Last week I featured Words to Shoot By in Fragments & Shrapnel and spent the rest of the week thinking about words I could use for the project. I thought about opening a dictionary and just picking words at random but that seemed to easy. I thought about using words like ‘commute’ or ‘vehicle’ but those words were too readily available. I wanted something that would make me think. Sure I could find interesting vehicles or commuters but not right away.
So, I spent most of the week checking out my surroundings and the things I see every day on my commute to and from work and thinking about how I could incorporate them into this project. There’s the well-read homeless man who I see every morning sitting on a park bench reading one of the three local newspapers. There’s the Hispanic woman who wears 3-inch heels and jewel-toned slacks and works at the World Trade Center. There’s the husband and wife who walk each other to work in the morning. She wears second-hand skirts over leggins and he wears vintage suits with too-wide ties. An odd pair but obviously very happy. Maybe these are all short stories instead of pictures. I doubt the Vintage Couple stop for a picture.
This weekend I was sitting out in the backyard reading wondering why my tomatoes won’t grow and I thought again about this project. One of the books I was reading (because I read two or three books at a time. Drives my husband crazy) is The Creative License by Danny Gregory. I looked at the back of the book and read the descriptions and a little light bulb (compact fluorescent of course!) went off above my head. I took 10 words from the back of the book and made my list. I realized I was trying a bit too hard to come up with “creative” words to use for my project when I could have just used a book or journal or words from the calendar on my office wall.
Here’s the list:
For this entry, however, I’m going to cheat and use an 11th word and pictures I’ve already taken. I went to a random word generator and got Existence: