I never know what to tell people when they ask me where I get the ideas for my stories. I mean, the easiest answer is... my brain. The more complicated answer is, I don't know and I'm not sure how much I have to do with the creation of those ideas, and also it's a lot of work.
(That second answer is a contradiction, but that doesn't make it any less true.)
But the answer that I'd like to give people, when they ask, goes more like this: the stories come from places inside of me that are odd and ferocious and beautiful and strange and calm. I wish I could show you those places, but I can't. If I could, though, I think they would look something like this.