I have been looking at this today:
and feeling sad that it is just pictures. Each one is a story begging to be told.
There are a few extra pictures on this site:
I used to make “mood boards” when I was in high school, when I wanted inspiration for stories or characters or places. It was usually a folder filled with magazine clippings like Clinique ads. I guess I liked the earrings or the hairstyles or the dresses and thought I would use them for Princess So-and-So, or when Girl Pirate Blah-Blah sneaks into a coronation. I don’t recall actually using them. Thinking back, the only thing I really remember is my mom asking me what was I collecting all this stuff for. In a way that seemed like she thought maybe I was a hoarder.
For this and many other more important reasons (laziness!), I haven’t bothered with mood boards for a long time. Stuff has lived in my head just fine, thank you. I feel like if I ever need some good inspiration, I will borrow from my friend Kate on Pinterest, because she keeps saving all these cool pictures. She has good taste. But a few of these pictures above made me wonder if I shouldn’t start up again. I mean, a few of them look like they would be great in a story about Girl Pirate.