For today’s post I’m joining in not one but two blog hops, so read on to grab the linky lists and meet up with some new bloggers! First of all, I bring you, a murder-mystery about stamps…

I write this as part of the Thursday’s Children blog hop, a weekly ‘what inspires you’ meme hosted by Rhiann Wynn-Nolet of A Nest of WordsThe thoughts, trivia and tidbits she comes up with are absolutely fascinating, so don’t forget to check it out. Now technically what inspired me this Thursday actually happened a few weeks ago, when I posted this tweet to promote my latest blog post:
Katherine Amabel ‏@KatherineAmabel
Effective blog content doesn’t necessarily include your week at the community center learning about stamp collections:
and then this popped up as a reply:
Rhiann Wynn-Nolet @RhiannWynnNolet
@KatherineAmabel Lol. Unless it inspires a pageturner about a stamp so prized numismatists will kill to possess it #crazedcollectors
Inspired? You bet I was. (Once I Googled numismatist, of course). And the next thing you know, a whirlwind of creativity took place:

Dodgy screenshots brought to you by me, the incompetent blogger. J
And there you have it – a piece of improvised collaborative flash twitter fiction (or the script for an entire series of Days of Our Lives). It was also a wake-up call to the fact that one of the greatest sources of inspiration out there is other writers. I’ve probably overlooked that a lot in the past, seeing writers as sources of feedback and advice but not necessarily ideas, and now I’m thinking maybe we should aim for more conversations like that. At best, we’ll get a novel out of it. At worst, at least it makes us look busy when it’s time for housework.
So here’s an idea for you – there’s a snowglobe on my desk. Is it smashed? Full of miniature people? A murderer’s calling card? Tell me in the comments! And while we’re on the subject of being thankful for our writing comrades, that brings me to the Thanksgiving blog hop hosted by the amazing Brenda Drake!
Clearly what I’m thankful for are other writers, bloggers, critique partners, patient-family-members-who-read-your-first-draft-before-you-realise-it’s-painfully-cringeworthy-and-shouldn’t-ever-be-read-by-anyone-including-yourself, and all the wonderful people supporting us. One such person is Aimee L Salter, who has agreed to be interviewed this week for my Interview With A Blogpire series, which features successful bloggers and their tips for building author platforms. So stick around for that, and in the meantime you can check out my first Interview with a Blogpire, starring Brenda Drake herself. How neatly wrapped up is that?

P.S. Linky links!

Thursday’s Children Blog Hop