December 20, 2012

Where Inspiration Comes From @vickibatman #rlfblog

LittleBirdie Who...

The subtitle of this blog article is "It Just Came to Me!" I'm turning over the blog to Vicki Batman today for her article on inspiration for books.

"It Just Came to Me!"

I'm always asked where do you get your ideas for stories?
Ideas can be found everywhere--a phrase, a word, a journal post, a look, something overheard in a restaurant, something spoken on television...lots of places. Something in my head goes boing! and I scribble it down.
I began writing shorts after critiquing for a friend. I guess osmosis set in because the next thing I knew, I'd written a whole bunch.
Over the years, I've had many stories published in magazines and thru e-publishers. However one magazine, Woman's World, has eluded me. It isn't because my stuff is awful. Woman's World receives over two hundred submissions per week. Some of mine have been commented on; some kept for several months (the longer the better). And others...they were returned quickly. LOL
So what does an author do with those stories? I've published them for free reads. Expanded into longer stories and then, sold them.
However, when the indie wave intensified, I got a badabing! idea--why not put several stories together into a small book?
So I did. My baby is born--"Little Birdie Who...and Other Stories."
Here's a tiny blurb from each story in "Little Birdie Who" and what inspired that story:
"Little Birdie Who"--a new resident helps her next door neighbor rescue a little bird, but who is the birdie worth keeping?
Handsome and I actually rescued a little bird stuck on a pest strip in our garage.
"Check Her Out"--Gum: it’s a sticky situation, especially between a store manager and Auntie Caren when her nephew has to pay for the package he stole.
I know someone whose son stole gum several times when he was five. Her rendition (and exasperation) stayed in my head and I just had to tell the tale.
"This is NOT Working"--Who knew Day One at a new job would begin so badly and end with possibilities?
Who hasn't had a horrible day at a new job, but to make it a first day ramped up the heroine's awful situation. And someone near and dear said he forgot to turn on his computer one day, and it nearly drove him crazy.
So if you are sitting in a café, airport lounge, or do something crazy, you might be overheard by a writer and become an inspiration for the next bestseller!
Little Birdie Who is COMING SOON!
Twinkle Lights

Available Now:

Twinkle Lights
When the owner of a Christmas tree stand has a heart attack, a do-gooder and a reformed delinquent turned lawyer fall under the holiday spirit and staff the business. The two-some meet the everyday challenges of running the establishment and through their close association, began to care for each other. When the revenue goes missing, fingers are pointed.
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About the Author

Vicki Batman kicks back with a diet Coke and--hopefully--is weaving writing magic.

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  1. Short story collections can sometimes be the best reads, especially when you only have bits of time to read here and there.

    1. Hi, Allie! I think the key is to pick it up and just read. So many people attach a stigma to shorts. I think my romance ones are tons of fun. Hopefully, others do as well. Thank you for posting and Happy Holidays!

    2. Hey, Allie! Thanks for dropping in today.

  2. Hi Vicki!!!! Congratulations in the short stories. It seems that all I can write is short stories but I love them.


    1. Hi, Harlie. Thanks for being here!

  3. Hi, Marika!!! I'm so happy for you and your new book coming soon. Congratulations, GF. I fell into and love writing them. I'm hoping new people discover me too. Merry Christmas!

  4. Thank you, Kayelle, and Romance Lives Forever (kinda like my favorite Bond song, Diamonds are Forever) for having me here today. I hope some of you can check our my work. And I hope all of you have a very happy new year!

    1. Can't wait for you to come back when Little Birdie Who is released in Feb. Looking forward to it!


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