Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A Beautiful Mind: If you show me yours, I'll show you mine

Actually, that’s a lie, because I had every intention of showing you mine anyway. And it doesn't look like this:





But this:



Yup, it's all there. Important dates, jobs, assignments, addresses, critical reminders, appointments, story ideas -- everything. It disturbs even me, when I stop to think about it. On the other hand, it's got a certain style, in a Jackson Pollock kind of way.

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  1. Wallace and Gromit
    Pico Iyer
    The Hours
    Alibri
    and Chili ribs.
    You ARE eclectic--

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  3. For posterity's sake you should frame them KB.

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  4. whoa, u r joking right? this looks like my list when i have random ideas to check out ...
    so which ones are the important ones to get to? or are all of them all important?

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  5. You have nice handwriting--and you're not dependent on a "smartphone" to call up the important stuff.

    My handwriting is nowhere near as nice, and my notes tend to go on scraps or the margins of other stuff.

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  6. Mine used to look like that. Then I took up using a notebook so I could figure out what I actually needed to do! (Business and personal notes, of course, so custom suits are right above the note to fax phone bills to the attorney.)

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  7. I don't think I've ever seen your handwriting before, it's so neat. You should set a competition for a short story using what's written there.

    I love finding other people's shopping lists - I feel I've entered another person's world. One day, I'll buy everything on one of those lists and cook up a dinner party.

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  8. You have loverly hand writing but where is Withnail and I? I also don't use lined paper but I fold the blank pages in half and that seems to help impose order.

    I watched some of Monarch of the Glen but, predictably, got hooked on murder mysteries instead. Then, strangely, I started watching From Lark Rise to Candleford on Amazon. It took me a while and it goes against everything that is me but then again, maybe I'm cultivating sweetness in my old age.

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  9. I can't figure out which are hot sauce names and which are dog names, but it's all good stuff. Fun to get a glimpse into your inner world. I put all my notes on little post-its until no longer needed then I recycle them. Maybe I should have kept them all. Great photo of the rocks by the way.

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  10. Des, The Hours wasn't the VW book, but a tune by Beach House that I quite like. It's on You Tunes, if you'd care to listen.

    Wayne, you mean posterity from one week to the next?

    KBF, sadly, no joke. I try to circle the important ones, but that just means they're the notes I wrote that day.

    JS, I can always read what I write, but am sometimes unsure why I wrote it.

    Marjie, I write on the back of receipts, too.

    Bellis, I love your idea for a dinner party. A couple of years ago a woman wrote a book based on found grocery lists. The idea was good, but the book wasn't.

    Paula, Withnail was brilliant. Never did watch Monarch of the Glen, and have no idea why I thought I should.

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  11. Katies, the hot sauce and dog names were story ideas. But I wish I'd included why hot sauce names might make a good essay...

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  12. We're at the tipping point, I see.

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  13. I have some sheets like that. It also looks like the sheet I try to keep track of my passwords on.

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  14. Sorry, really creepy spam found a way into blogger, so I've had to put up word verification for awhile.

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  15. No reflection on your comment, of course, Earl. The spam was kind of clever, in that it was an obvious template, but was able to grab keywords from the blog post and plug them in.

    My passwords? Don't need to write them down so long as I remember the chemical formula of Tourmaline.

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  16. Jackson Pollack. I'm glad to see you are still aiming high.

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  17. Maybe they like the word "sheet."

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  18. Love your photo of the stacked rocks with the wonderful orange glow -- sunset?

    And fascinating to see your "mind at work". I have half-folded sheets of paper with various words and lists on my desk. Also some sticky notes. And little slips of paper. Maybe we should take photos of our desk or workspaces and compare. Then again, maybe that would be too scary....

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  19. Margaret, Margaret, I suppose I am a half inch shorter than I think I am.

    Ms M, I think that's a great idea. No sheet.

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  20. I write all over my scratch paper and cross things off as I go, and every once in a while I consolidate. What drives me nuts is that I never catch up, I never finish. But you've seen my back yard.

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  21. I can't decide whether your sheets are worse than my desk.

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  22. I recognize that organizational style! Frame them both - very cool.

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  23. What ample evidence of your creative mind, KB. My studio/office is organised and tidy, but I go off the reserve with my large daily workbook. Right side of the opening is my To Do list, left side is my random ramblings. That's the theory, at least. In reality, I ramble all over all of it. {And I use a pink highlighter to strike the Done things off the list. I love my pink highlighter.}

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  24. I saw rocks like that in Scotland once only there were hundreds of them stacked all over the place.

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  25. If it's any consolation, 12 x 150 does in fact equal 1,800.

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  26. I opperate a similar system but it is all in note books....and now I've discovered the joy of the highlighter it's all in dayglo!!!

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  27. Ok YAH, so you and Shell are better organized, but as K so kindly pointed out, I'm rather a math genius.

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  28. Years back I remember being in some kind of self improvement seminar and this type of brainstorming was discussed and encouraged...it frees the mind and inspires creativity...guess it works!!!

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  29. As for me...I write out lists of all kinds...then lose them or don't take them to the grocery store...and Ms M can I pass on taking a pic of my computer desk and desk...I can't find them!!!

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  30. I have/had a mouse pad made of a pad of paper and mind looked a little like this. Now I have a snazzy, cushy black pad avec wrist hump. I'll adjust one day.
    The photo is on its way.
    V

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  31. Heh! I ADORE IT! Confirms a great mind and spirit.

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  32. Know your friends and neighbors. Major treat, starting tomorrow.

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  33. It absolutely has style - not my style, I'm much more anal and organized. There's freedom, authenticity and creativity on those pages. Nicely done.

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  34. Love the insight into your creative mind. Have you seen the movie "The Taste of Others"? I saw it many years ago and really enjoyed it.

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