Inspire Me, Please!


All right, peeps. I’m taking a dramatic stance and telling you to inspire me!

Although I have been writing a lot during my free time (which isn’t much right now), I am looking for new and bold inspiration. Primarily in the form of locations in the United States. Sorry other-landers! Please don’t stop reading here!

I may have the possibility in the semi-near future to travel across America and get paid for it. Bonus! Of course, I still have to work, but since I love to travel and can’t afford to do it on what I make since grad school was so freakin’ expensive, I think this is an admirable way to achieve my traveling goals.

What I need from you is an advertisement on different parts of the country that I could possibly go. Each assignment would be about three months long.

I love living in Michigan. There is so much beauty here (despite its downfalls), and I find a ton of inspiration just by visiting cool places here. But I want to see more! I’m greedy. I can’t help it.

So… Inspire me!

Tell me about your part of the country and why I should work there (theoretically in the short term, if it works out). Googling images and facts about different states only goes so far. I want to hear from the natives.

But be warned. I hate being hot. HATE it. Especially if I’m just standing still. So it’s unlikely I’ll go to a southern state unless it’s in the winter. But if it’s only for three months, I’d probably endure, especially if there’s ample inspiration to be had.

And for my non-U.S. blogging buddies, tell me all about your country/county/province/city, etc., and make me WILD with envy. πŸ™‚

Thanks for participating and happy writing!


β€œIt can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression, ‘As pretty as an airport.”
― Douglas Adams,Β The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

β€œI read; I travel; I become.”
― Derek Walcott


107 thoughts on “Inspire Me, Please!

  1. I thought this was a cool idea, but then I realized I’ve already told you the nothing I know about Houston. You should just come here because your favorite blogger is here. That’s all I have. πŸ™‚

    • Haha! I’ve always wanted to visit Texas, anyways. I’m a big fan of historical fiction with cowboys and horses and frontier women, and lots of them are based in Texas.

      Also, I have a good friend who lives in Sugar Land, and I rarely get to see her and her husband. So that’s an additional reason to go.

      But I’d NEVER go in summer. Blech. I hate heat.

      • BAHAHA!!!

        Man, are you full of yourself, or what? She’s probably the sweetest person I know. WAY nicer than I am.

        And didn’t you retract your offer a few days ago?? Hmm??? Am I that fabulous that you’re going back on your word when I said I wasn’t able to bring you to Florida with me?

      • Yeah yeah.

        Shhh. No I didn’t. πŸ™‚ Okay, but if I’m not reason enough I have a real reason……your book! You have a book set here, right? I win. πŸ™‚

      • Yes. Yes, I do. And even before we met, I had planned to visit Houston sometime to get the feel of the place. I started writing the book in January. I don’t think I started my blog until the end of February or early March.


      • You just deleted my comment by typing your other one! Geez!

        Anyway, I don’t even remember what I said now. Wait, I think I said there’s no such thing as coincidences. AND that you’re coming here. And then you’ll meet me and I’ll be like….so you’re this Amy person from the internet? Hmm. You’re tall. Hahaha πŸ™‚

      • Sorry! Why the heck does WP do that? They need to fix that. And now I’m bummed that I missed your original comment.

        And wear tall boots. Then I won’t seem so tall.

      • I don’t know. The app is funky sometimes.

        I’m trying to figure if that was a Texan joke or not. Cause I have no boots. But eh, I’m short. Doesn’t matter. I wouldn’t even say that. I’d say….tell me a story! Haha

      • Hehe! And I’d probably blank completely and have to call my friend. I’m sure she has a million stories that I’m forgetting. We were counselors at that camp together.

        And it wasn’t a Texan joke necessarily. I just didn’t think it’d be nice to say “wear high heels,” since you’re a guy.

      • Doubt that. You’d probably be like…this guy on the flight blah blah blah. Then I’d laugh my obnoxious laugh. Then I’d be embarrassed. But then you’d laugh at me and all would be well. Haha

        Hmm. I suppose. I don’t have any of those either.

