Where to find inspiration
It started with Tara, my personal, just for me, computer generated clairvoyant. I don't know where she found me, maybe I have a ghostly presence on the internet but she's usually convinced I'm going to win the lottery. This rather makes me doubt her psychic abilities as I don't play the lottery Anyway this week she'd woken up in the middle of the night fretting about my happiness, which is seems is connected to the number 11, the number for renewal. It seems my future wellbeing is tied up with this number and I can discover how it can change my life for only eleven pounds ninety nine.
The following morning the word came in the post - my car tax renewal document and how I wish that was only eleven pounds ninety nine.
Later that day, I was browsing through the internet for something or other and I came across what looked like a fun website. Writers, artists and other creative people could become online monks. It was a way of renewing your energy and channelling it into your work. Apparently, monks these days aren't impoverished because to be renewed, you have to fork out $180. I've learned this week that renewal isn't all about the grass shooting up and lambs frolicking in the fields - it's about money.
I tried to see if I could bring renewal into the plot of my crime novel 'Poacher's Moon' but it doesn't fit easily around a murder. When an idea won't suit a novel there's the short story. A possible storyline might be one about the girl who after reading her horoscope was convinced she was going to win the lottery and it was going to solve all her problems. When she'd spent all her money on tickets and lost, she had to find more realistic ways of getting herself out of her difficulties and the experience was far more rewarding. Mmm. I'll put that one on the back burner for the moment.
Meanwhile, the only way I know how to bring in money is to earn it, so to work for - the only way to get ahead is to get started.