Have you ever wondered where inspiration comes from?  You’re sitting there, minding your own business, when suddenly a bright idea will pop into your head, without warning.  Where do these ideas come from?

Sir Terry Pratchett (may God rest his superlative soul) had a theory, espoused in his Discworld novels, that inspiration was a cosmic particle.

These particles of inspiration would rain down from space intermittently, in much the same way as meteors (aka shooting stars).  Very occasionally, there would be an ‘inspiration shower’.  Like a meteor shower, there would be an exceptionally large number of inspiration particles falling in a certain area for a short period of time.

Now, according to his theory, whenever one of these inspiration particles passes through the brain of a human being, they have a bright idea.


What is a Maven?

A few years ago, a friend of mine described me as a maven.

“A what?” I said.

“A maven.  It’s an old Hebrew word,” he explained.  “A maven is someone who, if they need to buy a washing machine, will really do their homework.  They’ll read best-buy guides, they’ll compile a shortlist based on reviews from experts, they’ll compare every detail of the most promising machines (the load capacity, the power consumption, the water consumption), factoring in their needs and the price of every machine and come to a clear decision about which one represents the best value for money.  They won’t necessarily buy the cheapest, or the most expensive.  They’ll buy the absolute best one in their price range.”

“Mmm… yeah, that would be me!” I laughed.  His description was spot on.