Matt Stawicki and I think the painting is called Heartwood. It seemed to express visually exactly what was going on with my the main character in my new novel. My protagonist is a teenager weighed down by his desire to make the world a safer place and yet is unsure of whether or not he's worthy of the task. I have a feeling this picture will inspire me through the entire novel.
This character is so much fun to write! I'm having a blast with this book. He's different from any protagonist I've ever had. There's a devil may care attitude to him that makes me smile every time this book comes up in conversation with anyone. If you've never written a novel with a protagonist that makes you smile like that, I highly recommend it.
For the first time I've actually put together a play list on my MP3 player for my novel! I can't believe I've never done this before! I'm loving it. Whenever I write now I put my earphones in and it's as though I have my own soundtrack. Love it! Here's a link to a teaser of the first song on my playlist Reign of Fire by Armored Saint: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0018KI4R2/ref=dm_mu_dp_trk1 A word of warning, while completely PG, it isn't for the faint of heart, but then neither is my protagonist!
Do you have any favorite music to listen to as you write? Is there one song or artist that makes you think of your book or protagonist?