I was brushing my teeth tonight and thinking idly of "The Country Mouse and the City Mouse" fable and wondering if I could get a short story out of it, when I noticed a spider running around the bathroom. It was black, maybe big enough to wrap its tiny feet around the edges of a dime if it stretched, and it was acting kind of odd. I watched it for a while and it seemed to be either tracking prey or following the trail of a lady spider, or something of the sort. It would run fast for a few steps, then stop and turn slightly, then run again, then stop and turn, and so on. At one point it actually turned completely in a circle, which you have to admit is pretty un-spiderlike.
I'm a fantasy writer, so of course I started to wonder if the spider was on a tiny quest. I imagined that it was wearing a tiny amulet to ward off giants like me. If I'd seen a lady spider being menaced by an evil bug--like one of those scutigera centipede thingies--I would totally have helped out. I'm a beneficent god like that. Also I consider scutigera abominations of the invertebrate world and they probably serve the Old Ones too, so I just look for opportunities to thwart them.
So there's your answer to the age-old question, "Where do you get your ideas?" Ideas come from spiders. Also, now I'm trying to figure out if I can combine the Country Mouse, City Mouse story with a questing spider.