Inspiration in random places? Yes, please!
Before I hand the floor completely over to Morty and Terrence, I want to share something nifty about writing inspiration, and how random the places a writer can draw from to obtain an idea.
I'm sure you've all heard about Scattergories, right? You know that huge die that it comes with, with all the letters etched into its many sides? I found one this morning while out walking Emily. Not sure it's from the Scattergories game, but it's got letters etched into it, and a few spaces that have the word “wild” etched in. I brought it home and scrubbed it up with some soap and hot water. It's now going to be used for names or something. Not sure what all I'm going to use it for, yet, but I'm sure it'll come to me. I've got it sitting with my Rory's Story Cubes dice, all four sets. Three sets I purchased on Amazon, the one in the drawstring bag I purchased at my husband's job in their toy section. He's the one that brought it to my attention that they carried them.
This is the die I found this morning in the grass. My dog was technically the one who'd found it. ;) She was sniffing around, and she found it. I looked down to see what had her attention so intently, and upon closer inspection, though it was filthy, it was still quite usable. I shoved it in my pocket, thanked her (and the person who'd dropped it there), and after our walk, I brought it to the kitchen sink for a good scrub down. It's now on my shelf on my desk.
To give you an idea the size of this thing, I put a ballpoint pen up next to it for scale. Pretty hefty little die, too!
My collection is slowly growin'! The Rory's Story Cubes I mentioned early on in this post, and the die I found this morning. I put my mouse up next to everything for scale. Each Rory's Story Cubes set comes with a total of nine dice. other sets out there that I'd love to get my hands on, but that'll happen later. Either later this year, or early next year. We'll see.
Rory's Story Cubes - Family - the dice are black and white and came with this little drawstring bag and the pamphlet is the instructions on how to use them.
I discovered Rory's Story Cubes last year, when I as looking for inspiration. The sets are pretty inexpensive, individually, I think I paid something like $25 for the whole set on Amazon, and the ones in the drawstring bag, I think I paid $8 for those at the store.