from the poet John McCullough reminded me of a tool that I frequently use for inspiration. He suggests that budding poets create a private anthology of work that really moves them, that embodies some of what they aspire to. I got a similar idea from Francis and Roman Coppola. While working on Bram Stoker’s Dracula
, they put together a sort of inspiration bible (I call mine muse books) of art and photographs that represented the mood they were going for in the film. Whenever they got creatively stuck or needed some inspiration, they’d poke their head in their muse book and take a big whiff. I start many of my projects, from book writing to painting gaming miniatures, by putting together a collection of images and ideas that fire my imagination.