Do you keep an idea journal?
I have two. One is a pretty little journal someone gave me several years ago. Unfortunately, I misplace it constantly. So I’ve taken to using the notes section in my daily planner.
(Yes, I use an old-fashioned printed planner. Don’t judge.)
My problem with idea journals is that I rarely remember what I had in mind when I first wrote the ideas down. Which is what happened when I reviewed my entries recently, hoping for inspiration.
Instead, I’m offering my ideas to you. Maybe you can work them into something.
1. Pet Peeves and Dearest Delights
I think I was considering turning this into a regular feature, which upon reflection just sounds like a gripe fest better suited for Facebook.
In any case, I liked the sentence I scribbled underneath:
I don’t have many pet peeves, but the ones I do have are taken out for long walks and fed regularly.
Downright tweetable, don’t you think?
2. When the Kitchen Floor Crunches and Mom Isn’t Around, Does it Make a Sound?
From the quality of my penmanship, my guess is this was written very late one night.
I can see it now: I get up for a glass of water, walk into the kitchen and *crunchcrunchycrunch* — some late-night snacker spilled cereal on the floor and didn’t bother sweeping it up.
Forcing me to wonder: am I the only one who hears it? Really?!
3. Confessions of the GIF-Intolerant Blogger
I like the title, but not sure what I had in mind for content. I suppose I was going to gripe about GIFs, but how long is that good for?
And if I’m going to write about GIFs, I’d have to include some as examples, which is a problem because I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to them. The second I land on a blog and there’s a constantly moving graphic, over and over…
I mean, OMG! At least give me an option for stopping the movement, okay?! That constant herky-jerky motion as I’m trying to read? I hate that!
Wow. My idea journal is really bitchy. Oh wait, this one’s not so bad:
4. The 12 Ways Cooking is Like Writing
I actually have 12 statements following this title. Sure, they’re boring as hell. Stuff like: You learn from others; The more you do it, the better you get; blah, blah, blah.
I remember cooking while I was writing them down, so one assumes I had a meal in progress that related to it. Meaning I probably had an actual recipe too.
Gosh, wouldn’t that be swell?
You know what else would be great? If I took pictures of the meal in progress!
*takes out phone*
*scroll, scroll, scroll*
Ah. Now I remember. Totally forgot to take pictures and the post was too boring to care. But hey, feel free to steal the idea if you see something there I don’t.
5: The Lonely Biblical Action Figure
There was one more item of note in my idea journal. It was a page printed from a website selling Biblical Action Figures:
Samson Action Figure
Share the story of Samson, his God-given strength, his journey of faith, and reconciliation with God with young ones, as found in the Book of Judges. Includes removable hair.
Underneath this, I had scribbled in red ink:
WHAT ABOUT DELILAH?!
Honestly. If you’re going to include “removable hair,” shouldn’t you include the bad-ass chick who removed it?
Hmm. Maybe that one was worth a blog post after all.
Ah well. Such is life.
Anyway, this represents the best of my idea journal so far. If you want, go ahead and steal them.
I wish you well.