The files from whence ideas connect.

I'm constantly on the lookout for new ideas or for new information that might relate to something else I'm working on. It never ceases to amaze me how, by simply choosing the next project to work on, so many of the magazine articles or books I randomly read connect or fall into place in the current project. Most of that is simply choosing a new project or focus of interest, with the rest not being magical coincidence, but simply your mind being aware of the new focus and already attuned to how the new information could fit in or relate.

Still, I always love those moments when I'm reading something and it strikes me how much this applies to my current project or area of interest. I also save a lot of clippings and other items that I find interesting that I end up referring to later in various ways. It looks a bit like this:

A few of the files I have where I save clippings and research for art and writing projects.

Since I always have a project on the burner, everything I read falls into place nicely. I'm not sure what the experience would be if I weren't always up for a new project or focus. I'm assuming everything I read would be random information, which would make it difficult (for me, at least) to find context for retention.

And yes. I'm on to my next project. We'll see where it goes.


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