• Art,  Inspiration

    Art Feature: Spring!

    I am very excited to share my first art feature. I studied art history in grad school and have been looking for a way to get it back into my life. While this isn’t the kind of art I typically studied, it is all beautiful and inspiring.  I found all of these pieces on DeviantArt and I tried to select a variety of styles and mediums.  In the Grass by Rarrie I chose this piece because I could just hear her harrumph about something we can’t see. The possibilities immediately began dancing through my mind.  The soft colors and sketch-like feel of the image make it perfect for spring. It’s…

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    One Year Anniversary

    We did it! Quixotic Quill has been up for a year. Without all my readers, followers, and commenters, it wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you everyone! I know this year has been a bit topsy turvy. One of my resolutions for the next year is to keep content coming more regularly. Another goal is to create content that gets us engaging more. I created Quixotic Quill to share inspiration with others. I’ve focused mainly on writing advice but that’s not the direction I saw this going. For the second year I’d like to branch out: share books I’m enjoying, share art that inspires me, and discuss things important in my…

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    The Gift of NaNoWriMo

    With Camp NaNoWriMo approaching many are gearing up for another month of turning their writing up to eleven. Others however, are on the fence or don’t see the point. I’ve done NaNo for four years now, mostly November, and this last year is the only one I’ve won.  This time, I realized something about the NaNo that has really helped my writing as a whole. As early as September you start to see the posts and find the articles about NaNoWriMo and all it has to offer, as well as reasons that it’s a not worth it. I have my own complaints about the process too, but there are some…

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    A Lost Tomb Makes Magical Writing Inspiration

    Welcome to another writing inspiration post. I hope you enjoyed last week’s inspiration and story. That may have been the hardest story I’ve ever written. And I’ll be honest, there are still things about it I would like to change. This is why I started this blog, to make sure that I keep deadlines and get the work done. Then do more work! I’ll get better with practice. Maybe I’ll get inspired to make another horror-ish story at some point, but probably not too soon. In any case, I am excited about the writing inspiration and story for this week. I got some fun ideas while reading and can’t wait…

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    Sunken Ships, Lost Crews, and Writing Inspiration

    montereydiver on Visualhunt / CC BY It’s time to get inspired again! If you missed last week’s writing inspiration, fell free to go read about some cool Greek history or skip to the story I based on it. I had a lot of fun writing that story. It’s been too long since I finished a story and even longer since I shared one with anybody. It feels good to get my work out again. I hope it added something to your day too. Now, for this week’s article. The Article For this week’s writing inspiration, I read an article from Archaeology.org called “Franklin’s Last Voyage” by Allan Woods. It is…

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    From Greek Grave to Story Inspiration

    For this post, I read an article with the express purpose of finding story inspiration. Usually, it just happens as I go along whether I want it to or not. First, I will summarize the article for you but please read it for yourself here. Then, I will tell you how this article prompted my creative wheels. I studied Ancient Greek history for my graduate studies. I was constantly coming up with story ideas during classes and as I researched my thesis. So I decided to use something about Greek archaeology for my first inspiration post. I found “This 3,500-Year-Old Greek Tomb Upended What We Thought We Knew About the…