Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Alex asked if I'd be willing to share my ideas for NaNo... well, no. not really. (Sorry Alex.)

But a funny thing happened after I'd figured out the gist of the story. I knew (generally) where it would take place and what the conflict will be, although I'm still figuring out who the characters are. I was tossing around ideas, and then I picked up the August edition of National Geographic. This was on the cover:

Taken by Paul Nicklen at National Geographic

A white black bear, also known as a Kermode (Ker-MODE-ee) bear or spirit bear. And I knew. This bear is a part of the story, too. Can't wait to see where she takes me.

If you're looking for inspiration (or just beautiful photos), check out the National Geographic photo gallery.

What inspires you?


  1. Glad you have a great idea now!
    Movies inspire me. What can I say?

  2. I saw that National Geographic article - I was also really taken with the spirit bears! Good luck with your NaNo idea!

  3. Alex: movies are also a great source of inspiration. :)

    Thanks Julie. I hope you like it as well as you liked Thunderstruck!

    Susanna: Amazing, aren't they? And conveniently located in the area where I'd planned to set my story. :)

  4. Hey, Alison. Just popping over as part of the Blogfest! I've got something to send through for you. Up for it?

  5. Best wishes with your NaNo idea. May Kermode be with you! I'm inspired by good books and walks in the woods. Maybe I'll see one of those white black bears. I'll get back to you on that one..