Today I received an email from a very kind faithful reader that wanted to know where I get my inspiration for my stories that I have posted on Associated Content. After a few moments of total flattery, they wanted to know a bit about me, and how I came to have such an interesting cast of characters in my life. Rather than sending them an email response, I figured I would post it here for all to see, just in case someone else cared to know.
They say that the ability to laugh at one’s self is a talent and that it builds character in the one doing the laughing. I must be some character, as all of the articles that I write that make fun of something stupid I did seem to draw in huge page views. I have always found myself to be someone to laugh at, and do not mind sharing my own silliness if it means a shameless mass of readers will flock to my articles. I have to admit that I absolutely love to tell stories.
My Grandmother was almost certainly the biggest inspiration when it comes to telling stories. She was the absolute best storyteller I have ever heard, and I often felt it was a shame that her stories never made it to print. She passed away some years back, and I felt a strong desire to begin filling that void. I cannot ever hope to fill such large shoes, but I am having a good time trying. She was a special talent, and an inspiration to me of the highest order.
Putting the ideas down on paper came naturally, as I was a big time reader as a child. When Gonga would tell her stories, I always saw them in a panoramic view across a page as she spoke them. Now, when I write my stories, I see them on the big screen in a movie type format in my brain. Why that is can only be explained by mental illness, or a deep love of the written word. I prefer the latter, but some might call my “visions” odd. Whatever the case, it is a very interesting feeling that washes over me when I am telling a story on paper. I feel as though I am actually there, and it has helped me in the crafting of several novels in progress.
I am deeply humbled that someone would take the time to read anything that I write, and I want to thank each and every one of you for that. I have found a wonderful home on Associated Content, and am quickly building a compilation volume book of stories. The first volume, to be titled “Tales from the Spoons,” will soon be complete. It will be a number of family stories compiled together and put in book form.
Then there is always articles on Britney, Hot Pockets, and the World Series as well. The point is, look around you, and find what inspires you. That is your niche. What makes the words flow on your computer in huge bursts? Find this out, and you will find a career.
Inspiration takes many forms, and I believe that being close to your Maker, and paying attention to why you are so close, will inspire greatness. This belief is rooted in Christianity, and applies to everything in my life. My writing is a direct expression of the human spirit as I see it through the eyes of a Christian. Inspiration? God, Gonga, and laughing at myself gives me more material than I could ever hope to write. There is a never ending supply of mistakes we make, so you can always count on new stories presenting themselves. Just keep your eyes open.
Thank you again for all the support, and thank you for the letter.