10/04/2013

INSPIRATION, IDEAS & ICE-CREAMS


  INSPIRATION – A few years ago I wrote a short story about two people in their sixties. My characters meet at a fairground, and are mature enough to see past the differences in their backgrounds to fall in love.
Then I began to wonder about the man’s former life, as you do, and started writing Helter-Skelter. The trouble is, I went back to his boyhood, and taking him all the way to sixty would have made the book too long, so after this novel there’s a sequel!

IDEAS It’s odd what triggers a story. The first novel I wrote was inspired by the strange and wonderful rock formations on Tenerife, and the variety of rock colours.



A small book I wrote for my grandsons grew out of a drawing I did of their garden. Yet there are others that pop out of the ether seemingly at random, leaving me to wonder, “Where did that idea come from?”



ITALIAN ICE-CREAMS - I borrowed two children today so their parents could have a quiet couple of hours and I could be Nanny Liz for a while. We walked along the beach and had Italian ices. Mine was yogurt and mango, the six-year-old chose vanilla, and the three-year-old had – yes, you’ve guessed it - chocolate. They wanted to sit on the sea wall and the sun melted the ices quicker than they could eat. Quite a lot of the chocolate ended up on the wall.
When we went to throw a fist-full of wet wipes in the bin an elderly woman smiled indulgently; “The little one enjoyed her chocolate, didn’t she?” We had made her day!


13 comments:

  1. Oh, goodness, that made me shiver looking at all that sun and those bare arms! I want summer!

    Love the drawing, Liz.

    I also want an ice-cream now...

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  2. Of course, 3 yr olds want chocolate ice cream!! It makes a statement all over them.

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  3. They had a lovely day; the chocolate marks have disappeared and they have just finished eating fillet steak and salad :-) Big thanks xxxx

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  4. Love the little ones!
    I wish I had more inspiration and ideas...
    Laura @ The Sweet Simple Things

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  5. Oh to be that carefree again! What darlings. ~~Emmly Jane

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  6. Ideas are easy enough but sometime getting the inspiration does not come that easy.

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  7. It's strange where we get our inspirations from. And cute story haha, this makes me jealous because I just want it to be summer! x

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  8. Sweet picture of the girls by the water!! :)I'm a new follower from the A to Z Challenge. Nice to meet you! :)

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  9. It's surprising where inspiration comes from sometimes. I love that such an interesting rock inspired you. Another A to Z'er I visited also wrote on inspiration as did I. Great 'i' word. Of course, we couldn't have had more different takes.
    Now I have to go have some chocolate ice cream.
    Jagoda from http://www.conflicttango.com

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  10. You should have brought them here. The ice cream wouldn't have melted at all in the UK! I love Italian ice cream!!

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  11. What a lovely combination of "I" words (especially the ice cream part).

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  12. I made up a character for my F post and I can't forget her now, a very old woman... I might start writing about her childhood now - thanks for the inspiration :). I love that a rock inspired you and your fabulous drawing too

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