Hopefully Gaining Inspiration From Places

As briefly noted in my previous blog post, I was in the Pacific Northwest last weekend; specifically Seattle, Washington. While the main purpose was to visit a friend, it also made for the ultimate opportunity to explore a place I’ve never been to before. Seattle is a city that has been on my bucket list for quite some time, and I wanted to use up as many moments during my trip to get to know the place.In many ways, I was a typical tourist. My friend and I walked about the labyrinth that is Pike Place Market, we made our way up the Space Needle, I paid my respects to the graves of Bruce and Brandon Lee, I rode the monorail, and I was even in Seattle’s Chinatown briefly.

There were instances that happened right before and during my trip that can be definitely seen as atypical. My flight to Seattle was actually delayed by over an hour due to snow falling, and that is apparently something that doesn’t usually happen during this time of year. On one of the mornings I was there, I remember waking up, only to look outside and be shocked by the sight of snowfall (I’m from the Bay Area, so we don’t get snow at all where I live). What was maybe just as intriguing was that a few days before my arrival, my friend recalled coming home late one night and seeing a silhouette of a rather large dog. While he interpreted it as possibly being a coyote, knowing that wolves are native to the state, I’d personally like to think that one of my favorite animals paid him a visit.

In between it all were little activities that really could have been done anywhere, but were given depth because I was doing them in a place I’ve never been to before. I saw “Thor: Ragnarok” the first night I was there, I had boba and Chinese food the following evening, I helped one of my friend’s friend move into his new place, and we met up with an author friend of mine and her boyfriend and hung out.

So why am I sharing all this with you? What does my trip have to do with writing and storytelling? Well, it’s been a week since I was in the Pacific Northwest, and as I continue to let it manifest in my memories, I hope that in the long run, it can inspire something in the third novel. As I slowly reconstruct the story so as it does not depress the crap out of me, I hope that down the line, something from this trip to Seattle can inspire something in the story. It’s not unusual for places or experiences from my travels to make their way into my writings somehow, and even though my third novel is set in a fantasy world, I’m hoping that the magic I saw in Seattle can somehow be weaved into the narrative; whether that be from the touristy experiences I did, the atypical occurrences, or the instances that could have been done anywhere.

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Also, if you have Instagram, then be sure to tune in next week for a live reading from the first few chapters of An Absolute Mind, in honor of its first anniversary since being released to the world. It will be happening on Wednesday November 15th at 8:30PM PST.

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