Still chugging along with my current WIP. Summer is tough– between lessons, outdoor activity and late bedtimes — writing often falls through the cracks. This week I did have a chance to meet with my small critique group. After helping each other with some writing hurdles we talked about themes we’d like to tackle for our next story. I admit – I was jealous. Loved what they were plotting out. At that point I had nothing in my head. Now, you probably know where I’m heading with this. Even though I’m nowhere near done with my current manuscript, I’m suddenly desperate for inspiration. Then it hit me. My husband just started watching this ‘different’ show on A&E. TATTOO HIGHWAY. After two episodes I admit to being hooked. Now I’m not at all familiar with the lifestyle but I do think that crafting a story around tattoo artists who travel around in a ‘pimped out’ bus would be pretty interesting. I wouldn’t be able to write what I know…because in this case I know nothing. But the show did plant a seed in my brain. Maybe…just maybe I can use it as inspiration for my next story.
This ties into one my favorite summer indulgences. I don’t have any tattoos. At times in my life I’ve wanted one, but I’ve never followed through. However, during the summer I purchase fun tattoos at my local store. My children pick out SpongeBob and I pick out animals/flowers/symbols. About once a week we change out our look…it’s fun, safe, and temporary!!!! Hey, if Barbie can get away with it, anyone can!