Ideas are a bit like Giant Squids, they show up when least expected, tangle themselves in our thought process, are bizarre to describe and we've little understanding of where they come from. Heck, they even vanish into the darkness whenever we're ready to capture them! Brainsquids.
This is something I've pondered off an on when trying to get ideas, or when I look back at old work to figure out how I got on such a crazy path in the first place. In particular, I was looking over some notes I found (stuffed away in the bottom of an unrelated box? How did it get there?) on a Digimon OC League I was working out after I lost the first round of TheDigitalCup OCT (now #TheDigitalCore) and wondering where the ideas jotted down so messily had gotten their start. I know one thing was my fascination with the aphotic zones of the oceans, another my perpetual roaming of wildernesses in MMORPGs, and still another thought stemming from the debates over judging decisions in OCTs. But some of the original sources for that inspiration I've forgotten over time, even if those ideas have since grown into something new or different from the thought on the page.
Nonetheless, I have it on good word that something even better than the contents of those old notes is in development right now by others wiser than I. Is it something to look forward to? I'd say so, I certainly am.
So, readers and visitors of this page, where did you follow dusty tracks of old inspiration to?
And in boring other stuff, this is my research semester in school and so I won't be joining OCTs right now. That, and none of the ones I have seen around the OCTverse lately seize my attention.