I have been insanely busy. The kind of busy where you’re too exhausted to do much of anything else but sleep. Part of this is because I’ve been having to work far more double shifts than I’m accustomed to. The other half is because I have new responsibilities with Month9Books and Swoon Romance that I’m still adjusting into my schedule; which, by the way, I’m absolutely loving and learning so much from!
When you’re tired, bone-deep tired, inspiration seems as likely as spotting a unicorn. I’ve been struggling with finding the willpower and creativity to write new words into a new project. Its been pretty daunting. I can’t even recount how many nights have passed with me blankly staring at an open Word document and eventually giving up to go crawl into bed.
Listening to music hasn’t been doing the trick for me of late. One of the nights where I’d spent an hour staring at a blank document only to surrender and slink over to the couch to watch Hulu Plus, I found a new source of inspiration. I chanced upon an anime that really sparked my interest.
It’s called The Rose of Versailles. If you’re into anime, especially one set during the French Revolution, I strongly recommend this series. It has a tragic ending that made me bawl like a baby. Maybe that’s why I loved it so much. I can’t even remember the last time a book or show really elicited a real emotional response from me.
Not only that, but The Rose of Versailles is all about empowering women. The main character is named Oscar François de Jarjayes, a girl raised as a man to become her father’s successor as head of the Palace Guards. Oscar is openly admired by other women in the series, both because she is so “dashing and beautiful” and due to her freedoms as a “man”.
After I finished watching this show, I immediately felt reinvigorated to start on my two WIPs once more. It even gave me an idea for a new third WIP. While this may sound odd to some to have been inspired by an anime, it’s really no different than feeling creative after reading an awesome book or watching an incredible movie.
So, are any other Thursday’s Children participants fans of anime? Do you have any recommendations to make?
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