Inspiration Engine 13 – Flash Fiction and Art

This is a weekly post I do to highlight blogs or bloggers who have inspired me in some way during this week – another car on my imagination train!

1. The first entry on this week’s Inspiration Engine is from this post from The Smallest Forest showed some postcards and organic art that they created for a friends/wordpress postcard swap, and it really got me into a place to work on my art journal.

One thing I think is interesting is that the person does all of their patterned paper by hand. It’s not the scrapbook pages that we can buy at Michael’s.  For the past year or so, I’ve been trying to find ways to integrate this kind of paper into my artwork, but maybe I shouldn’t.  Perhaps I would feel better if I created it myself.

2. The next post I found is from a blog called Bright Tuesday on which the author does a flash fiction exercise. At the end of a story, her readers give her first line suggestions for the following week’s flash fiction piece and then, every week, is generated from what someone else suggested.  It’s a wonderful example of the energy and inspiration between people. I even went so far as to try my hand at my own flash fiction piece. What do you think of it?  It’s my first…

3. Finally, something else that really captured my imagination this week is not from a blog but a page on the Google Doodle contest. They had students of all ages try to draw a new Google thing about an invention that would make the world a better place and write a corresponding blurb about it.  One of my favorites was from a kid from the K-3 category:

They said: “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place, I would invent a machine to slow down time so we can have longer days. It would float in space and put a force field around Earth to slow down Earth’s rotation.”

How imaginative!  And the little person who conceived this is eight years old or younger – how amazing!  I don’t really think it’s a good idea, but I’m inspired by the reach of their imagination.

What do you guys think of my findings?  Do they inspire you in some way, too? What other things did you find this week?

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