Turns out, it's hard to keep up with your blog when you can't sit upright in your chair for more than twenty minutes. I'm on deadline for my new book, so you can usually find me sprawled out on the floor of my front room, head propped up with two pillows and the laptop weirdly positioned on my knees and torso.
I wish I could draw some awesome parallel to "changing my focus" or "changing my view" but to be honest, I'm too grumbly about the whole thing to notice anything worthwhile coming out of it.
To combat my inner grump, I have to show you some of what's been inspiring me lately in the writing process...did I tell you the setting for this new book is an old Midwestern farm?
In my mind, it looks a little like Green Gables.
Or maybe something like this:
A place filled with people... a place that invites that sense of community.
Of course there are a few of these on the property:
Surrounded by earth and crops and green.
I'm inspired by the Midwest, by small towns, by the simple life. I'm inspired by the world around me, and I'm striving to create a place I would want to live. Full of people I would want to know. And maybe a few I wouldn't.
They gather together on warm summer nights for simple dinners cooked with great love.
They aren't afraid to take quiet naps under the great, open sky, gently swaying in the breeze. They know there is much to do, but they see the value in rest. I love that about them.
They spend quiet evenings strumming their guitars, singing songs over an open fire, maybe roasting a marshmallow...maybe just inhaling the smell of charred wood as the ashes dance on the cool night breeze.
And most of all, they are searching, like most of us are, for the good in others, for the strength in themselves. They strive to overcome past hurts, past mistakes. They fall in love. They dare to take chances, to be brave, to embrace change.
And it doesn't always go well.
I love that about them too.
And when things get a little too hard to handle, they take to the roads and head out of town...
Careful to inhale the scent of earth on their way.
They've become so real to me...I can't imagine spending a day without them. I hope you'll fall in love with them too.
Follow my Pinterest Inspiration board for more images that are coming together to create the world of Fairwind Farm... a world you are most welcome to explore...
Tell me...What would a little town have to have to charm your socks off?