You've probably heard of Jean-Dominque Bauby, the former editor of Elle magazine.
I hadn't until I glanced at a CNN.com article about a man who is completely paralyzed except for his eyes. He communicates by answering yes and no questions; he looks up for yes, down for no. I found the article mildly interesting, and then I saw these sentences: "Former Elle magazine editor Jean-Dominque Bauby suffered from the same syndrome and was also able to communicate using only one eye. He wrote about the horror of having locked-in syndrome in his book "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," which was made into a film released November 30.
Bauby's writing was an exceedingly slow process. He dictated the book by blinking his left eye when the correct letter was presented to him."
That last sentence stunned me: "He dictated the book by blinking his left eye when the correct letter was presented to him."
If that's not inspiration, I don't know what is. I have a new word taped above my workspace: BLINK.