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Sources of Inspiration: Preparation and Change

March is a time of change. The weather is warming up. Time springs forward, depriving us of an hour. The daylight lingers longer and longer in the evenings. With the change comes an awakening, a call to get up and move. Projects await us. The Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction contest has begun. Blogging From A-Z is approaching, along with Camp NaNoWriMo. Publishers call for submissions, here and there, offering a variety of opportunities. For the beginning of spring is a time of opportunity. I realize this, even as I’m caught up in my own activities. I took a walk, only to see a duck with her new family of baby ducklings, taking their first swim across a fountain. A couple of crows stopped to watch them, an action which struck me as very sinister. Don’t crows kidnap and eat baby birds? I found myself comparing the black birds to a number of mythical monsters, along with the very real human monsters who prey upon children. Crows are birds I see a great deal of in the winter, but winter is retreating. Spring is blossoming, leaving white flowers to bloom and fall from the trees. The danger isn’t gone, although its shape has changed. It lies in wait, while we tackle the changes and challenges in dealing with the shifting season. It will take on the form of new perils, but perhaps it will bring new sources of inspiration.

I take a breath to think about this, only to plunge back into activity. There’s so much to do; preparing for Blogging from A-Z, preparing for Camp NaNoWriMo, preparing for submissions. For April is going to be even busier than March is.

What challenges do you anticipate with the change of the season, dear reader? What sources of inspiration will accompany them for you?

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