Tuesday, 27 September 2011

A 5 minute tour of my brain

This is a typical 5 minutes in my head ...

... First of all I saw this tweet in my stream
... I misread the phrase "PARCOURS/PROJECTION" in that tweet as "parkour" and started thinking about whether it would be possible to do an art projection onto some parkour practitioners
... and that got me thinking how brilliant it would be to motion track parkour practitioners and then visualise their trails ... this seems particularly apt as they are called "traceurs" in French (meaning 'trace' or 'trail')
... and then I started imagining what it would be like if we could attach a GPS tracking device to every Olympics athlete and then record and display the trails they make while they're competing
... and then I went back to concentrating on my day job.

To quote the song lyrics of Joseph Arthur: "I'm exhausted by my imagination."

Monday, 26 September 2011

The Poetry and Story Adoption Agency

So you know how I have all these untold stories and fragments of poetry constantly swirling around me ... and you know I'm not very good at getting round to writing them down ... well I've had an idea... I'm going to invite people to adopt my nascent poems and stories by giving me money on a Pay What You Want basis. In return I'll commit to writing down and finishing the poem or story and I'll also:
- send you a typewritten (yes, as in 'typed by my fair hand on a manual typewriter') copy of the finished poem/story (including copies of any illustrations).
- dedicate the poem/story to you and credit you with being responsible for bringing it into the world if I ever publish it in a book or similar.
- early adopters will also get sent one of the handwritten original drafts. Subsequent adopters will get a later handwritten draft or a facsimile copy depending on what's available.

Does that sound like an appealing idea? I feel like I'm perilously close to channelling the spirit of Derek Trotter as I try to turn my creative doings into something that will pay the bills but I like the idea of making money as part of the process rather than making things and then trying to flog the end product ... Does that make sense? Hello, is this on? < taps microphone > ;-)