Saturday, August 23, 2008

The story of Simon

Although we can make some some jaw-dropping stories, only one writer could create the amazing yet true story of Simon, and that's because she grew him in her belly. Simon is the preemie gladiator son of Mysti, and right now he's fighting for his life. His family is traveling between states to be with their plucky bundle of joy, and need some financial help to offset the staggering expenses. Those of us on Absolute Write and Plurk are trying to get the message out, so please visit Supporting Simon, learn his story and give if you can. If you can't, then do a blog post about him, so the word spreads. Simon was our little internet pal before he was even born, and it would be gratifying if bloggers, writers and friends came together to help.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Inspirational surplus

I saw a truck go past yesterday marked "Christian Book Outlet and Inspirational Surplus." Although that last part had a completely different meaning, those two words grabbed the keys, gassed up my imagination, and roared off.

I love the thought of inspirational surplus, a warehouse full of ideas, notions and wild theories. In my mind, it looks like the final scene of Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark, managed by Dr. Seuss characters and hobbits. Tiny nuggets of inspiration spark in my brain all day long, especially when I go outside in the big, wide world. I obey the laws of writerdom and keep a notebook and pen with me, because snippets of conversation, fluttering brochures, and tiny acts of human nature constantly keep me entertained. Sometimes they end up being articles, essays or blog posts. Other times, they just feed the fire of my fancy.

Either way, it's so much livelier and positive than "I have an overactive imagination and too many ideas." Instead, I'm going to say, "I enjoy inspirational surplus."

Hope you have a bit of inspirational surplus in your day, too.