Tuesday, January 4, 2011
list it tuesday 1/4: three words
over winter break i spent an afternoon at the honda dealership, which normally i look forward to doing because i can scribble for a few hours in my journal with one hand and help myself to the coffee and chocolate chip cookies with the other. but this time both enfants were with me and it was soon clear that i was not going to be able to retreat more than one layer deep into idea-land, so i flipped through the journal and my old blog posts, and copied random three word strings from my sentences. it started out as a mindless activity and by the end i was having so much fun that i (almost) forgot that i was furious with my kids for being so loud and making public spectacles of us in front of the service desk. now that the three word strings are free of their sources, it's hard to remember most of their original contexts, so i'm looking at them in an entirely new way and it makes me want to create new lives out of them. little three word paintings, maybe...?
this is how my working journals look - no color, crappy handwriting, boring. i use them simply as receptacles for thought. i have about 10 going at a time (they disappear and reappear in different spots so i have to have lots of them) so they are not linear. often i have to comb through them to find phone numbers and appointments. let me tell you it is a maddening way to live. but it's my way, and i like it.
if you posted a handwritten list today, i'd love to see it - please leave your link in the comments so i know where to find you! happy tuesday!