Erin Dorney

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Inspiration Pad Giveaway!

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inspiration pad
Inspiration seems to hit me at the most random times, including in the shower, when I’m driving long distances, and in the middle of the night. Lately, a lot of it has been coming from the Internet as well. As I see other creative endeavors I am inspired to reconnect with passions and projects that have been pushed to the wayside for various reasons. For example, just today I was introduced to 750 Words by my friend
Leigh Anne. I plan to join and do one of their challenges this fall. Some of my other favorite sites for this kind of inspiration are:

And of course, all of my friends who have websites/blogs/tumblr accounts etc. to keep me on my toes.

To thank you all for the constant flow of of awesomeness, I am doing a giveaway! A few weeks ago I came across the Inspiration Pad. This thing is seriously the bee’s knees. While any item with the word “pad” reminds me of sanitary napkins (sorry, I had to go there, it’s true!), I obviously had to purchase a couple. One for me and one is for a lucky blog commenter! That’s right, all you have to do is leave a comment below regarding something that inspires you and a winner will be chosen at random on Saturday morning (using the true random number service). Then I’ll mail the lucky winner their new notepad and you can inspire the people sitting next to you in your boring committee meeting. Kitten not included.


Written by Erin Dorney

August 3, 2010 at 10:40 PM

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  1. Blast, I really wanted the kitten. I’d say that the thing that inspires me most is music. There are billions of songs and you can always find something to suit your mood. Because of my music background, I’m more likely to notice unique chord changes or quirky melody ideas. So, yeah, that’s my inspiration.


    August 3, 2010 at 11:04 PM

  2. What inspires me most, and what helps me get through any creative block I may be having, is my daughter. She keeps me smiling, on my toes, and completely delirious from lack of sleep (which can induce the most interesting poetry). She pushes me to do everything I need to accomplish in order to fulfill my own goals and aspirations, selflessly. Yeah, she’s a pretty powerful little person and my main inspiration ❀


    August 3, 2010 at 11:24 PM

  3. Adorable kitty! Those inspiration pads look really fun. Lately, I’ve been inspired by social networking, especially Twitter. I glean so many awesome ideas and links, while following fascinating conversations (mostly from librarians, but there are other awesome people/entities to follow as well). I love the links you listed–other than Etsy and Regretsy, I hadn’t heard of the others. Thanks for sharing!


    August 3, 2010 at 11:36 PM

  4. (Hi Harv!)

    There are three websites I want to focus on for inspiration, in no particular order.

    Glass House Conversations – I love this site as it feels something like a very erudite, curated discussion about great topics. I also find the graphic design for the site inspiring as well.

    Derek Powazek – Derek really does a great job of offering a different view of technology, especially within the realm of social media online. I find his thoughts to be both challenging and inspiring.

    Library Scenester – Erin, you sure do set the bar for library blogs, as far as I am concerned! Yur blog and career are really inspiring to me – knowing that there are other new librarians out there that really do thing about and care about our profession is inspiring and comforting to me.

    Jason Dean

    August 4, 2010 at 8:29 AM

  5. When I need inspiration I need to get my limbs moving. I go outside somewhere alone where my mind can wander untethered. I find a comfortable pace and a woody place and let my brain follow its tangents to their logical or illogical ends. Most often I choose my bicycle for such endeavors. Rarely do I go for a ride when I am not composing an essay in my head, shooting an imaginary video, or framing shots I would take with my camera if I was willing to stop the flow. There is something in the rhythm of moving my legs that works as a motor for my brain. Something I rarely choose to stop just to take a photo or jot down some words. This fact is the only down side to an inspirational adventure, I have to remember the results long enough for me to get them committed to paper. This is particularly trying when I feel like I have just discovered the perfect sentence to express an idea I have been struggling with. You may find me pedaling by repeating the words so they stick. … I am not sure if the inspiration comes from the art of nature or the motion of my body. I’d like to think it is the combination of the two. If you don’t believe, go for a stroll in the woods. Get your heart rate up. Sweat. And don’t talk to anyone. It is amazing where your mind will take you.


