Today was the second annual Dillon family reunion since we used to have them over ten years ago. After moving from Smith Center, KS, we all kinda lost touch and weren't really looking to find it again, but last year, my Aunt tracked us all down and invited us to a reunion. It's been really great getting to know everyone again. The last time I spoke with many of them (before last year, anyway) was when I was in 6th grade, so a LOT has changed since then.
It was a really great time, too. Less awkward reintroductions than last year, more time for just chatting and playing with the youngin's. That's always fun, because I can still remember being about the youngest at those things.
Now, my point for posting it, besides just to let you know what I've been up to, is that I was incredibly inspired by this. I've been having a bumpy time lately with my writing, and even tried writing a bit on the way up there (2 or 3 hour drive), but was uncomfortable and uninspired so I didn't get a lot done. But, after seeing my family, playing around all day, and visiting places from my childhood, I was on FIYAH! ;o)
I've been writing like a madman since.
I still really want to take a trip all by my lonesome sometime and stay in a hotel for a week or so, then just ride my bike around all over and check everything out. It's so bizarre to see how small everything is. Seriously, I remember my house (which was torn down and is now just an empty yard) being SO far away from the highway, but it turns out, it's two tiny little blocks. So weird. There's just so many memories and stories there. As much as I hated living there when I was a kid, I always loved the town itself. It helps me get back to my childhood, which, as a children's writer, really helps inspire me.
If you haven't already, I recommend going back to places you spent time (or town's you lived in) when you were young. It'll spark you more than you realize.
Anyone have stories like that?