Nothing like a train ride to stir the creative senses. You can assign intrigue to nearly everything that happens on a train. Murder mystery? Passionate, doomed romance? Spy thriller? I fell in love on a train from Nice to Cannes. I wonder what she's up to now.
I will take the train with the longest trip time. Between Boston and New York that will probably be around 4 hours which should give me time to write and observe. My two tricks on the train are to ride in the cafe car for a while and to sit in the four seat/table arrangement. I've met Australian members of parliament and dairy farmers from Wisconsin. Last time I sat across from a girl so beautiful and mysterious that she stayed in my mind for days afterward.
MUST get something down on paper for this novel idea but I had to put some distance between myself and the initial inspiration, therefore I don't consider this time wasted. I like to come up with an idea and then allow my relentless self-censoring to have time to pick it apart. If it survives, it becomes something I have faith in.
This current idea has been brewing for so long that I feel it's taken on a life of its own, and that is exciting.
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