Thursday Thirteen: Inspiration


It’s been a week where it seems that everything has inspired me one way or another. Here are thirteen things that got my brain churning.

1. Taboule. I have cravings for taboule, and it follows that a certain fresh-food-loving character I write about would, too.

2. Mandatory Metallica on XM radio. You long-time readers know about me and my Metallica affliction, especially when the band takes over satellite radio for a month at a time. But it was this line in particular that got me — “Metallica got thrown off our tour bus” — that is so rich with possibilities.

3. Harriet Klausner. Yep, the mega-reviewer over at Amazon. Rife with controversy, this woman who has registered almost 19,000 books at BookCrossing intrigues me.

4. Thanks to Bunnygirl, I learned of this awesome real estate blog called It’s Lovely, I’ll Take It. Most of the pictures make me glad I’ve got this house in this neighborhood, but this picture in particular spoke to me.

5. The rust on the trunk of the car in front of me yesterday.

6. How about this prompt at Easystreet Prompts? Change that street into the scene of a multi-day concert and those people into rockers who have never seen this sort of devastation first-hand before…

7. A dad at Opening Act’s dance studio who walks with a cane. More about that later…

8. Watching YouTube videos of bands I like and seeing their road cases by the side of the stage.

9. A book review that mentions a plot point where the main character falls in love with her professor.

10. Grapes.

11. Pumping gas.

12. A particular pair of blue eyes. And before you try to follow my thoughts, Trevor’s eyes are brown and Mitchell’s are hazel.

13. Bands on tour walking past each other backstage or in hotels, who never get a chance to say anything more than, “Hi, how are you?” to each other.

Look at some of that list, will you? Especially those of you who think you’re not creative. You ARE; it just takes practice. Let life inspire you, and be sure to seek inspiration from others who are Thirteening this week.



  1. Lori

    March 25, 2009 10:42 pm

    What is Taboule? Yep, we women have tons on our minds at any given time. God bless us all! Happy TT:)

    Lori’s last blog post..TT #90

  2. jenn

    March 25, 2009 10:47 pm

    Inspired by grapes? That’s interesting.
    Happy tt!

    jenn’s last blog post..Thursday Thirteen ~ Nine

  3. Angeleque Ford

    March 25, 2009 10:57 pm

    Interesting Thursday 13. I don’t think I’ve ever been inspired while/by pumping gas. Though I have been inspired while washing dishes and doing laundry.

    Angeleque Ford’s last blog post..Thursday Thirteen – Movie Edition

  4. Adelle Laudan

    March 25, 2009 11:13 pm

    Isn’t it amazing the things that inspire us lol Like grapes…I totally get that! Not sure if that’s a good, or bad thing *wink
    Happy T13!

    Adelle Laudan’s last blog post..

  5. Thomma Lyn

    March 25, 2009 11:16 pm

    A great list of inspirations! If I were making such a list, it would include green fungus and developing tadpoles. 😉

    Thomma Lyn’s last blog post..Spring Has Sprung!

  6. Nicholas

    March 26, 2009 3:41 am

    I don’t know what Tavboule is, but if you crave it I hope you find some!

  7. Hootin' Anni

    March 26, 2009 6:13 am

    I’m curious as to what the rust on the car ahead of you did to your brain to make it churn.

    Mine are posted now…hope to see you there sometime if you can find a bit of your day to stop by! happy Thursday.

  8. Shelley Munro

    March 26, 2009 6:50 am

    Susan, you are definitely a writer. Inspiration is everywhere. Funny, a pair of blue eyes inspires me, too. Happy TT.

    Shelley Munro’s last blog post..March 2009

  9. Bobkat

    March 26, 2009 9:07 am

    What a mixed bag! Just goes to show inspiration is everywhere! 🙂

    Sorry I’ve not been around much lately. I do a lot of blogging from work and I have been working through lunches. I am also incredibly tired and stressed at the moment. Roll on next week!

  10. Brenda

    March 26, 2009 9:30 am

    Thanks for the inspirations. Lots of good ideas.

  11. Alice Audrey

    March 26, 2009 10:54 am

    Metallica got thrown off the bus? Was someone messing with sticky hands or rubber balls? That sounded so different than when you said it a couple days ago. LOL!

    Alice Audrey’s last blog post..T-13: Things to Do With Your Fingers

  12. Carmen

    March 26, 2009 11:35 am

    Anything that inspires the brain is a good thing!

    Carmen’s last blog post..Thursday 13: Virginia Festival of the Book Report

  13. Rene

    March 26, 2009 12:44 pm

    Oh, thanks for the “it’s lovely” site, awesomely funny.

    Harriet Klausner fascinates me as well. I understand the pumping gas thing, it forces you to do nothing but stare at the people around you. Gives you idea.

    Rene’s last blog post..Losing its Luster?

  14. Celticlibrarian

    March 26, 2009 6:04 pm

    Okay. I’m just loving that you took inspiration from rust on a trunk. That is just random and cool.

  15. Nancy

    March 26, 2009 7:15 pm

    19,000?!?! Who has time to do that?? I am intrigued as well.

    Last week Motley Crue was in town. Only mentioned because they all stay at the hotel down the street and the Civic Center is on the other street with all their buses and I used to see so many bands back in the day The Crue made for many discussion on the 80’s BIG hair we had.—and all of this is because of #6.
    (not at much fun — New Kids on the Block were in town this week. Things that make you go hmmmm….)

    Nancy’s last blog post..Thursday 13 ~ 2

  16. Janet

    March 26, 2009 9:24 pm

    My Dad used to walk with a cane…it was made at the bat factory and in fact, was a bat, but with a cane handle! Boy, did he get lots of comments on it!

  17. Thorne

    March 27, 2009 1:25 am

    Excellent list of inspirations. If you ever get out here to my desert I’ll make you a taboule you’ll never forget!

    Thorne’s last blog post..Thursday Thirteen (#??) Gay Ally Graphics

  18. Ann

    March 27, 2009 3:38 pm

    Great list. I love tabouleh, in pita with some lettuce and tomato and a slice of cheese with a dash of salad dressing. Yum.

    Ann’s last blog post..I’m a Hero?

  19. Carmi

    March 27, 2009 4:59 pm

    You have the most incredible imagination. It’s hard to drop in – after admittedly way too many months – and not be inspired to sharpen my own noodle, too.

    Carmi’s last blog post..No welcome mat

  20. aneerietapestry

    March 29, 2009 5:38 am

    Amazed at the range of stuff that inspires you. That “It’s Lovely! I’ll Take It!” site is great.

    aneerietapestry’s last blog post..Sunday Stealing: The Ginormous Meme

  21. Karen | Ideas for Writers and Bloggers

    April 1, 2009 8:54 pm

    I’ve found your blog via Entrecard.

    This post proves what I always say to my fellow writers: you can find writing inspiration in practically everything. 🙂

    Karen | Ideas for Writers and Bloggers’s last blog post..Journaling Prompts – What Your Journal Writing Style Reveals

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