So, in that case, why am I sitting here this afternoon dancing in my chair to The Bee Gees (I know that when they started singing 'You Should Be Dancing' that it wasn't an order, but that song is a classic!), looking up Barbara Streisand songs on YouTube, and trying to find as many pictures as I can of Bradley Cooper from Sunday night's Golden Globes?
|Bradley Cooper at The Golden Globes - one full-on |
Because I'm far too easily distracted, that's why. All it took was for that Donna Summer disco anthem 'I Feel Love' to come on the radio and that was me reminded of how fabulous disco was, and before I could say "leg warmers" I was fannying about on YouTube looking for extended remixes and long-forgotten classics. And before anyone says Barbara Streisand never did disco, she did. Remember that duet with Donna Summer? 'Enough is Enough'? That was a great disco track!
Anyway, so, I've been sidestepped from my writing by music, where does Bradley Cooper come into all this?
Well, the answer to that is easy - I'm using the ever-gorgeous Mr Cooper as "research" for the character of Dominic MacDonald in Illusions of Love, (the follow up to No Matter What), the book I should be writing this afternoon, rather than faffing about finding disco classics to dance at my desk to. So, you see, that isn't really a distraction at all, to be honest. Is it? No, that can actually be classed as work! There. Now I don't feel half as guilty as I did before! ;-)
|Bradley Cooper in 'Limitless'|
But you see, I'm saying this afternoon has been an afternoon of distractions but really, it's just the way I work. I sit down to write, I get a shed load of stuff done, I have a faff about, listen to a bit of music, grab a bit of inspiration from that, look up pictures of rather gorgeous actors - get even more inspiration from that (just wait until you meet Dominic MacDonald in 'Illusions of Love'! He is fabulous!), and then once I've worked through those distractions, and they're out of my system, I get right back to work. That's how it's always worked for me, and that's probably how it will always work, as far as my writing is concerned.
Inspiration comes from everywhere - a song I've just listened to, a picture I've just looked at, a movie I've just watched... especially if that movie happens to be starring Bradley Cooper...
Now, time for a bit more music I think... ooh, what was that song Barbara Streisand did with Barry Gibb? What was it called again...? 'Guilty'! Yeah, and that's something I really should be feeling this afternoon... ;-)
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