Dr Tanya poses her last question of four today:
Does what you read influence or inspire what you write?
Simple answer YES, as my post on a news headline yesterday showed.
However, not everything I read will generate inspiration.
Anything I read about budgets or food diaries is likely to trigger a response from me in the way of a post.
If I were a stick of rock, I would probably have BUDGET or FRUGAL written right through me (or maybe even TIGHT for those who don’t know me very well). Never having a lot of money spare, I have always had to make the housekeeping stretch, and in many ways be inventive with it. Even when we were both earning good money, this was the norm for us and not actually a hardship, which is just as well.
Sometimes I cannot get my head round the way people live on high incomes and yet moan about not being able to make ends meet. I have strong opinions on that, and it does not stem from envy or jealousy that they have what we do not, just that they do not appear to have lived without as we have, and thus take so much for granted.
Another subject is pets, especially dogs. I love dogs and often wish we had been able to open a dog kennels (not necessarily for breeding) as we once considered doing. I have worked in a kennels for a couple who had Crufts champions in their line, and was saddened that these cute little furballs were nothing more than a money making commodity.
Reading about animal abuse of any kind upsets me, so I avoid it.