I is for Interlude and Inspiration



Ever had the feeling that the walls are closing in on you, when you’ve been penned up (pardon the pun) for days on end writing? Then it’s time for an interlude. Whenever I feel claustrophobic and need to break away from the routine of ‘bum sitting’, I often drive somewhere new and soak up the landscape – camera in hand. Either that or go in the garden and pull out weeds – that is great for numbing the brain  freeing the mind.

On Friday, I was rather brain fried and so logged off and went out. This is what greeted me. 



I quite often get inspired by the marvel of nature. It is so dramatic and evokes a lot of emotion.

What inspires you? Do you sometimes need an interlude to recharge?

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  1. The pics are gorgeous!
    I think most AtoZ'ers are heading into "brain fried mode".
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. I was standing in the same spot when I took those. The first being on my left and the second on my right. It was an awesome sight.

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  2. I also get inspiration from the great outdoors, from photographing things I see. Even sitting in front of my laptop visiting all these blogs requires a number of interludes!

    Open Minded Mormon A-Z

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    1. You are right, Duncan. Many an interlude has taken place since April 1st. Have a great day.

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    2. Beautiful photos! I, too, find inspiration while in the garden, even when weeding.
      Trisha Faye
      www.writerszenblog.wordpress.com

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    3. Thank you, Trisha. I love being in the garden but I must admit, if anything starts buzzing, I'm running for the hills :)

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  3. That's uncanny! I like to go for a walk too, when the brain gets anywhere close to being fried.

    Inspiration is really a function of judicious insertion of interludes :)

    Best always,
    Nilanjana
    Madly-in-Verse

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    1. I love that sentence, Nilanjana. I'm going to write that up on my whiteboard :)Thank you for popping by and sharing such wisdom.

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  4. Wow, that is quite a rainstorm! Great shots.
    After IWSG post day, I'm always offline for a bit due to overload.

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    1. I can understand that, Alex. It's no wonder you get overloaded, you visit so many blogs. I really don't know how you do it. Kudos!

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  5. Yup I need it to sometimes, even if it's just a change in my writing routine. Yesterday I just couldn't fact putting in another graft day of writing, so I took the day off and binge watched Once Upon a Time. :-)

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    1. I love to binge watch stuff! And I've learned to do that without feel guilty. It's good for the soul to just take a break.

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  6. What inspires me? Often leaving the house and getting out in the world...but I don't have time to do that because I'm too busy with my assignments!

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    1. uh-oh - the dreaded assignments. I remember those times well. Good luck with everything, Stephanie.

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  7. I probably need to hole up and write to a greater extent than I do. My favorite interludes are the trips my wife and I take. It feels good to get away from the usual and visit with friends and family.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. What fab interludes :) Family and friends are so important.

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  8. What awesome pictures! I love to go for drives too. I'm such a looky-loo, though, and it's a good thing my husband loves to drive and wander.

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    1. Thank you, Christine. It's lovely that you go on your adventures with your husband.

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  9. Just going out for a quick walk is so often exactly what I need to rejuvenate me. Love it when the weather is stormy with lots of clouds and energy in the air.

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    1. There was certainly a lot of energy in the sky on Friday's walk :)

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  10. beautiful pictures, as for inspiration there can't be any mathematical formula

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    1. It's a good job there is no mathematical formula. I'd be really rubbish :)

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  11. Without a doubt holidays inspire me. I think I've written a story about every one I've been on since starting writing four years ago.

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    1. Holidays; what's that? :) We both long for another proper holiday.

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  12. I'd say the weather was quite inspiring at your place! I agree, a change of pace is necessary to keep the creative juices flowing.

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    1. Thanks for popping over, Sherry.

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  13. What fabulous photos. Taking a walk is a wonderful interlude and I always find something to inspire me. I almost never remember to carry my camera or phone so I have to keep the pictures in my brain only.

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    1. Thank you, Deborah. My husband doesn't go anywhere without his phone - I'm sure it's attached to his body :) So, if we're together I don't have to worry about forgetting mine (which is often).

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  14. In theory my trips in the van include writing, but they often act as interludes away from it!

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    1. Sounds like a lot of fun, Patsy. Changes of scenery, new inspiration - Great!

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  15. Absolutely. I walk around my yard, or go into the woods. Sometimes I really need that.

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    1. Breathing in the fresh air and aromas of the forest is great. Thanks for popping by Melanie.

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  16. What fantastic pictures! I like to get outside too when my brain feels cobwebby - a walk in the fresh air works wonders and if it's near water, even better :-) xx

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    1. Thank you, Teresa. I love water too. There's a stream that runs the back of our village that has provided a couple of backdrops for short stories. I hope Dusty is doing okay.

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    2. Sounds lovely. Thank you for asking about Dusty, Nicola - so far so good :-) xx

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  17. When the weather is nice, I like to do just what you did. Lovely pictures.

    Susan Says

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    1. Thanks Susan. Being in Europe, we get used to doing things when the weather's not so nice too :)

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  18. How pretty! What a great time to take a break. I definitely would have been inspired by such sights.

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  19. I try to walk a few times every day. Even tho I don't always want to I know my dog does and it's probably good for me to air out. I think my favorite outings are to botanical gardens or museums, camera in hand.

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    1. Having a dog is a big motivator for walking :)

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  20. Living by the lake named Charles, I find peace and restoration by driving to it and watching the waves and sea gulls. -)

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    1. Sounds soothing, Roland. I do love to listen to water.

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  21. It was raining this afternoon while mostly sunny. Very cool and very inspiring.

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    1. That's great Stephen. Thanks for popping by.

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  22. I'm inspired when I go walking. Also, long drives find me facing beautiful and interesting sights like cloud formations and rainbows.

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  23. Lots of daydreaming. My imagination is a beautiful and strange place.

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  24. J here, of the #atozchallenge Arlee Bird's A to Z Ambassador Team. Thanks for stopping by Arlee's blog to comment on my Manhattan story.
    How was the first week of the challenge for you? Are you meeting your goals of posting and hopping to other blogs?
    My blog's giveaways are still going!
    http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com
    Really fantastic images. Thanks for sharing.
    I too run to the freedom of nature.

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    1. The challenge is going well. Thanks for stopping by.

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  25. Those clouds are gorgeous! I take a break and recharge by turning my brain as off as possible. Usually, TV.

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    1. Thanks Libby. TV works for me too :)

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  26. I'm in a don't stop writing mode at the moment and looking forward to having my interlude!
    Fran
    @FranClarkAuthor
    Writing Women’s Fiction

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  27. YES - I love to escape the four walls of home with camera in hand. My favorite place to "shoot" is our local arboretum.

    Beautiful photos!

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  28. Being outdoors does so much for me mentally and physically too. I love to work in my gardens.

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