I had just started mulling over an older idea I had stuffed in the back of the idea drawer - an idea about a hamster and a guinea pig. I was reading my notes and trying to decide if these might be good characters for the chapter book challenge my critique buds and I have planned, when I got a call from my friend (megastar children's librarian Leigh) that a guinea pig had been abandoned at the library.
Yes, that's right. Someone left a guinea pig in the library parking lot - in 90 degree weather.
Two hours and a lot of bucks at the pet store later, Alfie was safely installed in his new home - just hours before baseball sized hail hit the library parking lot.
Now I'm back to my outline for the guinea pig and hamster tale. Hello little muse!