messing with your mind)

Mrs Widdershins suggested I take a gander at ‘Twin Peaks’  just for the cliffhanger endings.

I remember all the brouhaha when it hit the TV airwaves in 1990 and thought the premise sounded very silly, but just as I did recently with my Quentin Tarentino movie-fest  I reckon enough time has passed for me to be able to separate the show from the fuss.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

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“ I’m always astonished by a forest. It makes me realise that the fantasy of nature is much larger than my own fantasy. I still have things to learn” Günter Grass, German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, sculptor.

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12 comments on “Images

  1. jannatwrites says:

    I’ve never watched Twin Peaks, so I have no idea how it will inspire your cliffhanger endings. I’m looking forward to reading your story to find out for myself 🙂

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    • Widdershins says:

      I just watched the pilot episode … very 90’s noir, with a touch of ‘Peyton Place’ thrown in for good measure. Kyle MacLachlan is so young!

      I’m not sure how inspiring it will be for my story though … but I’ll persevere! 😀

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  2. Erin says:

    I loved Twin Peaks — until the show got canceled and they wrapped it up with a highly unsatisfying series finale.

    Love images to spur my imagination! Thanks for the link. Good luck with all your plot seeding!

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    • Widdershins says:

      I hate it when a series gets cancelled mid-story arc too … The writers have to tie all the ends up (if they get the opportunity, that is) and no-one is pleased.

      Glad you liked the link. 😀

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  3. Nisha says:

    It’s amazing what a simple picture can do to spark that creativity within. I had a similar experience when I was looking at an old Facebook profile pic of mine. It was of an angel, but for the first time after having the image for years, I noticed its pointy ears. I then got the inspiration to write a fantasy short about an elf warrior! LOL. 🙂

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  4. londonmabel says:

    Ilandista! I like it.

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  5. I have to admit, I don’t often find inspiration in images. My inspiration tends to be more in ideas and words, and then I have to go looking for the images afterwards.

    Good luck on your series!

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  6. Ahhh, Twin Peaks…. The owls are not what they seem!

    Inspiration comes in the most unlikely forms. A chance encounter, a turn of phrase – and suddenly the dots are connected, dots you didn’t even know existed. And a picture is worth a thousand words, some pictures at least.

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    • Widdershins says:

      The first season was definitely worth watching, but I have to admit season 2 was a bit slow. When I read a synopsis of how it all turned out, I decided I didn’t really need to go there … what a blast it was though to see Lara Flynn Boyle in shoulder-pads and ‘Annie Hall’ layers!

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