Inspiring Images: Genesis

Today’s inspiring image is one that I have always thought was just super cool. I found it so long ago that I cannot remember where I first saw it. If you know who this is by, could you let me know so I can give them credit?

Anyway, every now and then an image will just spark a complete sentence, full-on, completely formed, in my mind. This is one of those times. I liked the quote it inspired so much, that I use it in The Minstrel’s Song book #4 – I’m going to have to have a title reveal for that one pretty soon! One of the things I do differently in this final chapter of The Minstrel’s Song is I begin some of my chapters with little quotes or profound sayings. Since I didn’t want to go to great lengths to get the rights to a bunch of real quotes, I made up all of my own. This one had been hanging around in my head for so long, that I decided to work it into the history and mythology of Tellurae Aquaous, simply so I could use it.

And, without further ado, the image and the quotation it sparked.



“Within the cathedral of time the universe swirls in a vortex and falls, one drop at a time, into the universe. This is the great paradox whereby which nothing old is lost and nothing new is gained.”

~Morathi, circa 990

Who is or was Morathi? He was a wizard who had a young apprentice who was a good friend of Kiernan Kane’s. And, apparently, he said some profoundly confusing things. But that’s all I know about him.

Have you ever seen something that just sparked a phrase or a poem that came to you and was whole and perfect just the way it was? I’d love to hear about it!

~ jenelle


DJ Edwardson

While I can’t say that I remember an image inspiring a specific quote or poem, various images have definitely inspired me to write certain characters or settings based on the way an image looked.

That said, I love that quote of yours. Now I know where the phrase “cathedral of time” comes from! So very good of you to share this!


Ah, yes! For those who have followed me since the days of my old blogspot blog! This is indeed where the phrase “cathedral of time” came from! I had almost forgotten about that! Thanks for reminding me!

J. L. Mbewe

Very cool! Landscape images inspire me to create various terrains in my worlds I’ve created/am creating. Once I was driving home and I heard the phrase: Light into Darkness tour ( concerts coming to the area) and by the time I was home I had a complete story idea. We shall see how that goes. I haven’t been inspired to write anything new, that said, I plenty of story ideas to keep me busy for the next 30 years or so. :-)


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