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So where do you get your ideas?
It seems to be a perennial question for all writers. For all that it is so common it can be hard to answer, if for no other reason than every author has a different source for inspiration. For this author the answer is complex.
The simplest and easiest answer is to give all credit to the ultimate Creator. After all He is the Author of all. But I have the nagging suspicion that people are not really interested in the quick and easy answer.
First and foremost I would suppose it would be my imagination. Something I like to think of as a great machine stored in the basements, attics, and closets of my mind. This machine was initially tended by my parents, carefully nurtured and honed with a mixture of science, history, and pure fancy. As I grew older I took over more of its care, deciding what entered it and when. Now all of my experience, every story I read as a child, every person I interacted with is fed into this imagination machine, and in those dark closets, the dim attics, and the deep basements the machine plays with them.Takes them and processed them into understandable ideas. These ideas are soon tossed up into the used rooms of my awareness where my wandering mind takes them like threads and weaves them into stories to entertain my inner child. Then it is up to determination, perseverance, and stubbornness to forge those stories into readable forms.
That is where my best stories come from, including "Dying Embers".
The other sort, which are still good stories if I do say so myself, come from sitting down with the Seven Original Stories and feeding bits from the imagination machine until I have a complete story.
So that is where I get my ideas.
Oh, and she was an optical Aleutian.