100 days; minus one

Not my words this time; but words that inspire me. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013

Not my words this time; but words that inspire me. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013

The 100 Days project begins tomorrow, and I’ve been trying to establish some ground rules for myself.

This is the description I’ve written for my project:

Pretty words: text as image as stories we make up as we go along

For someone who makes a living arranging and re-arranging words, I’m a reluctant writer. I used to think I was afraid of white space; I’m not. I just want to fill it with beautiful-looking things and explore how they come to have meaning.

I’m using a random word generator to give me a new word to play with every day. Maybe it will inspire a photo or a doodle; maybe it needs other words around it. Or perhaps it will look so enticing I need to turn it into a picture. Who knows?

I’ve found my random word generator. This one is theΒ  second attempt, after the first I tried cheerfully spat outΒ  such, um, interesting words as “intersidereal”, “contourneacute” and “fraised.” After “fardel”, “botanizer” and “immortification” — I began to experience trepidation that consummation of my enterprise might approximate the act of perambulating excrement in an aclivous direction.

Taking inspiration from the boy-child, who managed to keep a journal as "homework" while we visited Paris during a school term. Photo: Su Leslie, 2006.

Taking inspiration from the boy-child, who managed to keep a journal as “homework” while we visited Paris during a school term. Photo: Su Leslie, 2006.

So, moving right along.

I have the mechanism to generate my word-a-day; now I have to decide when to do so. Originally I thought I’d hit the “generate” button first thing in the morning, but having recently experienced periods of sleeplessness most nights, I’ve decided that if I have the word the night before – I can at least do something creative when I get out of bed at 2am and wandering into my office.

I’ve also decided after much internal debate that — because the project is about visualising wordsΒ  — I’m ok with re-purposing images (my own) as long as I add something new. While I’d love to create something from scratch every day, the reality of my life is that I need — above all — to be kind to myself and enable success, rather than setting standards so high I’m doomed to failure.

My project page has space for some explanation of each creative endevour, so I won’t bore you all with that here. But I do see 100 Days as part of the same journey that this blog charts, so I do intend to share, if not the content of the exercise, then some reflection on process and development.

So, there it is; my project, my rules. Bring it on.

 

 

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