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.

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  1. That is an amazing sunset.
    Bummer about the thief. Hope they catch him. Smart of you to back up your files.

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  2. I think that will be the last sunset for a while Alex. The forecast over the weekend is snow and the skies are grey. Thank you for popping over to comment. Have a lovely weekend and thank you for your ongoing support. I really appreciate it.

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  3. Love twilight.

    No one seems interested in breaking into my house. My Rottweiler's bark I think. Or maybe my hyper Pit Bull. Couldn't be my sweet Labrador.

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    1. That'll do it everytime, Mac. I grew up with dogs (parents and siblings too, I might add) but we don't have pets now. The neighbours seem to be cat lovers and they're just useless at scaring away anything. Have a great weekend!

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  4. Hi Nic,
    Gorgeous picture - so sorry about the pesky thief but I love that it got your creative juices flowing again. I'd be taking that laptop with me wherever I go. Stay safe.

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    1. Thank you Karen. Have a lovely weekend!!

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  5. Next time you go out and leave the house, leave it protected. Imagine something or someone guarding it - a dragon with fiery breath perhaps, or a soldier. Personally, John Wayne has never let me down. I leave him lying on the roof with his trusty rifle. Oh, and always say thank you to your guardian when you return.

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    1. What a great idea, Lynne. I think I'd like the Hulk to be my guardian angel :) And upon my return I'll make him a nice mug of hot chocolate as thanks and to turn him back to David Banner :) Have a lovely week.

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  6. How awful to have a burglar lurking about. Hope they catch him (or her) very soon. x

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  7. Your poor neighbours. It's horrible when something like this happens. Many years ago, I was burgled in our old house and it's just horrible. Hope the thief is caught soon,,, then you can name and shame him in your story(shame that's not allowed).

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    1. It must be awful to be burgled and have one's private possessions tampered with. YUK! Sends a shiver down my spine. I have been mugged so I can imagine the upset. Wishing you a lovely week, Wendy.

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  8. What a beautiful picture, Nicola - such gorgeous colours. But what awful news about the local thief. However, it's fantastic that this got you thinking and sent your imagination full steam ahead! And also good that your work is backed up well.
    I like the dark winter months more than the summer because I don't need to punish myself with guilt about staying in all day! Mind you, it's beginning to feel very cold in the early mornings when I start writing and today I was wrapped in a big blanket which kept flapping about on the keyboard. I must find my fingerless gloves for tomorrow. Wishing you all the best with your writing. I'm sure it will soon take off again very soon. xxx

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    1. It snowed here yesterday afternoon, Joanna. Brrrr. But it does look pretty outside. I love fingerless gloves. A great invention! I have a pair with a flappy mitten part attached for when I go outside :) Wishing you a happy and productive week, Joanna and again I'd like to say congratulations on winning the London Short Story Prize. Fantastic news!! Thrilled to pieces for you.

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  9. Lovely photo, Nicola. I'm glad you were able to find something so positive from such a horrible incident - hope you write up that story idea!

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    1. Thank you, Rosemary. I hope all is well in Bonny Scotland. Wishing you a wonderful week.

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  10. Lovely picture.

    It's a writer thing isn't it that when we hear about things like this, although sympathetic for the victim and possibly worried for ourselves we're slightly distracted by wondering how we can use it in a story.

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    1. I'm glad you said 'slightly distracted'. That's a lovely way of putting it :) Hope all is going well with FIRESTARTER Patsy. Wishing you a great week.

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  11. Beautiful picture! We've had some lovely sunsets here too. It is a bit scary to know there's a thief lurking about. Hopefully that person will be caught.

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    1. Thank you, Christine. I hope so too. Have a great week!

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  12. Beautiful sunset! I hope they catch the burglar. That's pretty scary to think how they know what they know. Of course, if people post things about being away or checking in on social media, it could be really easy for a burglar to know when someone isn't home.

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    1. That is so true, Cherie. People really need to be careful about announcing to the world that they are off on holiday. Thank you for popping by to comment. Have a lovely week.

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  13. Oh wow! Not sure how I would feel about someone prowling my neighborhood. I hope they catch him soon! Stay safe. I sure know about not having interesting to write on my blog, I think I'm there. Might take a short break until after the holidays unless, of course, something interesting happens!

