I generally don’t pay much attention to my desktop’s display appearance. I’ve got a monitor full of windows when I’m working, or I’m playing a game in full screen mode. Thus, my wallpaper tends to be ignored. I used the default setting for the longest time. I think I had a piece of software that rotated wallpapers and created a set of fantasy images to use while I was writing Maiden of Pain. I started updating my wallpaper with promotional art from City of Heroes issue releases during my subscription for that game. In fact, until recently, my wallpaper was the Ouroboros symbol from City of Heroes issue 11.
Seeing as I no longer play the game, I thought it time to change. I had a difficult time settling on a suitable, new image until WotC released their 4E wallpapers. I’m partial to rogues, so the choice for the new wallpaper was an easy one to make.
The choice has born unforeseen consequences.
While the rogue depicted shares little resemblance to the vision I have had of Logan Shadowhand, I immediately began to think of him as Logan. The result is that every time I log in, Logan is staring me in the face, challenging me, demanding my attention. I feel guilty if I don’t open his Word file and begin typing. That scowl follows me. I can feel it behind whatever window I have open, accusing me of negligence.
Talk about motivation staring me in the face.
Have you ever had a similar experience, where something–or someone–inadvertently becomes a constant, in-your-face motivation, inspiring you and keeping you accountable? Share your story in the comments.