Where ideas come from

Roller Coaster

I once worked with a man who had ridden every roller coaster in the world and planned his vacations to be one of the first to ride a new design. He enjoyed other adventures, like sky diving and flying an airplane, but riding roller coasters was his passion.

I created a character modeled on this man and my critique partners really like him. What makes the man interesting is that these are colorful activities but he is not a daredevil. Professionally, he writes computer codes and manages a team of technical gurus. Spiritually, he believes in the energetic connection, on a molecular level, of all things from plants to astronauts. He’s a very clear example of how we all need to have three dimensions to our character.

I copied this picture from Rachelle Gardner’s blog because it feels like the perfect metaphor of this current stage of my life. My astrologer sister assures me I’m on my life track but it is a wild ride. Sometimes I’m flying high, or speeding low, or on my head, or twisting to see all sides of the scenery.

A roller coaster is only one place where authors get their ideas.

I used to do webbit tours on this blog. These were posts riddled with links that did not follow any rhyme or reason but showcased cool stuff I’d learned doing research around the web. I can’t remember when I last encouraged my readers to spiral down the webbit hole, but between the new moon, the summer solstice, and a bunch of other stellar encouragements to begin a new phase, here’s some fun links to click that will take you into the world of ideas.

First stop: Mike Perry’s post so we can all be thankful we don’t live in China where search words are blocked to prevent the spread of information.

Wander through Shannon’s Simply Luxurious Life site and her Life lessons learned from Sex and the City.

Consider the appeal of Cozy Mysteries as Paty Jager explains that plot and character development matter while the horror and gore are not on the page. Or learn about farm life details and cutting alfalfa.

Finally: Hop over to Trish and Rob’s other Wyrdness post for a ton of links on the history of the word Pronoia “the suspicion the Universe is a conspiracy on your behalf” which is the direct opposite of paranoia.

The truth about living life, in my opinion, is we are all somewhere within the space between one extreme or the other. It’s a beautiful place to be.

About Terri Patrick
Writer of Romance and Memoir. Life is an adventure, take that journey.

3 Responses to Where ideas come from

  1. Jamie Brazil says:

    Ummm.. I think you worked with my ex! OMG.

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  2. Rose L says:

    Interesting, very interesting. There was a series in which Kellie Martin was a bookstore owner and amateur sleuth. The recommended site Cozy Mysteries talked about that. I liked the TV series. Clarence Williams III played her partner in most.

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  3. Trish says:

    Fascinating stuff here, Terri. Personally, I don’t like roller coasters, but my daughter is a pro. She also skydives.

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