    August 4, 2010 at 8:54 AM

  6. Jay Dorney.


    August 4, 2010 at 9:13 AM

  7. Erin – Jason told me about this giveaway whilst I was preparing for work this morning. I planned to just let him post his own inspirations however; via Oliver Sacks, a true inspiration for me, I found the below website. I sat here in awe, almost tearing up when I viewed each of these amazing photographs of the sun, solar flares and coronal mass ejections. On a day when I desperately needed to be reminded of how small and inconsequential my own life is, this did the trick. My problems do not really mean that much. There are things out there that are so much bigger than I am. And I am remarkably thankful for this. This world is a mind-blowing, truly amazing thing.

    Jen Dean

    August 4, 2010 at 10:27 AM

  8. I love reading, so I would say that reading other writer’s work gets me inspired to write myself.


    August 4, 2010 at 10:52 AM

  9. Stepping outside my apartment into the amazing world inspires me… I mean, how can the beauty of creation not inspire someone? Nothing is as healing as a few hours writing at my favorite park.

    Amy S.
    artsyrockerchick at aim dot com


    August 4, 2010 at 11:03 AM

  10. My husband inspires me. He is a great man with a caring heart. He makes me want to be a better person. πŸ™‚ Home magazines inspire me to be a handy(wo)man and renovate my house myself. πŸ™‚


    August 4, 2010 at 3:20 PM

  11. I’m inspired by vintage typesets, clean design, smart and funny writing, and vegan cookbooks. πŸ™‚


    August 4, 2010 at 4:31 PM

  12. the ‘kendall kids’ inspire me. not a knock against my college friends, but i find it truly amazing that i have a friend in medical school, a friend getting his PHD at Harvard, a friend that convinced me to move cross country, a friend that teaches handicapped kids how to speak, a friend that had the guts to move out in the middle of PA and start a career she loves…the core 6 or 7 people i spent my life growing up with. i swear i would have probably turned to drugs or would be a bum if it weren’t for them.


    August 5, 2010 at 1:08 AM

  13. Late bloomer stories. Love ’em. I’m getting an MSLIS (at SU, btw) for a complete career change in mid-life, and hope I’ll have an inspiring late bloomer story to tell someday.


    August 5, 2010 at 9:59 AM

  14. I consider myself incredibly lucky to find inspiration everywhere and with everyone! From my work environment (near and far) and my co-workers (immediate and extended as I work in an incredible library system) to my home environment with my AMAZING nieces, other family, and friends … even the furry kind, Bella and Greta … and everywhere in between! There’s inspiration everywhere, if I keep my eyes and ears open to it, just waiting to be emulated and adapted (with full credit given, of course) … and inevitably to learn lessons from! πŸ™‚

    Sandy Longo

    August 5, 2010 at 11:44 AM

  15. My favorite inspiration is Jan. McNeville’s work “The Family Clock” because her main character is totally kick-@$$.

    I also get inspired by my family. They never stop rooting for me and their own needs inspire me to perform new feats of librarian-fu to help.

    Music is sort of a cop-out to me, but it does work wonders when I’m flagging at work or play!


    August 5, 2010 at 3:22 PM

  16. Can I just say, you just ruined my budget with the Paper Crave link. OMG. LIke my stationery addiction was not bad enough! (Today, a teacher buddy gave me 150 of the little pockets libraries USED to put in the back of books to hold the cards. . . I will be smiling for week).

    My Twitter friends across the country keep me inspired!

    Kim McCollum-Clark

    August 5, 2010 at 4:51 PM

  17. what inspires me is the transcendent nature of the library. no matter how much people try to contain knowledge within its four walls, it will always reach beyond expectations, at times circling back to tease our imagination, and almost always creating new and exciting things for us to explore. with naysayers predicting the library’s demise, i think it will simply move on categorizing knowledge on the web, slowly but surely extending its boundaries to once again envelop knowledge, this time within its digital walls.


    August 5, 2010 at 11:20 PM

  18. Martha Stewart inspires me to do crafts and be creative. I never really was one to be able or know how to be very crafty but I now know how to make cool cupcakes for Halloween, decorations for parties, invitations, scrap booking and so much more.

