Halloween. What inspires you to creativity?
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I've always loved the imaginary aspect of being on and interacting with a set. I mean, think about it: you can decorate it any way you want to, hardly ever have to clean up after yourself, and you don't have to worry about heating costs in the winter.
And there is something about the masque idea of Halloween that puts me in the mood each autumn to turn my living space into something on such a grand scale that I would need to charge admission if people were to visit. In fact, I'm sitting here with purple twinkle lights strung all across my desk. They've been up for the last five days.
And I can clearly envision it, too.
My living room walls would consist of the exterior face of a house. I wouldn't paint them to look that way, I would actually nail boards up to the walls, complete with curtains on the inside of the glass windows, and a small candle in the sill on some, or a dim light behind the curtain in others, to make it look like someone was inside. And then of course, I would have to hang a partial roof to overhang the wall, so it would look authentic.
If I really had the money and time and resources, then I would add a small creek through the living room, right next to my newly-developed house, attached to a water feature. I've visited homes of super rich and bored people before who had a small creek running through their living rooms, and decided I wanted that one day.
I guess part of the reason I loved getting hired to perform at Haunted Nashville this year, was because the attraction had three separate attractions inside, and all of them played into my warped Halloween fantasy. One is of a full-scale Victorian house, the second where I'll be working, is the house of inventor Tesla, and the third is a real bat cave, not to mention the full-scale, two-story graveyard, with grass, lighting, fog and trees. These are housed inside an abandoned shopping center, so there is plenty of room left over for expanding the attractions in the coming years.
Upstairs in the Victorian parlour, will be the special room saved for the elaborate Christmas decorating, but we'll save that post for a time closer to Christmas.
Have you ever let your imagination run away with you like this? As writers, you should, on a regular basis. Don't ever sensor yourself or stop yourself from daydreaming, because that's eventually what leads to the generation of unique ideas, and answering that age-old question, "What if?"
I've recognised that there are three specific times each and every year, like clockwork, when I allow my mind to begin daydreaming. They are:
September: With the average temperature now 10-15-degrees less than summer and the sun riding lower in the sky, the temptation of falling leaves and warm blankets send me into daydreaming of haunted houses, sets in living rooms, and other imaginary worlds
November: Now that the frost is here and the left-over turkey gone, I turn my whirring mind to high-Victorian parlours and drawing rooms, furnished with expansive trees, spicy smells, and log fires.
I've noticed that this free-wheeling daydreaming also help to inspire my art. I usually end up creating 3D digital worlds based on my hunger for parlours, dungeons and castles. I'll share those with you soon.
Here are some cool photos I snapped three years ago while in WV visiting my farm family. I had just decorated the old, expansive porch for Halloween and started playing around with my crappy digital camera.
Thank-you for allowing me to share this with you. When I began this article, I was so uninspired and now, I'm excited again--that adrenaline rush at being able to create is very high.
So, now. What about YOU? What makes you inspired to daydream?