Cats are dramatic. When I walk in my corridor and I meet Isis the cat, she stops and acts “as if” she was about to be slaughtered by the human, then runs away with big eyed panic, as if I was a dangerous goblin…
I read about a strange Akira Kurosawa‘s tool, the Japanese director, who said, when shooting a movie, something like :
“When a scene is done, in the box, and you’re happy : go on shooting”.
Opens a little door in my head, written “Why?” on it : When you have what you need, maybe you are relaxed, then you can try new things? Or maybe the tiredness could bring another “tone”? Kubrick is said to shoot dozens of times, just to make the actors quit their easiness, their habits…
Where else could this be true? Prayers? Poetry? Training?
Alexithymia is a word built on Greek, of course : “No words for emotions”.
It’s not really a mental disorder. It’s a difficulty identifying and describing feelings or emotions.
It’s interesting because it leads to different branches :
- I don’t know what I feel, I don’t have words for that.
- I don’t like what I feel, thus I’m afraid to find out.
- I don’t know what to think about what I feel, though I physically feel something, it doesn’t give me an emotion or I don’t know what would be the “proper” emotion.
- There’s a confusion between “the event” (outside of me) and “the sensation” (inside).
I read about a study about the factors that employees consider motivating. Good wages, , interesting work, security of the job, of course, but the number one factor was “to be valued”. Really valued.
It’s not about a bonus or a “best employee of the month” challenge. It’s really something like :
“I see what you do and I appreciate what you do”.
People often do the best they can with what they got. And they wait, they need to be seen…
Makes sense, right?
Lax ways of escaping (life, a situation, boredom) should be listed :
Alcohol, sports, speedy leisures, drugs, video games…
But what if you can’t escape? Will your body find a way (accident, illness…)? Dodging forging ahead?
Thanks for reading!
Picasso’s Tools for bloggers!?
Nah, not his cans and brushes : Tools for the mind!
Here’s what I did : I picked a great book about Picasso, from Philippe Dagen.
It’s a great book because it’s not about “Picasso’s life”, and it’s not a “catalog of paintings”. He looked for structures, patterns, tools for the mind, and showed how in many aspects Pablo Picasso is a great artist.
I took a pictures of these patterns he detected, and I’ll casually apply them into the blogging activity. You’re free, after this, to apply this toolbox to poetry, teaching, marketing, photography, baking, theater or music composition. Life’s cool, right?
- Discover the modern
- Express by the primitive
- Build until crumbling
- Invent some new codes
- Hold all styles in one’s hand
- Let loom the monsters
- Stare at inhumanity
- Pit against the present
- Never finish
These are terribly pleasant injunctions, right? It shows we can build our own roads, windows, tools and door. It shows we can dare, be casual, open, multiple. It shows we can play, have fun, plug things, juxtapose concepts, dance, be fast, and intelligent, and plugged to the now.
There’s always one moment in a month when you want to metablog.
Yesterday I discovered somebody read about sixty pages of this blog, and I wondered :
What did they find?
It seems “constantly random”, but my followers know there’s a structure under. Therefore I metablogged about it :
My sweet will is to share, to invite you to pick tools and ideas, then share again. These are not my ideas, but good ones I found which are worth spreading. Well… I think so!
Dreamread, take your pick. Find an ideatool and use it another way. You’re invited to do your shopping here. Explore more. Use my blog as a table of content. Stealfind what I wanted to say. Bendfind what I didn’t say (and tell it back to me, thank youuuu).
What I like the most, probably, is :
When an idea you find in a blog, in a book, in a conversation, recombines with other ideas you have in mind at the moment.
Recombining. That’s the subject of another article, right?
Thanks for reading!
I often meet/read this question in blogs : “How do I find ideas?”
Most of the time the main answer is “everywhere”. Haha. Great.
My first thought is always : “If you need to “find ideas to blog about”, you shouldn’t blog”. Racing cars are better. You can also shoot flying plates, lift some weight, or train some fleas.
But it doesn’t work like that, I knowwww…
I suppose this happens when one blogs for a reason – to make money, to meet people, to be famous, whatever :
If you blog because of this pattern which is “something HAS TO go out” – the urge of expression, you won’t ever ask yourself how to find ideas, right?
They literally flow out of you, they squirtspatter in your WordPress’s drafts. That’s cute, in a way!
OK I go on : How to find ideas to blog about? Google helps with plenty of good ideas.
My way is to use a reading grid, a reading framework you will use on EVERYTHING you meet, a book, a title, a person, a star, a story : everything. You can use a few, if you like.
