Another Trigger for Inspiration
Inspired by a comment from Andi Klemm about smell being an inspiration for her in a discussion about the muse, I thought I would list some of the smells get my Southern writing MOJO brewing:
1) Limes, Vanilla & Coconut
Those mean that summer is HERE. I have so many memories tied to those three smells. One whiff and I can travel back to a thousand different places.
I had a bottle of Sandalwood lotion in college. For me to be able to remember that should be proof enough that scent triggers memories 🙂 This smell is tricky though. I don’t like the incense smell of Sandalwood, but I like it in everything else.
One of my all time favorites. I love Jasmine, especially night-blooming Jasmine. When I had ventured too far from home when I was fresh out of high school, I had a pot of night-blooming Jasmine growing on my patio (the patio was the size of two lawn chairs, side by side). In the evenings, I would sit outside and breathe in the fragrance from the flowers, and it felt like I wasn’t quite so far away from home.
My grandmother always liked the smell of Lavender. It reminds me of her – elegant, refined, but you still didn’t want to mess with her. **Okay, the smell doesn’t make me think that you didn’t want to mess with her, but that was very much a part of my grandma. **
5) Fresh cut grass
Softball, baseball, picnics, cookouts – all of these spring to mind when I smell fresh-cut grass.
6) Newly tilled dirt
It’s gardening time! The earthy smell of dirt, something productive is about to happen.
7) Pine trees
They are such a part of where I am from, I think of back roads and fields and pastures and camping.
8) Steaming cup of coffee
My friend. I smell freshly brewed coffee, and I think that it’s morning, get the day going, a new beginning. I could write an ode to coffee…
9) Chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven
Home. Milk and cookies. Someone took the time (usually me these days!) to make something that is pure treat, to make someone feel a little more special.
10) Rooms full of old books
Reminds me of the local library when I was kid and going to pick out stacks and stacks of books. Also reminds me of ALL the bookstores I’ve been in all over the country – many of which are no longer there – but I have such great memories from these places and finding hidden treasures on their shelves.
And a bonus – the way the ground smells right after it rains.
What are some of the scents that trigger your creativity?