This picture is a collage I did to help brainstorm The Remains of the Dead.
I've never been a particularly crafty person. I sort of had a craftectomy when I was about five. Hand me paint or glue and I can usually make a monumental mess of just about any project. However, over the years I attended collaging sessions put on by Jenny Crusie and Susan Wiggs and I couldn't help but be intrigued by the process. I'm now a believer. Flipping through magazine pages, ripping them out and gluing them to a thicker piece of paper somehow helps the creative process. I don't even pretend to know how this works.
When I was creating this collage for The Remains of the Dead, I was just beginning my work on the story. I came upon pictures that reflected many of the darker and paranormal elements in the book and then something surprising. A picture of a rabbit. I had no idea why a rabbit needed to be on the collage and I fought it at first. But my muse seemed to insist on the white and black bunny. Later, as I reflected on the completed collage and was preparing to work hard and heavy on the manuscript I realized the purpose of the bunny. My protagonist, Sadie Novak, needed something to soften her. Before I could stop myself she had a pet rabbit named Hairy.
I think sometimes we don't give our subconscious enough credit. Maybe all our lives would be a little softer if we allowed that small inner voice to have more of a say. Do you listen to that little voice?