        Am I convincing you that Houston should be your destination? I don’t want to see if there are any other commenters because their arguments might be better. Lol

      • Their arguments are definitely better insomuch as they’re really describing the parts of their area that would interest me, but yours are funnier, so it’s hard to decide. But before I even contemplated doing travel therapy, I wanted to go to Houston for book research. So there’s that in Houston’s favor.

        And my laugh ain’t all that pretty, either. So no worries there.

        I have a lot of places I want to go. Like, twenty of them. And they’re all vying for the number one spot. I’ve been bitten by the travel bug and want to see everything!

      • No they aren’t. Whatever they’re saying is probably a lie. Just trying to make their area sound better than it is. Don’t believe them!

        Girls never laugh their real laugh around strangers. I can think of only two I think I’ve really heard. It’s always subdued.

        Ooooh. Come here. Stick me in your suitcase and take me with you! πŸ™‚

      • Do you how much it costs to check luggage on an airplane these days? My word, you’d cost me a fortune!

        And you may not believe me, but I’m not one of those shy, retiring, subdued kind of girls. My laugh has a tendency to burst out and I can’t help it. My co-workers comment on it all the time. And my new patients. And random people at the grocery store. And people at church that look weirdly at me when the priest tells a good joke. Just part of who I am.

      • No. I’ve only been on a plane once. :\ But you’d have an awesome person everywhere you go. Worth every penny. πŸ™‚

        See, you just did it. I laughed all the way front the fourth sentence. Haha I was going to say poor Amy for all the looks you probably get, but I think it’s great.

      • I’m used to the looks, trust me. A friend and I went for a bike ride on the trail by my apartment last night, and we were the only ones wearing helmets. Of course we looked dorky, but safety first! And the looks we got were hilarious! One guy nearly biked off the trail into the river! I about died laughing.

      • Ahahaha stop it! I’m laughing way too hard at this. At you and the guy almost in the river. The only people on bikes who should wear helmets are those guys who wear those professional looking suits and ride on the street. NOT on a trail. Haha I would have laughed too. And pointed.

      • And I would have run you off the road. And then laughed in YOUR face!!! BAH!

        I was hit by a car when I was biking as a young teenager. And I’ve treated way too many people with brain injuries from not wearing helmets. So I wear one. Every time I bike. I’m even tempted to wear one when I bike at the gym. Heheheehe…

        Don’t worry, I don’t wear the elbow pads, knee pads, or those funny clip-on biking shoes. I’m not that cool.

      • Geez! I didn’t say I was going to cause you serious bodily harm. You and your violence are never far away.

        Welllll okay. I get that. I had a REALLY serious biking accident when I was a kid but I think I was too young for it to affect me later.

        Oh my goodness! Ahahaha if you wore a helmet on a bike at the gym, I don’t….I’d say take a picture and write a blog post or email it to me so I could laugh hysterically at your expense.

        Thankfully. You have some limits.

      • Oh… if I pulled off that helmet trick at the gym, I guarantee I’d have someone snap a picture in all my sweaty glory and paste it all over the interwebs for everyone to enjoy. I’m not ashamed.

        I meant I would have “accidentally” run you into the river, like that other dude. And you shouldn’t be surprised by my violence. But no worries. I only ever type it. I never actually put it into action.

      • So you would do it on purpose? That’s just mean. I laugh at everything you say.

        Oh! But I did just think of something about Houston. Since you like biking, I think I heard on the news that the city has the most park space than any other city in the country. Or something like that. Plenty of area for you to go biking! Score another for Houston!

      • Go, Houston! If only they had a hockey team…

        And come on. I’d never hurt anybody on purpose. Unless they attacked me first. But we’ve already had the conversation about my fighting skills.

      • Houston is going to win. I know it. We had a minor league or independent team, whatever it was, but I think they left the city. And they played right here in Sugar Land! But who the heck wants to go to a hockey game when it’s 90Β°outside.

        I don’t know that for sure. You could secretly be a third degree black belt for all I know.

