When I was younger, my favourite show on TV was the X-files, with its funky content, it’s wry humour its exploration of the impossible and the improbable. I use to wait with baited breath every week for the next episode that I could, watch, record and pour over. I even collected the X-files magazine. In short I was a real fangirl of the show and that has stayed with me to this day. I can still put on episodes that I have watched countless times before and laugh, be moved and be enthralled by the wackiness of the Lone gunmen, the possibility that seeps through every plot and minute of the show, the well written characters and the sharp script.
I’ve always been a writer but the X-Files cemented my fascination with writing about the unimagined, the unexplored, the fantastical in the familiar. The one thing that I never bought into was the conspiracy and paranoia that was laid through out the show with the shadow government in the form of the Syndicate that ‘The Smoking man’ belonged to and the tag line of ‘trust no-one’. Great theme to run through a show about the paranormal and the governmental conspiracy to hide it from the public but not a life mantra I’d want to reproduce.
This weekend I was talking to a woman- lets call her Sylvia for convenience and the sake of discretion. Now Sylvia is almost exactly the opposite of everything that I am, where I’m a heart bleeding liberal, she’s a staunch Conservative in both social and political matters and in religious persuasion. Where I think most people are good, but ultimately misled by bad socialisation, circumstances and upbringing, she thinks everyone in the world is out for themselves and that they ‘don’t care about anyone or anything unless its for themselves’. Despite this paranoia and pessimism in everything she said, I tried to bite my tongue and seek a little inner peace and patience as I know that like all of us she is just trying to make the most of the circumstances she’s been given and that everyone is fighting their own private battles that we can’t see. So we should show a little more kindness than is necessary and try to understand that what appears as cold hearted selfishness is often simply a person trying to get by. Accepting simplistic answers to complex issues is often a coping mechanism to a complex world and sometimes an inner world that the person is barely keeping together.
However one thing that Sylvia said really surprised and saddened me, and is the inspiration for this weeks Sunday inspiration as I think it makes for great writing material. So without further ado your inspiration to get your muse musing and your writers hand scribing is:
Never trust anyone when it comes to money
Rules: Hints and handy tips:
- Use this weeks image and one line to inspire you in a creative endeavour
- You can use them to write in any style, genre, or form
- Enjoy, get creative, have fun
- Come back and share the link to your blog where your work is posted or post using the comments section here. Normally I say post by close of play the following Saturday (close of play being midnight in your time zone)
Have a grand week everyone and look forward to reading your contributions next Saturday.