Sunday, July 31, 2011

BBC's HoWM - Wall Mounted Light & Partner In Crime, the Register

Note the nefarious
shadow it casts
As mentioned before, there is a fixture trying to kill me in the Bathroom of Self-Loathing. And no, it's not the usual case of BBC being overly dramatic. This lovely little piece of business is a fan of being manually turned on, and its devastatingly understated buddy, Mr. Metal Register, is fond of just lying there and waiting for you to step on him. Together, they create an electric partnership that can quite literally, shock you.

Yeah, I know, there's definitely something not quite right going on there, and I should do the normal thing and call an electrician. Somehow it's more fun to explain to unsuspecting visitors the proper way to use the bathroom without being injured.

Also, when I first discovered this dynamic duo I didn't quite understand what had happened. In order for the circuit to be complete, I had to be barefoot, standing on the register, and touching the light switch. Some wild test runs that had me fearing I was crazy (and had the b/f totally convinced) proved that all factors had to be present.

Inspiration can be like that - fast, unexpected, and hard to recreate later. If you're lucky enough to have figured out exactly where your foot needs to be, what you should be wearing, and where to put your hands in order to get that imaginative electric shock, then you are one lucky individual.

Do you have an inspiration process? Is there a routine you keep to with your writing that helps?

5 comments:

Jess said...

Ha! I love this post and appreciate your quirky household items. It's not often a fixture or metal register exhibits personality--I say embrace it :) I do a lot of thinking before I fall asleep, which is inconvenient for sleeping, and means that I usually have to stay up to write random thoughts down. Ideas hit me while driving sometimes--also inconvenient.

Jemi Fraser said...

Like Jess, a lot of ideas pop into my head when I'm drifting off to sleep. Of course they completely nix the sleep deal, but that's just the way it works :)

Anita Grace Howard said...

LOL! Mindy, stop getting eloectrocuted!If you want curly hair, get a perm. Don't fry those pretty brain cells! You NEED them for your books. Hee.

Seriously tho, this was EXCELLENT. I love how you take something silly and even life threatening (eeps) and turn it into something thought provoking for other writers. YOU ROCK!

Mindy McGinnis said...

Jess - YES! oh my gosh, all my best ideas are driving and mowing, really not conducive to the process.

Jemi - The drift off to sleep ideas are the best. I try to scribble them down, but they seem less awesome by the light of day sometimes.

Anita - Thanks! I'm really glad my unfinished cave of a house can be used as a source of inspiration for myself and others. Hopefully fate will full-circle me and I can use book money to finished the HoWM :)

Glad you enjoyed!

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