I remember my daughters’ pre-schools calling each activity a ‘center’ which strikes me as silly and just as pointless as the Centers of Excellence which now allegedly inhabit my workplace. Why do we insist on labeling simple activities with complicated titles? This brings me to my point; reading-as-social-activity sites like Goodreads and Library Thing are simply too complex for me to use effectively.
There are days when I simply need to see something similar to what I have in my mind’s eye to get the imagination rolling. Many years ago this was accomplished by looking through the artwork of Dragon or Heavy Metal Magazines, or some Fantasy art calendar. These days I find the work done by computer graphic artists to be fascinating and intriguing; just what my imagination needs. My favorite source of inspiration are the forums of the CG Society: CGTalk.