I have a few ideas. (The usual ideas. You know. We all have our own obsessions and well-trodden ruts, don't we?) Nothing coherent though. I guess my current impulse is something like the equivalent of wanting to use everything in the freezer, but for that I need recipes, or at least a definitive conclusion that what I'm going to make is food. That is: I'm looking for some kind of structure. Parameters. I think I've always been less enamored of the concept of "thinking outside the box" -- instead, I like to find interesting boxes and find out what you can do inside them.
There are several box-building tools I've found useful:
- Constrained by time: One month. 48 hours. 30 minutes.
- Constrained by length: At least 50,000 words. No more than 200. Exactly 600.
- Thematic: Post-apocalyptic. Hard-boiled. Narrated by an object. Parrots.
- Scheduled: Yearly. Daily. Every Sunday at one o'clock.
- Format: Plain text. Bulleted. Hyperlinked. Spoken out loud.
- Collaboration: Taking random inputs from others. Offering outputs as inputs to others. Ignoring and/or complaining about them either way.
- Distribution: Posted on a semi-private forum. Posted on a completely open forum. Twittered. Emailed. Publicized. Or not.
Anyway. If/when I figure something out I'll let you know (those of you who are interested). In the meantime, if you have any suggestions you want to throw into the mix, they would be welcome. Maybe I'll start a meta-project of trying out project ideas.
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