So, I'm a thrifter. I whole-heartedly believe in recycling things, and the saying that "one man's trash is another man's treasure." The other day, I was at the local DI (Deseret Industries, a thrift store set up by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help those in need.) I was looking through their book section--best place to buy books, by the way--and I came across a whole slew of National Geographics for $0.75 a piece. I love National Geographic, and would've bought them all, but with my thrifting, I have a tendency toward a "pack-rat" mentality, so I've disciplined myself accordingly, and I limited myself to only one. This copy had sentimental value for me, because it contained an article about a discovery that greatly influenced a major element in Cobbogoth.
Here is a link to a Youtube video that talks about the discovery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co3jDaWzxUc&feature=related
After skimming the rest of the magazine, I started thinking about the other things, besides peoples and cultures and scientific discoveries that influence my writing, and I was really amazed at how broad the spectrum is. Anything from a particular piece of music, to a place in nature, to a story that really moved me, are all responsible for how Cobbogoth has ultimately turned out.
So, what inspires you to write, or if you're not a writer, what inspires you to create?