Inspiration

What inspires you to write?

As a haiku poet, I tend to find myself inspired by nature. And as a mom of two school-aged kids and one preschooler, I spend a lot of time driving. So most of my haiku inspiration lies in things I see through the windshield of my car: trees, clouds, farm fields, a nearby pond.

My process for writing scifaiku is different. I go to a dreamy place in my mind when I write science fiction. Often, I am inspired by new scientific discoveries. Some days, I browse Wikipedia for inspiration. I always follow up with more technical references when I find something that appeals to me. I try to do my homework to make sure that my poems are scientifically literate!

But sometimes, inspiration finds me unexpectedly. One day, I was shopping at the craft store and found this on the wall of a toilet stall. 

Where do you find your writing inspiration?

Welcome!

This summer, I joined Twitter to promote my family-friendly science blog, Mama Joules. I expected to post about science – which I do – but then something unexpected happened. I discovered the #haikuchallenge offered by @baffled and suddenly, I found myself writing haiku. Historically, I haven’t been a big fan of haiku, so this came as quite a surprise.

I’ve found that I enjoy writing these little poems. They bring a few moments of peace to my otherwise chaotic life. Through them, I have been given the opportunity to glimpse stars in my sugar bowl.

I’m not the most organized of people, so I thought it would be nice to have a place to collect my thoughts. Welcome to my virtual catchall drawer for snippets of poetry. I expect to update this blog irregularly as the muses move me.

Thank you for stopping by.