I keep telling myself I need to carry around a tiny notebook to jot down my ideas (not altogether likely)--or use the memo app. on my cell phone (far less likely)-- and I do these things when I remember to; however, I have the horrible feeling that most of my story glitters just get vacuumed up and forgotten about.
In god-thing: and other weird & worrisome tales I have 5 specific memories that served as images or story concepts.
1. The opening image in "The Fortune Teller" is a a sign on the front of Madame Lamar's house. This entire story was inspired by a similar sign I used to pass frequently on the outskirts of Columbus, Mississippi.
2. "The Cupboard" was the first of the stories I wrote that wound up in god-thing. Sadly, it was based on the situation faced by my once next-door neighbor, Susan. Susan was a retired nurse who worked full time taking care of both of her Alzheimer's-stricken parents and a stray, orange cat. In her dementia, Susan's mother was convinced there was a head in her kitchen cupboard. Nothing else in my story is "real" however.
3. "Bugaboo" -- I just love this word. According to Merrian-Webster.com, it means, "an imaginary object of fear" or "something that causes fear or distress out of proportion to its importance," but I thought it would be fun to make it something truly worthy of fear, and that's how I came up with "Bugaboo." (The variant of "bugaboo" is "bugabear" which is also a marvelous word, but was a little too whimsical for my purposes.)