Weekly Inspiration

Certain things spark the creativity in all of us. Perhaps a smell associated with a powerful memory, or a long walk in the park or a drive through the countryside. Maybe a newspaper article, or a book we read. For me it's often visual - a piece of fantasy art or a tv show or movie. Well, I want to start gathering the things that inspire me every week and sharing them with you on Fridays. Because I browse Reddit a lot, you'll probably see several things for /r/earthporn or /r/imaginarylandscapes. I will always try to point back to the artist or owner of the material (or at least where I, myself, found it).

**If one of these is your work and you'd like it removed, please let me know and I'll do so ASAP.

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I found this on fstarno's DevianART page. Magnificent vista. This is the kind of art I love; digitally realized, with a depth that makes you want to step into the world.

Last month's National Geographic had some interesting global warming maps in them, and I commented on it to Mark Lawrence, who's Broken Empire trilogy is set on a post-apocalyptic Earth. He said that he had used something similar to help him figure out his own maps. So that's cool.

This next one is kind of random: an article on Io9 about People Who Live Inside of Water Towers. I found that it helped me conceptualize what the design of a real castle tower (through a modern person's eyes).

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I found the photo above on Reddit. I think the photographer might be Ed Cooley. The outcropping of rock, the fog, and the impenetrable forest all give it a very fantastical feeling. There could be an army in those woods, and you'd never know it until they were on top of you.

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Skogafoss Falls, in Iceland seems like the type of place I'd want to visit. I found the following picture here (don't know the photographer). I like the vast emptiness of it all - although, someone in the comments pointed out that just to the right is a huge parking lot that's probably full of people. Oh well. That just goes to show the importance of cropping.

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Not sure who the photographer is on this one either, but I love how solitary the picture is. Don't know what the cabin is for (ice fishing in the winter?). I imagine it would be a great place to buckle down and write. You know... if it has wifi. One thing I miss about living in Utah is seeing the mountains every day. They impart a kind of majesty that rolls over into one's writing.

I'll leave you with just one more that made my weekly inspirations list:

photo: Kacper Kowalski / Kacperkowalski.com

As far as I know this is a picture of the runoff pond for the crayola factory. But I still like it. The vibrant colors really grab me. I imagine I'm looking into the eye of the old man forest. Found here.