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    1. I always enjoy reading your blog posts, Terri. You are such an inspiration. Have a wonderful Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for popping by. It's always a pleasure to have you.

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  14. Hi Nicola, stay safe and its always good to back up your writing projects. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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    1. Thank you for popping over Rachna. Lovely to 'meet' you. Have a lovely December!

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  15. So sorry about the burglaries. I live in a high crime area and it is an awful feeling, always living in fear. I hope they find the thief, so the community can start to heal and forget about the awful events. Sounds like you got a lot of writing done in the past months. So, it's okay if you want to take things easy:) At the moment I lack motivation to write, but hopefully things will change soon. Please stay safe and wishing you well.

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    1. Thank you so much for popping over to comment Murees and for your words of encouragement. I'm sure your motivation will return soon. You are a fantastic writer. Quality not quantity is my motto :) Have a wonderful holiday season and take good care. All the best.

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  16. A beautiful photograph, Nicola. We were the victim of a jewellery thief once when there was a spate of burglaries in our area. All he took was jewellery and when apprehended, apparently he had large pockets sewn into the insides of his coat where he carried the 'spoils'. We didn't get any items back but he 'confessed' to ours when serving time in prison. Hope they catch the thief in your village soon!

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    1. How terrible, Jan. I imagine the worse thing is when they take something of sentimental value, as well as the thought that a stranger has invaded one's personal space. Thank you for sharing your experience and I hope it never happens again. Have a lovely first advent Jan. All the best.

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  17. Great capture! I love red skies.
    My top tip for staying motivated is to surround yourself with positive people, and if they're writers even better!

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    1. Thank you, Maria. Sunrises and Sunsets are my favourite. I plan to buy myself a good camera when I start earning from my writing. Then I can capture even more beautiful pics. Have a wonderful rest of the week.

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  18. I'm sorry this is happening to your community. I hope the perps are caught soon. My writer's mind does wander about real goings-on.

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    1. Thank you, Medeia. Hope your WIP is going well. Wishing you a happy and productive December.

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  19. Lovely photo - we've had some gorgeous sunsets haven't we. I'm so sorry you have this worry about the thief stalking your neighbourhood. I hope they catch them soon xx

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    1. Thank you, Teresa. I'm so pleased Dusty is feeling a bit better. Have a lovely week.

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  20. Oh lovely photo, just my kind of subject. Inspires. We all love mysteries and what happened to your neighbour must have all the right neurons firing off for you...a new story perhaps? This past year I have been in close proximity and witness to some rum goings-on and no doubt they'll turn up in a story at some point. Amazing what sets off the old imagination. But all that aside, there is a human story too and not to be treated lightly. How horrible. Nothing is sacred. I hope the criminal is soon caught. Keep safe. :)

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    1. Thank you so much for popping by to comment, Jane. All is quiet in our small village since then and my neighbour is doing well after the initial shock and is looking forward to lots of festive cheer. Have a lovely week.

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  21. Beautiful sunset. Break ins are unnerving anytime, but I think doubly so in a small community. There's always the fear that you know the perp.

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    1. Thank you for popping by and commenting Sandra. Lovely to 'see' you. Knowing the perp is quite a frightening prospect. In movies and books that does happen but I'd never thought of it happening in reality. Have a great week.

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  22. Beautiful sunset! That happened when I lived in this tiny town where I didn't think there could possibly be crime. Someone told me it was the apartment community in the town--there was a bit of a meth situation there and the teenagers were breaking into houses to steal things. It can also sometimes be the teenage children of someone who actually lives in the neighborhood, if such a thing exists. Either way, look at the teenagers! Things like jewelry being stolen often point to someone trying to get money for drugs. (I'm no expert at ALL as a word of warning there, just what I've learned from watching true crime shows!)

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    1. Thank you for popping by to comment, Stephanie. We must remember that it is only the minority that seem to stigmatise certain groups - unfairly so. The majority of teenagers are exceptional human beings with promising futures ahead of them. Wishing you a lovely week and hope you enjoyed a great Thanksgiving.

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