Road Trip Wednesday: Images and Imagination

Road Trip Wednesday is a “Blog Carnival,” where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs.

This Week’s Topic:

What images inspire/ represent your WIP or favorite book?

Several months ago, my hubs wanted me to play Machinarium, a new game he discovered on iPad2. At first, I wasn’t interested, knowing how addictive game playing would be for me, and I needed to work on my then-rough-draft of WIP2. But then, he opened up the game, and promptly sat the iPad2 on my lap. This was the image that greeted me:


It reminded me of the landscape that I saw in my mind’s eye of WIP2’s opening scene, that I was compelled to play the game. (Plus, the robot character is really cute. I talk more about the game HERE.)

The above image was the first ever visual representation I had for my WIP. I mean, I became thoroughly addicted to Pinterest well before Machinarium, but the images on my board capture more of the mood or science-y aspects of WIP2, but nothing as close to capturing an actual setting that had only lived in my mind as Machinarium’s Junkyard scene.

Over time, I eventually stumbled upon this picture:


It’s like a world within a world, right? It also captures the scenes leading up to The End of my story.

Cool, huh? So, now you can kinda see what the beginning and end(ish) images are for WIP2. For more images that capture the mood of WIP2, visit my pinterest board HERE.

So how about you? What images inspire/represent your WIP or favorite book?


11 thoughts on “Road Trip Wednesday: Images and Imagination

  1. Ollin says:

    Hey Liza. This is so funny because I literally watched Blade Runner for the first time last week or so. I kinda was disappointed seeing as the movie supposedly inspired Battlestar Galactica my favorite show of all time. My favorite part was Edward James Olmos as Gaffe. I totally wanted to have his wardrobe. And he didn’t speak the whole move but what presence! I loved that. But the movie, eh. Haha.

    • Liza Kane says:

      Yay, BSG! Loved the original AND reloaded versions! Now I want to host a BSG marathon…

      I hear you about Blade Runner, though–the execution was a little “eh” but I still enjoyed the concept and themes! It’s deserving of its cult status in that regard (still kinda hoping someone gets to that flying car and robot servant thing…) 😉

  2. Amanda Olivieri (@xamandaolivieri) says:

    Ahhh great pictures! I love inspiring pictures, but I’m pretty lazy when it comes to Pinterest. Though my WIP is based on a real place, so I can go visit it for inspiration if I want to 🙂 Also? When you wrote “Machinarium’s Junkyard” my interest was piqued so intensely! Awesome name!

  3. Elodie says:

    Wow, both pictures look quite amazing – the first one makes me think a bit about Wall-E 😉 and the second one really takes my breath away! Quite intrigued about your WiP now!

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