- Post a previously unreleased chapter from one of your books.
- Write about your siblings or about being an only child.
- What book are you reading? How did you choose it?
- Had any collections as a kid?
- Do you plan on saving any of your belongings for the future?
- Write about the last time you rode a rollercoaster.
- Write the 10 commandments of writing.
- Write about flavors and tastes or a favorite spice of yours.
- Write about an interesting conversation you overheard.
- Go to Wikipedia and click on Random Article. Write about whatever page you get.
- What would you put into a ‘professional survival kit’ for your work?
The spirit of this question is more along the lines of, “Do you think any of your junk will one day be fascinating to future generations?” I want to call that a dumb questions, because obviously, things you don’t expect will end up becoming anachronistic, and others will soldier on. Trying to predict them is insanely hard.
Whenever I see ‘future worlds’ depicted on screen, I can never quite buy into them. Because the producers work so hard to make everything different. “Life will be nothing like it is now!” Well, that’s great and all, if you’re talking about a difference of 100 years or more. But a few decades? My life is not so radically different from that of a 1910s human that I wouldn’t be able to function. In fact, you can jump several centuries before life becomes unbearable. Even in ancient civilizations, there are common elements–bowls, wheels, hats, middens.
But that’s not really my point. My point is that while the world is changing, it doesn’t change all at once.
(Minority Report did a better job of this updating than most, extrapolating a future without trying to invent things with no precedent.)
Anyway, where was I? Oh yes. MY belongings.
Let me tell you what happens when you hang onto shit. My mother kept tons of my old artwork and it all surfaced in The Move. Boxes full of it. What the hell do we do with it now? It’s cute, it’s nice to see again, but we don’t really have a place to store them.
I should probably digitize them. That way my collection can compete with my future kids’. “Look at how good my glue drawings were at eight. YOU SLACKER.”
This was a silly prompt.