For example you can watch the world :
- Historically (“I travelled in this Norway city, which…”)
- Reversely (“10 ways to become fat”)
- Engineerely (“this insect is a machine”)
- Negatively (“sports are for idiots”)
- Paranoia-Matrixely (all I see is crafted to lure me)
- Religiously (a god takes care of me)
- Newagely (the universe sent all this to make me grow)
- Scenaristically (everything could be put in a story)
- Nostalgically (link all things to your past)
- Toolboxerly (well, this is what I do)
My toolbox is made of this : I try to find a framework, a structure, a grid, a pattern, in everything I see. If the structure is already here, I LOVE to share it. As, maybe, a suggestion to do the same, to think.
For example, to notice that Edouard Manet (the painter) and Jeff Wall (the photographer) have a common way to question the public, to notice that Mad Max and operas have many things in common, to find how great artists (Miles Davis, Pablo Picasso or William Faulkner) 1/ push themselves in unknown territories 2/ play with avant-garde 3/ break complex skills because it became to easy for them 4/ find another breath near the end of their lives… Etc.
Well, sorry, that’s all ! Find your grid, frame everything you meet and see under this grid, and ideas will squirtspatter. Apply, watch, that’s it : yeepee!
Thanks for reading! (sorry to destroy English like that)
Well, it’s NOT about adding untidiness to the world – which is enough a mess.
But I ask myself about how to infiltrate a knowledge field, intellects and minds, to sow something, maybe to add seeds to this ground, to see what could blossom, what straight paths you could bend & twist… and then walk onto.
Thus it’s not about milestones, importance and revolutions.
Is it possible to think about this with the idea of blogging?
Imagine you want to blog about food, about fashion. You’d better be good at it, because there are always dozens of thousands of blogs about these. You could also, yes, infiltrate another domain… but with YOUR talents.You’re a food lover? Blog about programming (with your language).
Let’s pull strings :
- Maybe you need to be original. Study a mega-niche, or a rare combination : “crossing Norway with my two cats to try restaurants”, or “purple winter dresses in South Dakota”.
- Maybe you can arrange some concepts, put them together to create sparks, or to show an unexpected light… or to create monsters.
- Invent a new machine from disparate tools and pieces.
- Displace things and ideas, make them move, bend them.
- Use an unappropriate discipline to study another. Study what’s in your plate as a colorist. Or bags trends with… what?
- Focus on who are “positive nuisances”.
- Find your own ideas studying something the wrong way.
- Find empty boxes, find shortages, find imperfections. Then action.
- Play. Look for processes. Twist them.
- Take ideas, make’m jump on your own sieve.
- Watch words. Jargon. Demolish. Or add squibs in it. Your squibs.
- Accept drifts. Watch around.
- Invent indeterminations. Use them randomly, unpredictably.
- Make things proliferate. Explore. Play.
- Make your readers wonder. Make your readers smile. Make your readers wanting to know more. Make your readers more curious.
- Breathe. Watch appearances, meetings, plugs and unfoldings.
The point is multiple and unstable. Get your own ideas. Distribute seeds for who is able to see. Open new roads, and why not, get new followers!
Most advanced, yes acceptable.
Thanks for reading!
Yesterday I thanked a retired man I always have good conversations with. Always curious and funny, we often have our ten minutes of jubilations, before quitting each other with a smile (and a few sparks around our heads).
You know, he replied, what we do is “Le commerce des idées” (ideas exchange) : I give you seeds and you give me seeds too.
It’s not only about sharing little ideas, but also ideas of books, movies, patterns, links (links and connections are great!). Some spirits like “the idea of getting ideas”. Exchange.
You are one of them, right?
In France we have this word, “commerce”, which means “business”, of course, and “trade”, and also “store”, but also, in a little old-fashioned way
“Madame de Sévigné conducted a vast exchange of letter” :
“Madame de Sévigné avait un grand commerce épitolaire”
While coffeing in my bed this morning I found this quote from a great French drama actor, Michel Bouquet :
“The public doesn’t come to watch you play, it comes to play with you”.
THREE – Mutually Beneficial
I hope/dream this blog acts this way for you my fellow readers!
Not only as a toolbox, a basket of gathered ideas and patterns, but also I wish it :
- Gives you the desire to comment, interact, begin a mutually beneficial exchange of ideas.
- Gives your brain a slight movement, a desire to know more, which could lead you to exploration. A map, an index, a little machine…
Thanks for reading!
Photo : Carl Mydans