    Victoria Lester

    August 6, 2010 at 8:42 AM

  19. […] Inspiration Pad Giveaway Winner! August 7, 2010 Erin Leave a comment Go to comments Thanks to all of the 18 people who left comments on my last post for a giveaway drawing of an Inspiration Pad! […]

  20. have you used ommwriter? it’s a writing program that creates a serene working environment. i am unable to use it when my writing requires focus- schoolwork, etc.- but it’s a great interface for letting my creativity take the wheel.
    mac-only free download:

    thanks for regretsy! i just checked it out, and found it both hilarious and a little sad.


    August 13, 2010 at 7:09 PM

  21. @ Amy – Your daughter is by far my favorite baby, hehe. She is the cutest and I know she’ll always be an inspiration to you. Thanks for letting me get to know her!

    @ Lauren – Thanks, his name is Harvey but sometimes we call him Harv or The Harvster. I’m glad you found some interesting new links from my post. I am a big fan of your blog Lauren in Libraryland – keep up the good work!

    @ Jason – Thanks for introducing me to Glass House Conversations and Derek Powazek, I just added them to my RSS feeds. You’re right, the design on GHC is amazing – it reminds me of the Dean Files! And thanks so much for the kind words about my blog as well, the same goes for you. Pretty soon there will be a critical mass of people like us and we will take over the library world! Huzzah!

    @GG – Thanks for the comment – I know what you mean about being hesitant to interrupt the flow in order to record your ideas. It’s something I struggle with as well. I’m glad someone brought up physical activity and nature as an inspiration, it’s sometimes easy to overlook how much those two factors can impact someone’s outlook.

    @ joe – OBVS. πŸ™‚

    @ Jen – Wow, what a great site! Thanks for sharing – you’re so right, too. The problems we tend to freak out about are tiny when we look at the bigger picture.

    @ Erin – I agree, I think one of the reasons I love reading so much memoir is because I get inspired by reading about what other people have done with their lives. Thanks for the comment!

    @Amy – Thanks for the comment! I love going to the park to read/write too.

    @ Holly – Yess house renovations are one of my favorite things to dream about. I’m so happy you’ve found someone to share your life with who inspires you.

    @ ashley – It’s so true! I can’t believe all of the amazing things my Kendall friends have gone on to do – truly amazing when you consider the place we grew up… I’m so glad I got to live on the same street as you and that we’ve become such good friends. I truly cherish you! Hooray for yearbook, ah! Also, I’m glad you didn’t turn to drugs/homelessness πŸ™‚

    @ Shander – Thanks for the comment! Your e-portfolio looks great, what do you think of SU? Good luck with your program and let me know if you have any questions or anything.

    @Sandy Longo – Having a work environment that can inspire you is an amazing thing (and rare for most people, I’m sure). Kudos for your willingness to be open to inspiration anywhere!

    @ MontglaneChess – Thanks for the comment – I’ll have to look “The Family Clock” up.

    @ Kim – I’m so sorry! I feel your pain, stationery is one of my biggest downfalls. There is just so much, I love letterpress the best. I didn’t know you’re on Twitter, I need to find you and follow you.

    @ Rache – What an inspirational comment, thank you πŸ™‚

    @ Victoria – I always feel like Martha Stewart’s projects seem to complicated for me, but maybe I should give them a shot.

    @ Karen – Ommwriter looks AMAZING! Thank you for sharing, I am going to try this out for my short story workshop in the fall. Yeah I know what you mean about regretsy… it’s kind of disturbing!


    August 14, 2010 at 2:57 PM

  22. Totally envious of the plethora of comments! Apparently Jen and I need to give stuff away…

    Jason Dean

    August 14, 2010 at 4:40 PM

  23. I know, right?! I was so amazed by the number of people who left a comment – and the wide variety. There are comments from friends from high school, library people, twitter followers, family… some who I never thought would be reading this!


    August 14, 2010 at 9:11 PM

  24. I’m almost always inspired by what other people share on their blogs. I feel like I’m on mini tours of their lives and artwork. πŸ™‚ Thanks for offering the giveaway!


    October 5, 2010 at 9:34 AM

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