This might sound odd, but I have a couple different "rituals" that will get me inspired every time. One is to take my ipad with me to a nice restaurant with a bar. Sit at the bar and order my favorite drink and appetizer, and begin to read. If I am at home, I make myself my favorite drink, fix a light lunch, select a book from my library and sit down to read. In both rituals, the food and drink are for comfort, but it is the reading that does the inspiring. No matter what I choose to read, I will find myself thinking of one of my own writing projects and soon I'm jotting down copious notes, often abandoning the book completely that I had sat down to read and begin pouring out page after page.