Rupert's story began some six years ago when I was in high school. A friend had to write a short story based on a picture. They couldn't think of one, so naturally, I helped. I wrote half a page of ideas and tucked it away in my memory. Tonight, I decided to find that picture.
I'm postive all of you have seen Chris Van Allsburg's illustrations. They're incredibly...incredible.
Here is the initial inspiration for the plot of Rupert:
This picture isn't quite as I remembered it, but it is so utterly exciting to have it in front of me again!
My tip for all writers out there: pick one of Chris's illustrations and write a short story based off it. Use your imagination! No, it's not a rat under the rug, or a mouse. Instead it's....well, you choose!