One of the wow-some speakers in Los Angeles this year is M.T. Anderson. Some of us lucky WWA-ers got to meet him a year or so ago when he came to Seattle on a book tour, but it was great to hear him again. (Check out the Team Blog entry for a brief on his talk, and don't miss this post, either.)
Better yet, go to his website and learn things you really never knew about Delaware. And toy with the idea of what that means about, and to, writing, creativity, and world-building (even if you don't write fantasy).