January 28th, 2009

the original inspiration


I mentioned I was cleaning out the clutter in my desk, organizing papers from my first book to make room for the mounds of papers already accumulating for the next project.  I'm definitely a post-it note/scratch down thoughts on a random piece of paper sort of writer. Then when I get time to actually write, I collect my little tidbits and piece them together.  I have a folder for all these random pieces of paper, but typically once I use the information, I toss the original note. Some, however, I save if I don't use it and feel it has a place in later work.  As I was clearing out this folder, at the bottom, I found the small, rectangular slice of yellow lined paper, ripped from the bottom of a pad - six words scribbled in black ink: Lipstick note on a tray table.  That's where it all began.  I remember the night I grabbed that sheet of paper, scratched that thought down, then shoved it into my nightstand drawer.  Several years later I found that note, and that's where it all began - I read that, thought there's an idea there, I'm going to do it.  And finally found the courage to sit down and write.