      • Ummm… I would! Didn’t you pay attention when I said I hate being hot? I’d rather be in a nice, cool ice arena screaming my guts out at the guys on the rink while they do battle over a round chunk of galvanized rubber. Yep. That sounds awesome.

        And, no. I’d probably injure myself (again) if I tried any karate moves. But I’m a pretty sweet swimmer and I rock at balance since I trip over my own feet so much. Does that count for anything?

      • Hmm. I did. Well, the ice rink thing is still there. Instead of watching hockey, you could go ice skating. But I don’t know that I’d join you. Cause I’ve never been and I’d probably fall. A lot. I wouldn’t much like that.

        Hmm. Let’s hope you never experience that whole fight or flight thing. Cause you’ll be thinking….I can run and probably get away…if I don’t trip. Haha

      • Yeah… I probably wouldn’t make it. Stupid feet.

        And although I love hockey, I haven’t been skating in years. So you could probably watch from the sidelines as I trip all over myself. Again.

      • And I’d secretly record it so I could upload to YouTube for all to see. Then feature it in a blog post. Then you’d become famous for tripping on your own feet and someone would bestow an internet celebrity name upon you. All while no one gives me my due credit for recording the whole thing in the first place.

      • Fine. A reality show wedding is out of the question then.

        Wanna hear something funny? I tell people who don’t read my blog that I’m WordPress famous. πŸ™‚ haha and they believe me! Cause I know one girl who has like 25,000 followers on Instagram cause she’s an attractive girl and guys are weird, but most people can’t say they have 1100 followers on anything. I’m famous. πŸ™‚

      • Oh be quiet. See, WHEN you come to Houston you can bring my book and you’ll even have my autograph! πŸ™‚

        Number of followers doesn’t matter. I have like 600-700 who have never done anything but hit follow. You see the commenters are almost always the same people everyday. Eh. Your blog is my favorite. And I follow way too many.

        I should have known. You and TV don’t like each other. Oh well.

      • Aww… I bet you say that to all the weirdo blogger girls who post silly things, trip over their own feet, hate tv, reread books, read multiple books at one time, have a strange obsession with their air conditioners, love hockey, and have violent streaks. Right???

      • Sooo I just got off work and was thinking of actual stuff in Houston I could tell you about, even though we know you’re coming here eventually.

        The museum district. Seriously, there are so many museums that I don’t even know all their names. It’s amazing. The Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Natural Science are two you have to go to.

        The Houston Public Library. Again, there are so many branches that I don’t even know the exact number. But you have to like libraries. I do. I just don’t go cause I buy.

        I know every major city has fancy restaurants, BUT I’ve seen some of them first hand here. My favorite, even though it’s considered a chain, is Perry’s Steakhouse. I’ve been to two. One was nice. One was oh my god, this is amazing! They have their wine right in the middle of their dining room and it’s the coolest thing ever. I’ve been three times for special occasions. If you remember, it’s in my book!

        And the zoo is great. And aquarium. And traffic isn’t so bad outside of rush hour in the morning and afternoons. And I’m all out of things cause I’m getting sleepy.

        Oh, AND me. πŸ™‚

      • All of which are great reasons to come visit!

        And I DO remember Perry’s Steakhouse from your book. Before you reminded me, I read the name of it and was like… hmm.. that sounds familiar. Haha!

        I love museums. I’ve been to the Louvre and it was awesome!! But I love American history, as well.

        And of course I like libraries. DUH! How could you even doubt?!?!?!!

        I don’t think I’ve ever been to an aquarium. A real one outside of a zoo. Which doesn’t count.

        Everything sounds awesome!

        If you’re napping, I have to tell you that I took a nap today, too!! WOOHOO!! After a week of multiple twelve hour work days, and then my body hating me by only letting me sleep five hours last night, it was definitely needed.

      • Well of course they are. πŸ™‚

        That place is AH-MAZING. And who doesn’t like seeing the waiter or whomever climbing the little ladder to reach an expensive bottle of wine? It’s so cool. Even though I don’t drink.

        I don’t know what that is. It looks….French? Someone told me recently that going to museums is boring. I thought I was having a nightmare.

        I know! Sorry!

