Thursday, December 20, 2012

Words/Triggers/Ideas

The Sketchbook Projects allows us to choose a theme from the following choices:

Travelogue
Memoir
Narrative
Atlas
Almanac
Chronicle
Sketchbook
Chapbook
Documentation
Photo Log
Undecided
Dwellings
Strangers
Participate
Diagrams
Warnings
List
Creatures
Dinosaurs
Upstairs
Mystery

It's a nice selection of starting points, but is prone to fashion. I mean, "Upstairs'??? When I first received the sketchbook, I was thinking along the lines of us all living inside our skins in the first instance and our clothing/cloth in the next, so I chose "Dwellings". But that's not what I think I'm doing. Or what I think I'm doing doesn't seem to reflect the idea of dwellings. Not that that's important. So shall I go with "Creatures"? Or am I working on... ""Diagrams"? And what the heck is a "Chapbook"? And yet I don't want to fall into ambiguity like "Undecided" or "Participate"; I don't want to be that lame. Yet.

But then the world might end tomorrow and I may not have to worry.

Further down, I noticed this morning there are a lot of explanations/descriptions I can add on my online profile. It's probably for sort and search, and I'm not too interested in overloading information outside of my (boring) Sketchbook. But, among them were these choices for my book's area of interest:

Architecture
Design
Fashion
Science
Travel
Abstraction
Family
Narrative
Portraiture
Color Study
Landscape
Music
Technology
Cartography
Memoir
History
Education
Nature
Engineering
Community
Interactive
Media
Othe

This list looks less prone to fashion, but doesn't include, "philosophical/metaphysical/existential/universal goo," which best describes my current stage of ponder/ing.

Still, I like looking at lists like these. 

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Cally wrapped up the year. Or started to anyway. Which pushed to the fore yet another goo of mine; the 2012/2013 List post. I've been working on it for over a week but simultaneously going through mood swings, priority shifts and a relatively new-to-me quandary, "Are Lists Good?". Crikey, this will be one major paradigm shift if I decide, "No"!  A substantial portion of my life spent making, reworking, color-coordinating and revising lists will have been for naught. Still, living in a murky goo not committing, not deciding, not clarifying, not prioritizing and not listing appeals to me a little bit; at the very least it will match the physical environment I've lived in for a while.

2 comments:

  1. Fascinated by the word "chapbook" which I never heard before,I did a web search to learn more and it seems they are small books sold by "chapmen" who were travelling sales men in 16th & 17th C England. Content was aimed at the semi-literate, so typically woodcut pictures, ballards, stories -around 24 pages long.

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  2. Fascinating, Dot. Thank you. I thought it was more in the nature of a Little Black Book - except in the US, it might be called a Guybook?

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