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I wrote the following in my ideas notebook on February 13, 2012. When I’m writing fast, I use dashes instead of periods and truncate words. I normally don’t use paragraphs, either, but I’ve broken this into paragraphs so that it’s easier to read.

Thinking about books & writing & the story in Wired magazine about the Parisian group known as UX (Urban eXperiment) that sneaks through tunnels under Paris in order to do restoration work on neglected historic pieces. Damn! That’s cool!

Also thinking about slow art — slowing down creation of art b/c there’s so much stuff in the world already — we cherish some stuff & abandon other stuff, but always we are making stuff & overall we’re consumed by it — my brain is scattered on this elimination diet, so I may hop around (my thought was interrupted by remembering I hadn’t taken my vitamins) —

A local writer I know, who has 4 young children, has managed to write about 200,000 words in her spare time – Wow! That’s amazing! — And I think, why haven’t I done that? Well maybe I have — in my journal, on my blog, in my ideas notebook, at work — it’s just that they aren’t 200,000 words in the pursuit of a single story — they’re all over the place, yet I know there’s a pattern, or several w/i what I write —

So, I’ve got my LOCT/RZ story simmering, but not really coming together — the cat is sitting on my arm now — makes it hard to write — and I wonder if the story is not coming together b/c there’s something else I need to know —

Been flirting with the idea of a book — with the book form — did this w/Greenville by creating 3 editions off the bat — now that I’ve had a bookbinding class & a workshop session from the MN Center for Book Arts, in which it was explained that books can take any form so long as they are narrative, contained & sequential, & I have an e-reader and all of this leads to the desire to play w/the book form. Books don’t have to be paper pages between two covers — they can be a scroll or painting or other object that tells a story —

Liv wants me to make her a purse, which makes me think about adding story elements to purses. I like the idea of creating stories out of fiber — blending my writing & art — the trouble is that it can be difficult to form our English letters out of thread & fabric — is there an easier way to put language into fiber? (Khipu!) — but creating a knot language that no one else can read seems futile — I’ve seen books on shorthand & I’m intrigued — my Grandma Florence used to write in shorthand – it looks like code w/its simple lines — sometimes I write so fast & drop letters that it feels like shorthand — this might be the language to learn for a narrative in fiber —

I like the idea of making objects that are also useful. Pictures are nice for their beauty & ability to make one think, but there are only so many pics one can hang on the wall — purses, scarves, hats, gloves, socks – can have a dual use – they can be beautiful & worn or carry stuff – making narrative pieces (book) out of useful objects would take time — they would be slow art — precious b/c they couldn’t be produced fast — so I could produce a series of purses that tell a story in shorthand — to do so, I’d need to learn shorthand, decide the story I’d want to tell & figure out how to get peeps to look for the purses once they are released in the wild (the purses, not the peeps) & figure out the story —

Back to UX – Urban eXperiment – this would make a great story in fiction — the Wired mag article (Feb 2012) only gives the barest of details b/c the group works in secrecy out of necessity — even though they’re doing good works, they’re also trespassing & breaking & entering — the group started when some teens broke into a place that had maps of all the underground tunnels, sewers, cable tunnels & took copies of these maps — interesting that teens would turn into high minded adults who want to save things — I suppose high minded adults were all teens once, some of whom were counter culture teens.