        And you can walk through the whole aquarium in like thirty minutes, BUT if you pay like five dollars extra or something you get to see sharks! I went in October but I didn’t see them. I want to.

        Hahaha yesss πŸ™‚ I love naps. Immensely.

        Is your picture now flowers? Are you a flower? Who blogs. That would be cool.

      • Haha! No, I’m not a flower. But that’d be cool. Maybe I should write a story from the perspective of a flower.

        I was going to put a real picture of me up there, but I chickened out. I just thought I needed something more summery. That other one was a bit dark, but it’s from my favorite TV show. One of the only I watch.

        YAY sharks! As long there’s a thick slab of something between me and them.

      • Maybe you should. But I don’t know how many agents would have a chance at selling that to a publisher. But go right ahead.

        You’re lame. I think of it as more spring-y, but eh, what do I know? You mean you actually watch a TV show!? Which one?

        Well I think it’s one of those ginormous tanks that you get to walk through. Or under. Or it might be that you get to sit in something and ride through? I don’t know. BUT sharks! That’s all I need. Haha

      • I watch Downton Abbey. It’s set about 100 years ago, so you can see my reason for liking it.

        As for me being lame… I’m such a girl about putting up my picture. Because I’m self-conscious. Go ahead and tease me. I know you want to.

      • I know it’s popular, but I have no idea what it’s about.

        Hmm. Yes, I’m going to tease you, but first a story. Isn’t it a complete no-no for a guy to tell a girl she looks tired? Cause what he’s really saying is how come she’s not wearing any makeup. Or something. Anyway, someone told me I look tired this morning and I tweeted a joke that they were obviously calling me ugly. So yeah, not a funny story.

        But every girl who ever lived has been self conscious. Bleh. The worst is when you have an attractive, funny, intelligent girl who thinks she’s like the worst person ever. I don’t get it.

        You shouldn’t be. That’s all. See, I didn’t even make a joke.

      • Oooo… you’re smooth, man. Didn’t crack a single joke. That’s talent and intuition for ya.

        I don’t think anyone should tell anyone else they look tired. Unless they’re truly concerned for their welfare. Like, since you sleep 10 hours a day, if you really were super tired, I’d wonder what was wrong. Don’t take it personally. People tell me that all the time. Even when I AM wearing makeup. Probably because I am tired a lot.

        And i don’t think I’m the worst ever. I have an awesome personality, if a little quirky, and I’m confident about a lot of things. But, you’ve inspired me. Maybe I’ll add a pic or two to my About Me page.

        And to reply to your other comment… I won’t even try to deny my lameness. My helmet is pretty sweet. Blue and black and kind of wavy looking. No lightning bolts, though. But now I might go get some stickers for it!! So, thanks for the idea!! πŸ™‚

      • Hmm. You’re right. No telling that to anyone. Got it.

        Inspired you? Look at me over here living up to my nickname. πŸ™‚ You should.

        Ahaha if you add a picture, have it be one with your helmet and new stickers on. Haha so I can laugh at you. Some more. πŸ˜‰

      • Man… the things you’ll do to get a laugh.

        I’m flipping through my pics. I’ve been debating for a few weeks about putting my real face on my blog, especially since I finally owned up to my writing on FB a couple months ago.

        I just like the anonymity sometimes, you know? It’s so easy these days to find out everything about people. It’s kind of nice being invisible for a little while.

        And I wouldn’t go out and willy nilly buy stickers. So that pic will be long in coming. I told you before that I like fashion, so I’ll have to seriously consider the helmet bling before I add it. Maybe I should go research it right now!

      • πŸ™‚ I already told you like laughing.

        Exactly. No reason to hide behind the wall of anonymity anymore. I honestly don’t like when bloggers are completely anonymous. Unless they’re writing some inappropriate stuff or anything to do with erotica, then okay. But obviously you aren’t. Eh. That’s just me.

        Speaking of knowing everything about people, do you ever Google yourself? Haha. I search for my name sometimes. I feel famous when I see all the stuff that comes up.

