The Woman in the Work in Progress

What's she up to?

Some time ago, I found this photo on the web and for the life of me, I can’t remember where, or who the woman is, or who took the photo, so if you happen to know, please tell me.

Her face was exactly the face I’ve been looking for, as was the attitude she has — a little defiant, a little more vulnerable than she’d like to admit.  Eureka — here is image I carry in my mind of the central character for my new work-in-progress.  The book is tentatively called The Grimoire, and is about a woman who travels into the Underworld (or at least a world a little to the left of the one in which she normally lives) in search of her brother, who is addicted to a drug called The Black Seraph.  More than that I’m not ready to reveal, but if anyone knows where this photo came from (why, oh why, didn’t I make a note), I’d love to hear from you.

Does anyone else do this?  Scan the web for inspiring images while they work?  I do a lot of that sort of thing in various binders I have scattered about the room.  However, I’ve just discovered Pinterest, and find it a great resource for creating collages to help me with ideas.  Anyone else tried it out?  You can find my page by clicking here.  Let me know what you think, and let’s share some images.


  1. Leslie on July 20, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    That sounds like a fascinating story! I’ll be excited to hear more about it as you go.

    I definitely use images as inspiration. I love to use them for writing prompts as well as inspiration for whatever I’m working on at the time. I’ve just started using Pinterest, so all I have up right now are hair pictures (getting mine cut next week), but I hope to start using it more soon. Mine’s here: I have an extensive collection of favorites on Flickr as well, but I think Pinterest is going to be nice for the ability to sort things into different boards (Flickr lets me put my own pictures in different albums, but I can’t sort other people’s that way).

    • Lauren B. Davis on July 20, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Thanks for the encouragement about the new novel. I’m right at that point where I’m convinced it isn’t worth finished (I go through this with EVERY novel).

      I look forward to ‘seeing’ you over at Pinterest!

    • Vivian Fransen on July 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Per my Google search, the image you have posted of the woman is credited to Chadwick Tyler at this link:

      It seems this photographer is based in New York City and his work is represented by Marek & Associates [click on BIO]

      Hope this helps!

      • Lauren B. Davis on July 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm

        Vivian! Thank you SO much. Now, why the heck couldn’t I find that. I’m quite sure that’s precisely the site I saw the photo on first, but do you think I could find it again. I feel quite technologically inept. Very grateful. It’s such an evocative photo.

  2. Susan Ronn on July 22, 2012 at 1:20 am

    This image, in your capable brain, will yield diamonds.

    • Lauren B. Davis on July 22, 2012 at 8:47 am

      At the moment, it only appears to be wandering aimlessly in a forest full of talking — and slightly snarky — daffodils.

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