Setting Inspiration: Outback Sunset

Abandoned homestead in Burra, South Australia. Photo by Ilya Genkin
Colourful sunset over an abandoned homestead in Burra, South Australia. Photo by Ilya Genkin

139 thoughts on “Setting Inspiration: Outback Sunset”

    1. I’m being blitzed? Yay!! Thank you!
      NaNo isn’t so bad, when you consider it’s “only” 1667 words per day. I know life can get in the way, but it’s the best feeling ever when you push through and win against the odds! Happy writing!


    1. Thank you!
      It was scary the first time round, but it’s only 1667 words per day. Sometimes you might only write 500 but then you’ll have a weekend and write 5000 and it evens out again. Camp NaNo can be even less as you set your own goals.


  1. That is one heck of a sunset. Well done on winning NaNo2014; my effort is out for beta readers now, to make sure the plot and characters are okay before I redraft.
    Happy Blitz Day, too.


  2. Now that’s what I call a sunrise! Congrats on NaNo. I’ve never participated myself (not built to write that way), but I admire those who do…especially those who succeed.

    As you may have guessed…you’re being BLITZED! Enjoy. 🙂


  3. Wow, love the picture. I participated in NaNoWriMo last Nov, but fell sort of the 50k goal…well a lot short, but I learned a lot during that month. Congratulations for winning NaNo and Happy Blitz day!! 😀


    1. Participating is more important than winning NaNoWriMo! I got lucky with my stories wordcount-wise, but I love the whole NaNo community and setting those goals. Actually taking a month to really focus on writing! Well done to you!!


  4. Wow! That’s a beautiful scene and sunset!!!

    And I also smiled because of the way it weirdly tied in with my own blog, lol. I’m doing a “Create52” thing (52 weeks of posting creative output on my blog every Monday in 2015), and this week I shared some music called “Back in the Outback” and a poem call “Out Back”. I like it when cool synchronicity happens like that. 🙂

    Happy Blitz Day!!!


    1. I’ve worked as a Jillaroo in Australia before and the Outback is my favourite environment on earth. I’d be happy living out there and it has inspired quite a lot of my writing! That’s freakishly cool, I guess you’re just meant to write about it then!

      Create52 sounds like an amazing challenge! Good luck!


  5. Happy Blitz Day! You may not have known we were coming, but you sure put on a good show. The photo is just amazing. It makes me want to write a story set there, so you did a fantastic job of being inspiring. Hope you enjoy your day.


    1. I had no idea at all! I only realised when I got a message at work that I’d received a comment and it was signed “Happy Blitz Day!” 🙂 Glad I could be of help! I actually wrote a short story titled “The House Out West” which was inspired by this picture. Have a lovely day!


  6. Beautiful picture!

    I did NaNo officially for the first time this past November, and won at just a hair’s breadth of 75,000 words, with the book not finished yet. Had I known you only need to write 50,000 words, and not write a book complete at that length, I would’ve been participating a long time ago!


    1. Thanks!

      Haha, yeah I was a bit confused about that the first time I participated as well! Congratulations on winning NaNo!! Last year I kept writing until January and ended up with 103k words. Whoops. 😀

      Thank you for stopping by today!


    1. Thanks! It is so worth the trip, Australia is a beautiful country. I was lucky enough to get to go for about 2 months in 2007 and travel through the country and volunteer on farms out there. I’ve never felt so at home!


  7. OHHHH that photo is GORGEOUS!!! Sunsets and sunrises are some of my favorite metaphors to use in my manuscripts, and I also love photographing them. If you’re on Instagram, I’ve posted a bunch at @gmciocca. Happy Blitz Day!


  8. Happy Blitz Day!!! As for NaNo, I’ve done it every year for several years, but this is the first year I wasn’t able to finish what I started. I’m slowly working on the one I started in November. It’ll get finished soon, I hope!


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