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Today: I love fall. It's my favorite season, and by far my most creative. In part, the cooler weather makes it easier for me to get stuff done, but this weekend, we took full advantage of our first real "fall" weekend, and I realized: I also just come across a lot more inspiration in autumn.
Friday, we took the boys to the county fair. Youngest liked the animals; oldest wanted nothing but cotton candy and rides. We all rode the dragon roller coaster together (for $16! ridiculous!).
I like the quilt displays (surprise). I also like people watching. The local fair draws an interesting combination of farmers and ranchers, young teens and tweens excited to be "on their own" for the night, middle aged parents like us calming children at various stages of exhaustion and/or tantrum-- and of course the carnies, which is a culture all its own that I find fascinating. All of which, of course, goes in the "future characters" mental file.
Case in point - The group of teens standing around the Ferris wheel: One tall, attractive African American kid; one shorter, kind of geeky looking Latino kid, who was making everyone laugh; and one... white kid in not only a Confederate flag hat, but also matching shirt? How in the world...?? *creative wheels start turning*
Saturday, the male BFF was in town and took us to a football game. The "mighty mighty Razorbacks" (his words, not mine) played Tennessee Tech. Again, there was a fascinating cross-section of society for me to watch between plays, not to mention the weird psychology of people in huge groups, mass marketing techniques, and this hilarious rap song about Arkansas.
Best idea starter: The skinny teenage girl who walked by in a shirt that said "My sport is your sport's punishment," with "RUN LONGER" emblazoned across the back. I didn't have a pen and was afraid I'd forget, but Sunday morning, I woke up with a new character taking shape in my head-- and she's a runner.
The problem? I am not a runner. Ever. But it looks like I'll have to try, for research's sake. Thank goodness it's fall-- this SNI in July might have killed me.
What about you? Do seasons affect your inspiration? Where's the craziest place you've ever found yourself inspired? And most importantly, were you on the track team and if so, do you want to tell me about it? ;)