SO I DID IT

Or, I started doing it, anyway.  Over the next four weeks, I'll be working on a writing project soaked in symbolism and self-awareness.  It's called "T.X. Watson's The Book," and is available at www.txwatson.com/thebook.  Although there's a much better starting place

here, at the author's note.

Anyone interested in checking it out is welcome and encouraged to do so, and I am absolutely open to feedback.  Also, if anyone wants to do similar projects alongside mine, or write divergent, parallel, or predictive chapters about mine, or any other variation on playing along, I think that would be pretty awesome and welcome you to do so.

Oh, and one more note -- while I'm doing this project very lightheartedly, the story itself seems like it's shaping up to be pretty dark.  Just thought it was worth mentioning.

I feel like doing something weird

Just getting some braincrack out so it doesn't eat my brain; I may or may not actually do this. Reasoning

Since I'm in a fairly editing-heavy portion of my novel, I feel like my creative psychological resources are being a bit underused.  But I'd rather do something light, that's a bit more like practice than like an actual, publishable project.  Hopefully, it'll be fun and something people want to check out.  Worst case, it'll suck, and then when I'm super famous there will be work available to explore my process #italicsforsarcasm #tellmyselfwhateverIneedtohear #ignoringtheFutilityofBeing

Idea

I was thinking of doing a sort of study in symbolism, by writing a blog style series with really, really blatant symbolism.  Like, it would start with a dude in a hat explaining to the cast that they're in a story, it's super symbolic, and for example the hat represents that he works for the author.  I like the idea of a bunch of characters knowingly interacting with an inherently symbolic environment, while conscious of the fact that there's a narrator who knows everything they're doing or thinking.  (I'm not sure if I want to do 3rd person omniscient, so they all always know that anything they think could be being revealed, and therefore made manifest in the symbolic fabric of the text, or 3rd person limited, so they can try to hide behind someone else's viewpoint when they think or act.  Or maybe some other perspective.)

Implementation?

I might start doing this later tonight, if I feel like I have the energy -- in which case, I'll be setting up a sub-blog on this blog, writing a follow-up post here to link to it, writing out the rules and starting parameters on the new blog, and putting up the first installment.  If not, I might start it in the next few days, and if not then, probably never.  No matter what I do, I lay no claim at all over this idea (not that I could, anyway) and would love to see my friends/readers try it out as well.  It could be fun.

Brain crack redux

I wrote a few days ago about Ze Frank's concept, brain crack, and about how I intend to try to get ideas out of my head faster than I've done in the past.  In the video, he says he's afraid of running out of ideas every day, because he never leaves ideas kicking around in his head. I've only been pushing myself to keep up with Ze Frank's style of idea movement for a few days, and I've already run up against this wall.  It's not completely unfamiliar territory, but it's the first time I've been paying close attention to it -- and it is a scary place to be in, feeling like ideas just aren't coming.  There doesn't seem to be anything waiting in the wings.

On the other hand, I've actually put up a second YouTube video, started the Manifesto Club (link in the sidebar) and learned how to set up subdomains under my domain name, which will be useful for future brain crack.

I think it's probably not true that I'm never going to have another good idea.  I think I'm probably going to be fine in a couple of days, even though right now it feels like I might be edging towards the precipice of an eternity of boredom and banality.

Talk to you tomorrow.

Brain crack and the Manifesto Club

There's a concept, popularized by the internet famous Ze Frank, called Brain crack.  Video explanation below.  (I heard about it from the vlogbrothers.)

I get a lot of brain crack, and I'm not very good at getting them out of my head.  For me, the biggest problem with brain crack is, whenever I try something I think might be cool -- even if I've got low expectations -- I'm afraid, not that it will fail, but that people will hold the failure against me when I try new things.

It's easy to feel like a failure, when a lot of the things you try fail.  But I don't think that's really the right way to look at it.  Trying things is all about risking failure, and whenever a project doesn't come together, if you made an earnest effort, you come away having learned more about what makes a project work, and what makes it fail.

I'm bringing this up now because I had an idea earlier, that's got a lot of brain crack potential, but, if successfully executed, would also be a great way to resolve some of that brain crack.

The idea is a Manifesto Club, and the idea would be to write manifestos, about pretty much whatever you like, and publish them so your ideas get up in public.  I've got a few manifestos kicking around that could go up, and I certainly have the sort of ideas that make good manifestos.

The point wouldn't be to spark revolutionary change, although it would be a nice perk.  The point would be to take the ideas that you really want to stand up for, and make a declaration about standing up for them, in a context where it's okay to be wrong.  That way, the ideas can get discussed, but without treating the success or failure of the ideas as though they represent the success or failure of the person putting them forward.

I'm attempting to figure out how to set up a page off of this domain to start the club, just to get it out of my head.  And if it doesn't end up working out, that's fine.  I'll live.  I'll have another idea soon.

Talk to you tomorrow.

EDIT:  It exists!  The manifesto club is now accessible at www.txwatson.com/manifesto-club/ where you can sign up and write your own manifesto.