As I continue not to write, inspiration keeps sneaking up on me. I have a lot of time to think during my morning commute–ten minutes of which is on the highway. I turn on the cruise control, focus on the car in front of me, and let my mind wander.
Just as I return to surface streets there’s a billboard for the local hospital with an LED ticker that lists the names and weights of newborn babies. The first couple times I thought it was sweet, then I realized something strange–my characters’ names keep popping up on the screen.
Only one has been a character in my current novel–the rest are people from my shiny YA idea. Or really, people I plan to PUT in my shiny YA idea. I need teenager names, and while children born in 2010 (gah, I still can’t believe it’s 2010!) may have slightly different names than those born in 1995 (omg, how depressing is it that my characters were born when I was in college?) they’re closer than people my age. And I really need to stop trolling my niece’s facebook page for ideas. 😉
So, this billboard provides inspiration every morning. On the way home? A dead squirrel waved its tail at me. Make of THAT what you will.