I'll be back with vlogs as soon as I can, but for today, a little meditation on inspiration.
I feel most myself when traveling. I'm excited, energetic, creative. I often need travel for inspiration. We all have our tricks, and mine is to get out.
This is especially true for my two favorite characters, Robert Mann and Harrison. Robert Mann has to travel the world finding interesting ways to kill people. Harrison works for the foresty service and travels through California's natural places. He's the protagonist for my forthcoming collection, Let Us All Pray Now to Our Own Strange Gods. I have a rule for Harrison. Each story has to have magic.
There is plenty of magic in nature, but you can't write about nature straight. I can't anyway. Not any more than I can write about love or death or happiness straight. The magic happens when the worlds of nature and man collide. So I went looking for that this weekend and ran into it again and again.
I found it in San Simeon when my wife shouted for me to stop. Off on the side of the road were zebra grazing with cattle as though they belonged on the California coast.