Hodge Podge No. 2! IWSG Day, Peter Sallis RIP, and Writing Prompts

Hodge Podge post No. 2!

Actor Peter Sallis has passed away at the age of 96. He voiced Wallace in the animated films of Wallace and Gromit and, among a slew of other roles throughout his career, played the character of Norman Clegg in the longest running comedy on television, The Last of the Summer Wine, from the first episode in 1973 to the last episode in 2010, when the series concluded (295 episodes!).

Other characters have come and gone on the series -- and the gradually changing face of the Yorkshire Dales can be seen over the decades.

Today is Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!

The question for this month is: "Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?"

I've never quit! I've had at least one very long stretch of writer's block, and I've procrastinated a lot over the years on editing that I could have done, but I've never skimped on writing or research.
Drafting is the best part, the most fun. Exploring a new story is so exciting. I always seem to find time for that, when inspiration strikes, and even when there's no more inspiration but a story must be completed. I've got very few half-finished drafts. Lots of unedited novels, but at least they all have a beginning, middle, and an end! With some gaps, maybe...

Thank you to this month's IWSG Day co-hosts! Here are their blog links:

Meanwhile, The New York Times has just released A Year of Picture Prompts, "short, accessible, image-driven posts feature photographs and illustrations from The Times, and invite a variety of written or spoken responses — from creative storytelling to personal narrative..." Look at this intriguing list of categories!

Mysterious Doors
One Night
Dog at the Counter
Cats in Clothes
Sneaker Collection
On the Street
Beware of Zombies
Big Numbers
Pool of Sprinkles
Secret Spaces
A Narwhal’s Life
Inspiration From an Illustration
Dancers in Masks
Frozen Fish
Cards in the Air
Opening the Door
The Badger and the Cow

Do you have a source for writing prompts or other inspiration?

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