I know this isn’t my “normal” posting time. But my timezone is different. We left the other day on a jet plane:
Hello from upstate New York! Thanks to Instagram you may already know this is where I am for a couple of weeks:
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A visit to the Apple Store.📱 Afterward a, uh, cappuccino shake, with chocolate sprinkles on top.😋 . Look, don’t judge me. Okay?😂 . #travel #today #shopping #AlbanyNY #milkshake #humor #food #nutrition #finedining #laughs #writers #authors #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #upstateNY #expats
On a more serious note…
…I wrote a few weeks ago about this Carola Oman 1953 biography of British General Sir John Moore (1761-1809). I realized I wanted it for research for my current manuscript. It was indeed on a bookshelf here in the Catskills:
It is the first edition too!:
I’d bought it in a used bookstore in the Isles of Scilly, England in 2005… for £12.
It is coming back to Britain with me.
A long-deceased British general may be of no interest to you, I know. Maybe some early 19th century fashion? Here, in a painting reproduced in the book, are the daughters of one of Moore’s subordinates:
Who are they?:
That is right out of Jane Austen – who wrote her books in the 1810s.
From where do writers find ideas? I’ve discovered it may well be based upon what truly interests and inspires – and even to degrees perhaps obsesses – us, and we hope therefore will interest readers as well.
In my case, combine the likes of the past such as that above…
…and aspects of our present that could have existed in that past, and we may get, say, a fictional “1840” here in the Catskills:
And that is from where a novel, or novels, may come.
Have a good, wherever you are – day or night – in the world. 🙂