Am home now, so I can write with both eyes on the screen.
You picked up on a good point with regards to reading the same books that you did as a child/teenager. I still have some of my kids books on the book shelf, and have at times replaced some of the ones that I have thrown/given away over the years. When all is bad with the World, and I feel insecure inside, familiarity helps me lots. Reading the books I did as a kid certainly helps, even if it's just a chapter or two.
Another thing I'll admit to is that every night I need the TV on in order to fall asleep. I have a stack of old videos and DVD's that I have watched over and over again.
I don't need to look at the screen, and in fact I dim it slightly, as I know what's going on. It's just a familiar program with familiar voices.
I hate the nights, and this helps me lots. It initially drove my partner nuts, but even he is used to it now, and it's not unusual to come home after band practice and see the TV going with an old episode of Porridge, Blackadder or even Fry and Laurie playing away.
I guess when we are young some of us crave the things that make us feel secure. I certainly still crave the security that a little bit familiarity seems to offer.
As far as ideas for things to write about. If you're stuck, maybe pick up the paper or go to a news website. Look at the headline that appeals to you most of all. Don't go any further. Just start writing. At the end of each line, say to yourself what if ....... ???? You'll be amazed what you might come up with.
Creativity is what I live for. It's my own little world, and I can make it what I want it to be.
Anyway take care Panda and bye for now,