Sunday, January 9, 2011

Where do Writers get their Ideas?

I don't know about you, but I've had some of my best ideas in places where I had nothing handy to use to write them down! Case in point, the shower...Then I saw an advertisement that made me realize I wasn't the only one who feels the words flow alongside the hot water. It's called AquaNotes and it's a waterproof notepad for the shower!

Hooray! Their catch phrase is also cool - No more great ideas down the drain! Whoever came up with the waterproof notepad must have been thinking like the inventor of the Snuggie. If you can't find something you need, just make it yourself! It just goes to show you, that super inventions don't have to be complex and expensive extravaganzas!

Just this morning, it occurred to me (in the shower, of course) that so much of human behavior and characteristics are compared to birds:
We can be wise as an owl or act chicken (scared).
We can be bald as an eagle and proud as a peacock.
Eagle-eyed and voice like a nightingale are welcome observations; however, to be called naked as a jaybird is not.
Even though a lame duck is not as bad as a sitting duck, either may be more welcome than your goose is cooked.
One of my favorites - is the night owl, which has its opposite, the early bird.

We even have proverbs about birds:
Birds of a feather, flock together.
The early bird catches the worm.
A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.
What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
Kill two birds with one stone.
That's for the birds.
And our sayings and proverbs don't stop with the birds.

Comments on human behavior also contain everything to do with birds:
Don't put all of your eggs in one basket.
Feather your nest.
Flew the coop.
Scarcer than hen's teeth.
A feather in your cap.

Remember you can be as free as a bird, that is, if you aren't a jail bird, and you can eat like a bird, which is deceptive because even though they are small, birds eat a tremondous amount.

At least that's what a little bird told me.

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