This week I have kept my eyes open for writing ideas. It has made me more observant of my surroundings instead of focusing too much on my own thoughts. I took this photo yesterday at the lodge. It is a carving on wooden cabinet just outside the lobby of the lodge. It portrays a medieval setting. A knight in armor rides a horse who also wears what could be armor. A dog runs alongside the knight. Maybe they are hunting. A castle is in the background.
I have walked by this cabinet many times during past visits, but I think this was the first time I noticed something odd about the dog. What are the spikes on his back? He does not appear to be wearing armor because no armor or straps run down his side to hold the armor on him. I doubt the spikes are his fur. It is a mystery.
After lunch I did some writing. I worked briefly on this post and then a story idea. This story idea has an interesting background. I had three idea fragments which did not make full stories, but I did not know how to use them. I later realized that I could combine them. I am intrigued, however, that in one fragment the part which I found most interesting at the time is the part I have decided to remove because it no longer works. Does that sound weird? I guess it does, but I will go back to what one of my coffee mugs says. “It’s okay. Writers are supposed to be strange.”