The basics are:
1) making an original creation every day gives you an incredible sense of accomplishment (to see what all these creative people are doing ... click on the 365 blog link)
2) it forces you to push beyond your mental and physical barriers (especially the ones you're erected yourself) ... or nature erected for you :-)
3) you'll be amazed at what you produce and what you learn about yourself in the process. (this is what I'm looking forward to)
He recommends you start simple and work on your project in small incremental steps. Working a day at a time so as not to get in over-your-head by thinking to far out.
A basic premise ... "A daily project is all about the rules you make for yourself, and there is no punishment for breaking the rules."
Check-out his book for more information, inspiration and ideas to start your own project if you what to give it a go. Click this link http://makesomething365.blogspot.com/ or the 365 logo to be taken to his blog and information on his books.
Briefly my project is call "A Sense of Place A Sense of Home".
The title of this post "Cut-ups, Cross-outs & Ransom Notes" is from a chapter title in a book by Steve Kowit's "In the Palm of your Hand - The Poet's Portable Workshop." These are three methods for creating a poem. I plan to start with the "Cross-out/White-out" method first, then possibly move onto the other two and others as my journey progresses. At a later date I will provide a complete explanation for the "Cut-up, Cross-out and Ransom Notes" methods in case you would like to try them for yourself.
The method I'm going to start with and alter a little bit (I'm making the rules for this project :-) - Cross-out/White-out:
1) you need a newspaper, periodical etc. & a dark pen (felt-tip is good) or white-out ... I'm sticking with the pen
2) you circle words and phrases in the text that speak to you, then cross-out or "white-out" all the text not circled
3) with the words & phrases you have gathered make your poem.
My project and my journey is to create these poems using the paper & periodicals from my hometown, Sacramento, Ca.
I left Sacramento over 50 years ago when I was about ten years old. For many years I have lived in Southern Ca. over 500 miles away from my hometown. For what ever reason Sacramento, that place and that area, still has a pull on me and it's imprint goes very deep. Northern California is very different from Southern California and maybe that will come out in these poems. I like both places, but I just don't feel rooted here in the Southland. So I'm going to be very interested & curious to see what I can discover through these poems about my hometown as it is now, maybe a little about the pass and hopefully I'll learn something about me during this journey. I'm looking forward to the adventure with this project and I hope I can keep this up for the next 365 days.
I think that's it for now. Check in every now & then if you like. And I'll see you down the road.
Take care & Thanks, Steve
Day one & it's the beginning of the Fall Season today, let the journey begin!
P.S. through out Noah Scalin book, you are giving a "bonus" for doing extra things like illustrating you work ... so I will be making illustrations & photos when I can.