There’s nothing wrong with fangirling a little every now and then. Especially not when I trip over a video that gets the Muse… not swooning… but racing for the keyboard in a mad scramble that doesn’t care if the coffee table or the cat turn into collateral damage.
Like most writers, I’m happy to take my inspiration where I find it. Overheard conversations, tweets, photos, music, tumblr posts… you name it, it’s probably given me ideas for anything from drabbles to whole novels. This video ad is just the latest addition to my stash of inspirations.
It’s David Gandy for Marks & Spencer – to give credit where it’s due – and I found it on David Gandy’s official Instagram. As usual, he looks perfectly gorgeous and perfectly groomed…. that shot on the roof, the suit…sigh! But that’s not all. For the Muse, this video is also the perfect visual inspiration for Aidan Conrad and a very appealing story prompt. And since you might not have any idea what I’m wailing about… watch this and then let me tell you a little about Aidan.
Aidan Conrad, barrister and head of legal firm Dwight & Conrad, doesn’t just practice law. His firm’s strapline When the Law Needs Help makes that crystal clear to those who have a need to know. Ever since he saw a friend wrongly convicted – just because all the evidence pointed that way – it’s been his mission to ensure that the right people are punished for their misdeeds… and he doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty to achieve that.
Aidan doesn’t just argue cases in front of a judge and jury or investigate problems that others have given up on. He’s also supremely skilled at keeping helicopters in the air, has an address book full of very interesting characters he can call on at short notice… and he can play politics with the best of them if he has to.
He’s also… ever since they ended up in the river Thames together… had more than just a crush on Alexandra Marston, Nancarrow Mining’s resident psychologist. But that’s a wholly other can of worms. And not something Aidan wants to talk about.
Aidan is fierce and acts tough, but when it comes to people he cares about… his team, his daughter, his closest friends… he’s a total marshmallow. Everyone else can go hang, of course.
I’m ever so grateful to David Gandy for posting this video. I keep staring at the screen as it loops smiling helplessly at the Jag, the panelled walls, the suit and – most of all – the roof shot. (Where the helicopter waits, along with Gareth Flynn, Jack Horwood and Rafael Gallant, of course.) The Muse is in overdrive. There are words dribbling from the tips of my fingers faster than I can mop them up. And no, I really didn’t need another story on the WiP stack, but eh… Aidan deserves more than the odd cameo in the Power of Zero series. And it’s rude to turn down inspiration when it’s offered as prettily as this, right?
Yeah, I know. There’s a reason why fangirling can be so much fun…