Holiday Writing Inspiration When I go on holiday, even though I leave the writing behind I always find myself stumbling across inspiration. Of note this time… Walking with (slightly unconvincing) dinosaurs, great for ideas for monsters. One scientist’s idea of intelligent life evolving from dinosaurs. Star of some future story. Dorchester’s teddy bear museum, a place of the uncanny and of many terrible bear-related puns. For any Thomas Hardy fans out there, this is the family of the Bear of Casterbridge. Because Bear = Mayor, and Casterbridge was based on Dorchester. Funny, right? Right? Why are you not laughing? I did. Why yes, a soft toy of an infamous sadist sounds like an excellent idea. That’s a brilliantly wrong juxtaposition of elements. A tree with a scarf. I love it when random creativity escapes into the world like this. Not story inspiration but I made all my old Lego! And half my brother’s! And a new set I bought! So much fun. Finally, the best cheesecake I’ve ever tasted, and I eat a lot of cheesecake. If you’re ever in Dorchester, check out the Old Tea House.