I am stagnating and therefore am starting “Tuesdays with Binary.” The concept has been lifted from a blog I used to read a while back. The basic idea is I give a word, some random word and anyone who steps into my world can use that word in any which way they please. You can write a post, quote a verse, compose a poem, a haiku, stick a picture, or even link an older post or someone who reminds of something pertaining to that word. Simple eh!!
I used to do this a while back and realized the creativity it demanded. I have always thought of myself as a creative person, but somehow in the slap-dash, bing-bang ways of daily life it takes a back seat. I was reading a beautiful article on how Google is making us stupid. It kind of hit me hard. Since finishing up with my degree, I have gone back to the one thing that I absolutely love-reading books. I got this amazing book out, something I have been wanting to read for ages and sat with it. 10 minutes later, I was bored, couldn’t focus and was looking up too many things on wikipedia for explanation. I assumed I did not like that book anymore, and left it at that. Reading this article struck a chord. It is not I who has changed, it is only the way I read that has changed. I have been used to reading small chapters or skimming through 10 page articles looking for bytes I could use or trying to figure out the essence of the argument. I would usually google up relevant words, look up the results, choose articles of relevance, print them out and mark appropriate paragraphs. In short, it did not require much of my attention. Reading books, reading poetry usually kick starts my imagination and that is what makes me creative. There is a difference in imagining things and imagination that makes you do creative things. The “Tuesday word” I am hoping will do that again for me. It will help me concentrate on something, think about something constant and help me get out of a rut. Writing should not be forced I know, but sometimes the best works are the ones that come under pressure.
So with much fanfare, I unveil my first Tuesday word : See (Like in I saw this, I am seeing this or I would love to see that) Go on get rolling. Let me see all the ways this word can be used. One liners, 10 liners any way you please.