When I don't feel like writing, I read because just seeing the word in print gets me motivated most days. It also leads me to other things, like old movies, that I may never have experienced.
Today, still sick, but getting better, I don't particularly feel like writing. (Well, I am writing right now, but you know what I mean.) And there's nothing good on TV, not that there ever is, but I do enjoy some shows, like Psych and House.
Anyway, I'm reading a book by Haruki Murakami called After Dark. In the book there's a "love ho", short for love house (which if I understand correctly, are pretty prevalent in Japan and far more up-scale than American pay-by-the-hour motels), called Alphaville. The protagonist mentions that it is also the name of a movie, a 1965 French (with sub-titles) sci-fi-noir movie. How could I resist? I first looked to see if there was a book, and there was, one that outlines the movie and has lots of quotes. So I pulled that down onto my Kindle. Then I realized that with today's cable system, it was probably OnDemand. And it was. I watched it, twice. I loved it. Loved the imagery. Loved the seediness that is film noir.
By the way, you'll be glad to know that in the alternate reality of Alphaville, spys (the good spys) still drive 1965 Mustangs. And computers, well, it was 1965.
I won't say that I understood the movie. Someone could probably write a thesis on that movie and still not completely understand all the imagery and messages in it, like spiral staircases, lots of them, which evoke the idea of DNA. But how does DNA relate to the bigger theme. (Maybe I coul figure it out if my head wasn't so stuffed up.) For now, my theory is that it is a work of art. And French. So maybe we're not meant to understand it. Most "art" is just meant to provoke thought, which it did. I'll give you the Wikipedia link as it explains a lot more than the IMDB page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphaville
I guess what I'm getting to is that it opened up ideas for new stories and new sub-plots in my stories. It pulled my brain from it's drug shrouded funk (legal stuff for colds) and made me think. Which is good, for everyone, not just writers. I'd like to believe that everyone thinks every now and again, although I believe that is probably a futile wish. But I won't go there. I could write reams on how little the average American thinks, myself included.
So, go read a book, watch a stimulating (mentally-stimulating) movie, do something that makes you think. Please.