My mum's grave is in a line of headstones of people who died round about the same time. (I'm not trying to be morbid. There's a point to this, honestly). In the past those graves have been well tended by loved ones, but not this year. As each year has passed, I've noticed more and more of the resting places have not been cared for. I decided this was due to the fullness of time.
It's the one thing we can't stop. Time carries on no matter what is happening in our lives, and like King Canute trying to hold back the waves, we cannot stop the hands of the clock ticking off the hours.
Unless we write about it.
I got an idea.
I'm currently writing the sequel to Notes on a Rebellion called The Destruction of the Compendium and I've changed the story to include turning back time. Although I was obviously sad on Sunday, I thanked my mum for helping me find an idea that I hadn't explored before. I'm having so much fun with it right now, and when I go visit again I'll have lots to report. Maybe by next year I can tell her my stories are being read, that my books are on the shelves and I'm writing the third in the series. I hope she's somewhere lovely where she can hear me (not all the time of course. Now that would be embarrassing) and that I'm working hard to achieve my aim of being a published writer. Only time will tell.
Is there a place you go to get ideas for your writing?