        Ahaha “helmet bling.” Don’t you dare research those stickers. Haha

        Oh! And I was trying to comment on your other post, but my phone was being stupid. I’ll wait a little and try again.

      • Oh, don’t blame your phone.

        And no, I don’t google my name. Mostly because I’m afraid of what I’ll find. I shouldn’t be. I mean, I’m the biggest goodie two-shoes I know, so why would I be afraid? But meh. I’m not the most trusting person, I think.

      • You’re right. Stupid WordPress app.

        Hmm. There used to be nothing for me. My dad would come up and that was about it. Now I see blog posts, my picture, my book, and my website. How fun.

      • Well… la dee dah for you. I don’t have a website. Or a book. And I keep my FB settings on the most secure I can, so people are rarely able to find me on there.

        Now I’m tempted to google myself, but I’m still leery.

      • Good choice there. There are some weird people on there. Which is why you should switch to Twitter! πŸ™‚

        I just did. Haha but I’m not telling what I found. That doesn’t sound creepy at all.

      • Haha! I made you nervous, admit it. You thought I was going to flip a lid, didn’t you?

        I thought it was funny. But you forced me to google myself and find that mostly everything there is harmless. So thank God for that.

      • I’m not. 😦 I thought you were mad. Then I thought some real yelling was on the way. Then I thought you wouldn’t talk to me. This was in like a two second span. Stop laughing!

      • Aww… sorry. Seriously. It took me by surprise at first. Then after two seconds of thought, I was fine with it. No biggie. I’m not laughing anymore, I promise.

      • Hehe. Yeah, I’m not that talented. And I’m only posting flattering pictures at this point. Me on my bike with my nerdy helmet doesn’t exactly qualify yet.

      • Why are you shocked by the gummy bear? You already know I’m a kook.

        And I thought it was funny. Seriously, it was the biggest gummy bear I’ve ever seen.

        Did you read the page or just look at the pics?

      • Didn’t think you were. I’ll just do the whole gym selfie and put it on here. Haha I laugh at people who take those. Funny thing is that girls look at themselves in the mirror just as much as guys do even though guys always get criticized for that. Haha

  2. Washington! The state, not DC. And western Washington, not eastern. It stays in the 70s and 80s in the summer (90 is ridiculously hot here, which makes me, as a California girl, laugh a lot). There are beautiful trees EVERYWHERE. It’s seriously like living in a forest everywhere you go, and the hikes are amazing. Seattle has a ton of super awesome things to do, like the Space Needle, the Seattle underground, Pike Place market (where they throw fish!), and lots of other things. The ferries are fun, and there are a lot of cool little shops that you can walk to from the ferry. There’s also a place called the Olympia Game Farm where you can drive through and feed bears and bison and llamas and things like that. And the bison will come stick their heads in your car window. Also, the Seattle Public Library is HUGE and always has cool things going on.

    In short, Washington is amazing. And if you end up here, let me know, and I’ll show you all the best ice cream places and stuff like that. πŸ™‚

      • I would say between June and September. Those are the months with the least rain, and September is beautiful. But spring is nice too, with everything in bloom. Just don’t come in the winter. Eternal rain during the winter is the price we pay for having so much green here.

      • I love the fall! And I think I get moody with rain. I don’t know if I’d be able to live with it that much. But the summer sounds beautiful! I can’t wait to see it someday!

      • Generally a good rule πŸ™‚ but the bears at Olympia Game Farm are retired performing bears, so they’re pretty much there to be fed by tourists and wave at them.

      • Awww!!! That’s so cute! I love animals, and they play a very vivid and crucial part to my MG fantasy series. So it’d be great to get some real interaction with them! Especially since many of the animals in the story are mythological or from my imagination. Having something real to base their actions on would be fabulous!

        I’m telling you this is getting really hard to choose where to go first. I have a list of top ten, and they’re all #1!!! Haha!

