Glow of Inspiration
After a productive September and completing a mystery story in October, I fell into a creative slump and writing took a temporary backseat to my developing a teaching programme for Business English. Hence my absence from my blog – basically, I couldn’t think of anything interesting to say. Sad but true.
However, I ventured into our garden yesterday evening and was greeted by the most beautiful November sunset which seemed to cast an eerie red hue across the lawn. As I soaked up the lush colours, I looked over to our neighbour’s house and a spark of inspiration ignited. My poor neighbour had recently been broken into, her jewellery stolen. Apparently, the pre-Christmas splurge of burglaries is taking place within our small community. A concerning reality but a really exciting writing opportunity.
- Who is targeting our close-nit community?
- How does the culprit know that the house will be empty during those particular couple of hours when the family is out for a special dinner?
- Why only jewellery and nothing else? (Incidentally, I have backed up all of my writing projects everywhere I could think of, just in case we are one of the unfortunate victims and my laptop is swiped)
- Is the perpetrator a local? Probably, due to specific knowledge seemingly being used.
- How does the thieving scoundrel know when we are out? Scouting the area? In cohorts with the local restaurants who inform them upon our arrival?
Needless to say, the community is on high alert and we are rallying together. I do love living in a village where everyone knows everyone (except for the identification of the pesky thief). It reminds me of something out of a Debbie Macomber novel. Lush!
I hope you are all finding inspiration during these dark winter months. Do share how you stay motivated during those ‘slumpy’ times.