RTW: Picture This

Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors and followers post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on their blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This week's topic: Share some images that inspire your WIP(s)

Alas, we got a new computer over the weekend and haven't transferred the hard drive with all my pix on it yet, so I didn't have any photos to tie into my novel Spirits from the Vasty Deep. But, I have blogged pretty extensively on the source of my inspiration for the setting of Crow's Rest, my WIP.

Here are a few pix you may not have seen:


This one's from an earlier post where I was messing around with dummy covers for Crow's Rest.


An exterior view of Preston Castle in Ione, formerly the Preston School of Industry


This is an interior shot of the castle's basement, and it showcases the mixture of decay, beautiful textures, and atmosphere that made me so inspired to set part of my novel here. This is one of my favorite photos I've ever taken.

And I think I'll leave you with that pic, but if you want to see more Preston Castle pix you can go to my gallery. Can't wait to see everyone else's photos!

12 comments:

Sarah Enni said...

Oooh, I really love the last one. You're right that the mix of textures and contrast of decay with the image of a bath tub... very muse-worthy!

Rachel Brooks said...

I love the picture of Preston Castle. It makes me want to pack my bags and go visit it! ;)

Sarah said...

Oooh, I want to take a vacation to Preston Castle, too.

Tracey Neithercott said...

Count me in on the vacation. That place looks amazing. I love the last photo, too. It may be decaying but it's just beautiful.

danaalisonlevy said...

The whole place looks AMAZING but I love that interior shot the most - somehow it's the most evocative to me!

Rachael said...

Wow that castle is beautiful! I can see why it would be an inspiring setting

Eliza Tilton said...

I love castles : )

Angelica R. Jackson said...

Our YA crit group took a road trip to the castle last month, but it sounds like we need to schedule another one for everyone!

The Preston Castle Foundation is slowly restoring the interior, and I find myself torn about it. I certainly want them to preserve the building, but I love seeing the unadulterated version.

I would almost like to see something like Bodie State Historic Park, where things are maintained in a state of arrested decay. Unfortunately with Preston Castle, there are large portions (2 floors) that aren't even safe to go into so that's probably not practical.

Thanks for all the comments, everyone!

Katy Upperman said...

I'm definitely intrigued... So pretty! That last one is frame-able!

Miss Cole said...

I am going to check out the album tomorrow but WOW! What an amazing place! I absolutely love abandoned buildings. I'm going to love looking at more images!

Lora said...

What an incredible castle! It makes me really want to read your WIP and check out the story set in a place like this.

Angelica R. Jackson said...

All these comments have me itching to pick up Crow's Rest again, but I'm still working on revisions for Spirits from the Vasty Deep. But I'm not abandoning CR, just switching gears . . . at least that's what I keep telling the characters when they try to get my attention.

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