Looking For Love (Inspiration) In All The Wrong Places

In 1980, country singer Johnny Lee recorded Looking For Love. It became a hit. In fact, years later I find myself humming the tune, even though I don’t agree with the lyrics. I offer my apologies to Johnny Lee for borrowing the title for this post. The first line of the song is “Looking for love in all the wrong places…” (I’ve forgotten the rest.)

While writers may or may not be “looking for love,” (I’ve found it – not looking), all writers are always looking for inspiration. I thought I would share three photos of the places I have recently looked for inspiration, sadly not yet finding it.

in the great outdoors

gazing into the fireplace

in the ‘fridge (Although the Hagen Dazs was somewhat inspiring.)


In an effort to de-clutter my house, I’ve taken to reading more on my Kindle and buying fewer actual books. This has been a semi-successful strategy – after all, there are more things that form clutter-clusters than books.  There are some problems with E-readers. When you attempt to find a meaningful quote you read on an earlier page, or track a character’s first appearance in a book series, it is much more difficult on a Kindle than in a physical book.

Recently, I’ve started re-reading some of the books I own. In 2001,  I read Move to Strike, a newly published book by Perri O’Shaughnessy. The main character, Nina Reilly, is an attorney. The attraction, for me, besides being a really good, fast-moving, law-themed mystery, was the setting in nearby Lake Tahoe, with side trips to Monterey County. I lived in Monterey County for twenty years and it was delightful to revisit the area through the eyes of Nina Reilly

Life intervened, and unlike my usual habit of reading everything that particular author has written, I didn’t read any more of that series – until recently. I was delighted to find that the O’Shaughnessy sisters are still writing under their pen-name Perri O’Shaughnessy.  If you are a mystery fan, their books are a must-read. Their website is http://perrio.com.

Have you recently discovered or re-discovered an author you would recommend?