The Consortium of the Curious

For those bemused by the bizarre and engrossed in the esoteric.

Tag: inspiration

Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

My brain.


And now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about inspiration. 


I began polishing up Chapter 3 today, and somewhere between taking out and putting in commas, I decided I should write a new post. I had no idea what said post should be about, but I wanted to have something new up here.

I got to thinking about inspiration, and an odd thing occurred to me: my top three muses for the Consortium are television shows.

Now I know that’s nothing too explosive, but I am totally curious–pardon the pun–if all my writer friends out there find resonance with television. (More specifically, I’m curious if those who don’t write serialized fiction turn toward TV to get their juices going.)

I mean it makes sense. I’ve fractured my project into bi-weekly offerings. I’m basically running the world’s cheapest, choiceless television network!


And I hope you don’t mind.


(Oh and I bet you’re all wondering what those television shows would be. Well, here they are, in no particular order:)




I mean really. What’s not to love? Kids running around solving mysteries about paranormal stuff (that turns out not to be about paranormal stuff). Will the Consortium find a similar ending? (I think I’ve probably already let the cat out of that particular bag by revealing a corpse in Chapter 2.)




The X-Files

I will concede that my project has a few more characters doing the investigating, but this show will always have a special place in my heart. And while it wasn’t always perfect, if I can create something half as good, I’ll have succeeded.




Twin Peaks 

Basically this show is the benchmark of ensemble casts, cult followings, and weird characters. While the Consortium will probably never get Lynchian on you, I do like the idea of small towns with big secrets. 



That’s all for now. I wasn’t kidding when I said I wanted to hear the sources of your particular spark. I’m always looking for something new to speak to me.

Craft Services and Other Bad Ideas

As part of my resolve to write more, I decided that I should blog more too. You know, keep people interested in the stuff I have to say. I also set the start date for the chapter releases three weeks after the blog’s creation. I did this so I’d have some of them in advance, that way I ran a smaller risk of not releasing things in a timely manner.


Problem is I’m running out of things to talk about before the first chapter makes its debut. 


So then I figured if I can’t give writing advice, (because let’s face it, I have amateur written all over me) then the least I can do is explain how I do my thing. If it helps anyone else, then excellent. If not, I’ll attempt to find it cathartic anyway.


So this blog’s subject will be music. Do you write while listening to music? Do certain artists inspire stories for you? I’m interested to know because I have a guilty little secret.


Two words: Glenn Miller.


For some reason, no matter what genre I’m writing in or what the story is about, Glenn sets my frazzled nerves at ease. I honestly believe you could set almost any scene in the world to Moonlight Serenade. (We should really try that on a YouTube channel.)


So writers, who’s your go to inspiration when you need to calm your head and put your nose to the grindstone?

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