B is for Boys:
As you can see from my pictures over there (*points to the right*) I have three boys. What you cannot see over there that they NEVER STOP TALKING. Seriously. Never. They all talk in their sleep. They talk with their mouths full. They talk when the others are talking. They talk during TV shows and movies. They talk incessantly.
While this results in a lot of, "Please stop talking just for a second" and "For the love of Pete, I'll pay you $5 to just be quiet for 30 seconds," it also provides inspiration. Listening to children talk (or scream or mumble) is a great way to find a phrase or snippet to launch your imagination.
C is for Cats:
Also in my house are two boy cats. That's right. I have a husband, three boys and two boy cats. I need some girls in my life.
Anyway, the cats (Audi and Alex) are also a source of inspiration. I like to imagine what they are thinking. In fact I often supply their voices for them throughout the day. "Mom, my two-legged-less-hairy brother is pulling my tail again. Please help." "I think I need to bite something. I'll go with Audi's butt." "I've been awake for like 45 seconds...must...sleep...here...(passes out in middle of doorway or half on my keyboard & half on my desk)"
While this is mainly for my own amusement, it is also just the kind of thing that can lend itself to inspiration. Putting yourself in someone (or something) else's head is fun!