I've found it more difficult to be inspired this week, too. It's interesting that the more obscure bands people have nominated are easier to write about. The more well known bands are harder, as are those bands that I've been a fan of for years (e.g. Ozric Tentacles).
Monday's band was Roxy Music, nominated by Janet O'Kane, whom I met at last year's Harrogate Crime Writers' Festival. I wrote a sad story of just over 1,000 words, called Angel Eyes and based on Bryan Ferry's parents. I managed to reference a few of Roxy's song lyrics, too, but the story focuses on a middle-aged couple who rekindle their relationship after their adult children have left home.
Tuesday's band was The Moody Blues. I chose to write about a mother whose child has been abducted. It's called Go Now. I still haven't finished it. The story currently stands at about 850 words. I got carried away with the story and have hardly referenced the band or their song lyrics at all. That's probably why I got stuck! Janice Rosser nominated this band.
Celia Joy Anderson nominated this band and she said the end result made her laugh and suggested I send it to Roger Daltrey. I'd referenced a lot of Who lyrics in this one and set the story in the early 60s when the Mods and Rockers clashed on Brighton beach.
And then it was Friday and Ozric Tentacles, nominated by Dr Suzanne Conboy-Hill. Ozrics are one of my favourite bands and there's a lot of emotional baggage attached to them in that I was first introduced to their music by my late husband, Phill and it was the 18th anniversary of his untimely death on Friday. Marry those two facts together and you can imagine the emotional fall-out. As an extra twist, my husband, Nige first introduced the band to Phill and has always been a huge Ozrics fan. We even got to meet them once, backstage at Rock City, Nottingham. I started a story, which was semi-autobiographical and it became so painful to write, that after 724 words, I had to stop. I can't even 'go there' even after all this time.
And to finish off... some good news! The story I wrote based on Gay Bykers On Acid came 3rd in last week's Write Invite. I didn't won any money, but gained a few more points on the league table. This is the first of my band stories to enjoy success. Let's hope there'll be a few more.
Oh, and I still haven't finished my Thin Lizzy story nor the one based on Big Country, which looks like the beginning of a novel! I really need to address those two bands this week. Wish me luck!