      • Yeah, it seems to work out pretty well for everyone. They get a cushy retirement home, and we get to fulfill our lifelong dreams of disobeying the “Do Not Feed the Bears” signs. πŸ™‚

  3. I’m from Sydney, Australia and everyone knows how great it is so no need to brag, insteed I thought I’d recommend a place I visited in the U.S.A which I loved. It was a forest/national park in North/South Carolina, it was picturesque, yet eerie, great for writing inspiration. It’s huge and I stayed in a cabin in the forest, but when the mist came in through the forest in the morning it was breathtaking.

    • That sounds awesome! I have been to South Carolina multiple times (I have an aunt who lives there), and it is beautiful. Especially the mountains. But I also love Charleston because it’s so historic. And I just LOVE history! Thanks for the idea!

      • THE only places worth your time in SC: Charleston and the LOWER coast, not up near any of that Myrtle Beach Sprawl, and Greenville and the Upstate. Both areas have cities on the forefront, nationally, in loads of things we cool trendy (internet-loving) people do when we’re not blogging. πŸ˜‰

        And I am way jealous that a Sheila took my answer! You only beat me by 45 minutes, Bookgirl! If you were in the forests among the mountains, just as the mountains rise out of SC and continue to grow slightly higher into NC, then you were in my homeland! I am overwhelmingly proud of my eco-geo-roots, and I just won’t shut up about it. In fact, my wife, who is from middle GA, where I live now, and is used to 100+ F summers, hates that I would rather be in the never-100-F-ever Appalachians, instead of near her family.

        Take Bookgirl’s advice AND mind, and go to Asheville, NC, now, quick, before any more time goes by!! Amazing and unique art of EVERY kind, views to die for, hikes for all ability levels, and to the west or so, the oldest forest on the continent (I think. Joyce Kilmer State Park – google That!)!! Can’t be beat. Also, Greenville is less than an hour from Asheville. Two amazing, irreplaceable cities, any day of the week.

      • What an amazing description of an area I love so well!

        I have NEVER been to Myrtle Beach, and have absolutely no desire to go. I LOVE Charleston. I’ve always said that if I can ever afford a winter home somewhere (unlikely), that it’d be in Charleston or close by.

        And I have been to Asheville! Not for long, but my sister and I went to the Biltmore Estate in October!!! AH!!! So beautiful! But we were on our way to Hilton Head (way overrated), and couldn’t stay to see the rest of the town.

        My aunt lives in Rock Hill, SC, just south of Charlotte, and it’s nice there, too. And if I could live in the mountains, I’d do it in a minute. I adore Michigan, but the closest thing we have to mountains are some really tall, rocky hills.

        Man, this is going to be so hard to pick where to go first!

      • Yes, Charleston is an amazing area! I used to live in Savannah, and it is quite similar, but of course the two are unique and uniquely different. The Biltmore Estate is a very cool place, and certainly setting the bar high for Hilton Head! LOL My feelings about HHI are mixed, since I used to go there all the time growing up, but now it is just a little full of itself, and not quite keeping up with its own hype…. Maybe that was just my experience last month…..

      • I was there at the end of October. It was nice enough, but I liked Beaufort and Savannah much better. HHI was way more modern and overdone. Just a personal observation. If that’s what people like, go for it. I’m just more of a fan of nature and history.

      • Exactly! Which is why SAV and Charleston have it all! Mostly. I am actually a mountain man, myself, boy what gave that away, so I have never been as interested in the beach as in the boulders….

  4. Without knowing where you were from I was totally going to say, MICHIGAN! But seriously, the Upper Peninsula! The islands, the boats, the history, the lighthouses, the waterfalls – I can never get enough!

    I’ve also enjoyed the mountains of West Virginia and the beaches of Virginia. Have fun!

    • Great ideas! And I spent four summers in the Upper Peninsula working at a camp. So I’ve explored that quite a bit, but I still love to go and repeat all the experiences.

      I went cliff diving. A BIG thing for an introvert, non-danger-seeking person. I thought I’d have a heart attack, but it was worth it for the experience.

      • Oh, it’s the best.

        I once jumped off a 50 foot cliff into the Potomac River outside Washington DC. Terrifying, but I agree – worth it for the experience. Not something I could do again, but I’m glad I did it once!

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