Twenty-Six Days of Creative Inspiration
As writers we are constantly being asked, "Where do you get your ideas?"
My number one answer is family. I grew up in a nutty family. Not just my nuclear family, but my extended family is pretty kooky, especially my Kentucky family.
Often in the summer my brothers and I were shipped off to grandmas to live as honorary southerners. Kentucky for me is one of the greenest and most beautiful places on earth.
My Kentucky is also full of people who live by the practical joke and invade your personal space both physically and informationally on an hourly basis.
The goldmine of my Kentucky family isn't just their habit of putting spaghetti in chili or eating every few hours like Hobbits. No these folks are storytellers. Everything is a story, and often not a short one. They can spin an ordinary day into an Arthurian legend.
Above everything else, my Kentucky family gives me a sense of belonging. Yes, I am a part of this wise-cracking, fried food eating, unconditionally loving (even though they will talk about you), clan.
If there is a specific place where I can trace my writerly roots back to, it's the Bluegrass State.
My MS "Over the Deep Fried Rainbow," is an homage to the endless stream of grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, cousins, and uncles who never failed to embarrass me or make me laugh, but always gave nothing less than unconditional love and open arms.
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