Thursday, May 08, 2008

Inspiration

This is my inspiration for the YA that's been swimming around in my head . . . Whenever I find myself going off in some new direction or losing the 'feel' of the story, I return to this pic and it sets me right. It conveys the tone, the beauty and the mystery so perfectly. This pic, The Priestess of Delphi, has been one of my favorites for a long time. It's by John Collier. Notice her eyes . . .
I listen to music, too, but just to get me in the mood -- I cannot write and listen to music at the same time. Weird, huh? I find myself listening to the words and focusing on the song, and not writing.

10 comments:

Emma Petersen said...

It's weird. I can't write and listen to music either. And when I first started I had to listen to it to write. Weird huh?

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Emma Petersen said...

I'm a dork and posted twice. *blushes*

S. E. Ward said...

Ooh, nice! I like the crack in the ground. It takes a haunting picture and makes it skin-tingling.

Did I read correctly on your website that you're an amateur Mesopotamia historian? :) So asks the person with Huehnergard's A Grammar of Akkadian sitting on her bookshelf.

Kelly Gay said...

LOL, Emma. I know, it's bizarre. Maybe we have multi-tasking problems! ;-)

Kelly Gay said...

Yeah, I really love ancient history, across the board. The Sumerians were so advanced; it makes their civilization very intriguing. I mean, they knew Pluto existed. How could they know that? Ah, the theories abound!

A quick look at my book shelf -- Joan Oates' Babylon and Crawford's Sumer & The Sumerians.

I just did a paper for my Archaeology class on the affect the war in Iraq is having on the many ancient sites that populate the country . . . so depressing.

S. E. Ward said...

Oh, wow. That sounds like an interesting paper to write. Did you cover only current-war issues, or did it get into Saddam Hussein's "new Babylon" agenda?

I've considered getting an archaeology degree. I love the subject, especially history of textiles, history of written language, and writing implements, but the only school in my area that really offers it as an area of study is private and, hence, hideously expensive. Maybe if I get to a point where I don't have to work. Student grants can hide a multitude of problems. :)

It doesn't hurt that I live in an absolutely awesome area for archaeological research and training. Oklahoma may be boring, but only if you're looking at it in the present tense.

Urraca said...

Kelly, I'm definitely in the camp that listens to music, though it has to be something I have heard many times...It becomes like a mantra. New stuff with lyrics is distracting for me. Hey, I've added you to my blog roll on my site (which is also about writing, natch), at http://cesartorres.net/blog/. Keep up the great work!
On the ipod this week? M83!

Kelly Gay said...

S.E. - My paper was on the impact the war has had on Iraq's museum. The topic was chosen by my teacher. It was a hard paper to write because there are so many opposing accounts as to what actually happened when the war started and the museum got sacked.

I love archaeology, too. If I had started school earlier I'm sure that would've been my profession of choice, but after having kids, etc., it's not the best choice for me. So I'm getting my degree in History with a minor in Anthropolygy. But I'm taking every archaeology class out there just because . . .

Kelly Gay said...

Hey Cesar! Thanks for visiting my blog! :)