Storystarter Pic and Giveaway

It’s my second day back at school and it’s wonderful to get back into the real world, with real live people to hang out with instead of my imaginary friends. 😉 To celebrate I have a Twitter giveaway contest going on today ONLY. ReTweet my contest notices to enter to win 1 of 2 copies of UNDER MY SKIN. Follow me on Twitter: @judithgraves.

Beyond contest goodness, I’m left wondering where the hell did the summer go? What happened to all those sleep ins, mid day naps in the hammock and lazy days on the beach? I think I managed two of each. Ah, such is the life of a writer: slaying deadlines, finishing short stories and WIP first drafts, indulging in a script-writing binge with the great Dawn Ius, plotting for the next book in a series and drinking far too much coffee than is good for one’s teeth and perhaps kidney function.

But I did make it to Europe and that trip will be fodder for writing well into the future. I often lug my camera around and snap photos of anything I find inspiring. In hopes of inspiring YOU to write today, below is a pic I took in the Paris arts district of Montmartre, once home to the likes of Picasso and van Goth. Click on the image to see it at full size.

Why would an artist leave his/her supplies for anyone to steal? Did someone or something scare them off? You tell me:

Oh, and you might find the view from the top of the Montmartre hill inspiring as well: