Train-ing up Ideas
March 30, 2011 § 4 Comments
So I ride the train for an hour and a half. Daily. As in twice daily. As in three hours of my life are spent going to and from New York City every single day.
Do the math. That’s fifteen hours a week. Sixty hours a month. Seven hundred and twenty hours in a year. Do you know what that works out to?
Exactly 30 days a year. One month. I spend one MONTH of my life a year on a train with this commute.
I’m done with my silly rant now. On to a bit more of the point. This month of my life spent commuting, has become a time where I settle back to write. To create.
It’s useful; no internet connection and I don’t like talking to strangers on the way. It allows me to focus, so on and so forth. I love it.
It’s inherently liminal, to me at least. There’s an almost fae experience to it, going so far from a suburban neighborhood to the pulsing heart of the city. From green to steel. Looking out the window, I can watch the flashes of electiricty on the rails. Trapped lighting.
I can see the land transform slowly as we move, and it stirs dreams in me.
- As you pull into a station at night, imagine a beast under the platform. Describe it, now describe it attacking the passengers you see. Or stalking them.
- Write a description of every facet of your local train station, go in a little early today and just write. Observe. My train station has little gargoyle-eagles all over the roof.
- Look out the window. Write what you see. I know you’re moving, don’t write about movement. Just write a description of the terrain, the image. What is there. See what comes out of this blurred together story.
- Look around at the fellow passengers, write descriptions of them. Let them blur together, take aspects of them. Trains are about traveling, scenery blurring together. Let your writing blur.
- Imagine up a kind of transportation, how do you get there? (Just got an awesome day for another theme-month project.) If you weren’t on the train, if you could be moving between your destination in another way. How would you get there? Come up with five alternatives, try to be imaginative. If not, be descriptive.
Look There, on the Horizon!
April. It has four weeks in it. Like most months. Unlike most months, this one will be hosting my personal “Seven Days Project.”
Yes. I know, it’s a little tongue in cheek. More than a little.
Here’s a quick description of what I intend: Four weeks, four worlds. Each developed from a stated theme. I won’t be generating these themes, I’d like you (my invisible readers) to. If I don’t get any replies soon, I’ll ask individuals for theme brainstorming and just start off with a theme I come up with on my own.
Anyways. Yes. There might not be a post every day, but there will at least be the sketch of a world every week. Let’s see how it goes.
OH yes, before I forget. Feel free to comment with any themes for my project. And feel free to participate too, any of the weeks you are free. If you don’t have a blog yourself (looking at certain members in my family)- I’d be happy to post anything you write up for it here, attributing it to you of course.