Inspired Through Fiction


I was drawing and listening to the Les Mis soundtrack when I thought I’d create a fun custom type treatment.

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.

Les Mis – no matter what form – has always inspired me. I downloaded the book onto my Kindle over Christmas and plan to read through it all. I saw the musical in London back in 2007 and it’s probably one of the few fictional story lines to affect me in such a deep way.

For most of my adult life, I’ve scoffed at watching movies. I blame the fact that my attention span has grown shorter (ahem, Twitter). But lately I’ve allowed myself  to become inspired by fictional stories. To become engulfed, really. Books, movies and shows. Adam and I watched the first 2.5 seasons of The Walking Dead over a really short amount of time. The combination of fear, suspense and intrigue was so stimulating.

I’ve now realize that I shouldn’t (and can’t) be cramming information into my brain 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I need to shut off that part of my mind in order for new ideas to organically grow. That’s what art is for. Whether it’s a Rothko, a musical or a show about zombies – I plan to let my imagination run free more often in 2013.

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Comments (18)

  • I LOVE this Allie!
    And yes let your imagination run free in 2013 and beyond! :)

  • aw, that little drawing!

  • I love this Allie!

    EEhhhmm PS. Will you be making your custom lettering into a poster/postcard we can purchase? Think you should! ;)

  • I’d pay good money to have that hanging up in my house, it’s simple & lovely.

  • Love the print, and I couldn’t agree more with your thoughts on letting your mind be free. I am learning to cherish time away from the computer more and more these days.

  • I couldn’t agree more. I recently did a big review of 17 movies I watch in January and a small part of me thought, boy I wonder what people will think. But really fiction is my escape, especially through books, but also movies and tv. We are constantly in the go, go, go mode and like I mentioned in my latest post, we have to take moments to breathe. Often it’s those moments, like pointed out in the book “Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative,” that give us “light-bulb thoughts” because our mind is wandering. It’s especially when we are only doing something like the dishes that our mind wanders and we begin to think of amazing things. So great post and I just couldn’t agree more!

  • Love your lettering!
    I sometimes feel guilty about absorbing fiction material with the false assumption that I should be out there learning concrete facts/information. But then I realize that I also learn so much when reading/watching fiction. I’ve learned so much about personalities, different societies/cultures, etc from reading fictional books and watching movies. Definitely a worthwhile time investment.

    • That is SO true. It’s fun to watch other creative work – in different forms! And thanks for your kind words!

  • Could not agree more! Even the most seemingly light hearted book can bombard you with some amazing bits of information and food for thought, in this case I am talking about ‘Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares’. :] I shall be joining you on that journey to read though Les Mis. My friend was amazing enough to buy the book for me for Christmas. Cannot wait to find sometime (hopefully Easter) to read it! Hope you enjoy the read!

  • I agree – if this becomes a print, let us know!

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