From Ali Edwards:
So much of creativity is about how you see things; and more often than not how you allow yourself to be open to seeing things in new ways.
It's been my experience that many of us tend to pass by things in our surroundings with a nonchalant "this doesn't apply to me" thought as we rush on to the next thing on our list. We move too quickly to whatever is next: the next image, the next page, the next person, the next job, the next thought, without really looking or giving something the chance to inspire us.
Today I challenge you to take a closer look at something you initially pass by. Slow down. Do a double-take. Take a deep breath. Let yourself be inspired by something you would normally skip. This could be an image online or a conversation or a new person or something you read in the newspaper.
There are so many gems hidden in our world if we just slow down enough to experience them.
And from aspiring author Anna Claire Vollers:
Today's the birthday of my home state's most famous author, Harper Lee, born in 1926 in Monroeville. Nearly everyone here who loves literature thinks she's a goddess, maybe even more so because she's published just one book and avoids national attention like the plague.[Click to read more.]
So it's fitting I post pictures today of my muse house. See, I'm deep into plotting my next novel, a post-WWI Southern Gothic tale. My genius sister has been the best sounding board I could have asked for, offering advice as I work through characters and plot kinks. And, as a bonus, she's getting her master's degree in historic preservation in one of the most quintessentially Southern cities in the country, so she's a wealth of knowledge on Southern architecture and the way it influences culture.
This is a bonus because of the house.
It's me writing this book, so you knew there'd be a big, creepy, dilapidated house, right?
She sent me a link to an antebellum mansion in west Alabama called Rosemount Plantation. I looked at the photos and fell in love: