Each Friday, I post a different photobooth frame or strip from my personal collection and write about it on my blog. In my 36 years of living, I’ve built up quite a collection — personal strips taken at drugstores, amusement parks, restaurants, nightclubs (at so many different stages of my life), as well as beautiful old strips I thankfully inherited from parents and grandparents and other relatives. And my collection is not limited to personal strips — there are also vintage ones that I’ve found in the bottom of boxes at fleamarkets or junk stores or that others have thoughtfully passed on to me.
The idea behind this weekly creative exercise is as simple as this: share the image and tell the story, be it fictional or non-fictional. Also: it’s a place to share a collection that means the world to me. It’s motivation to write every Friday. It’s reason to drop everything and go out and find the nearest photobooth.
I invite all to participate once a week, once a month, once a year, whenever and however. The only thing better than sharing my own photobooth strips and stories are the ones posted by others that I get to check out each and every weekend.
My project is designed to encourage people to cultivate the fine art of wishing. On Valentine’s Day 2007, I launched Wishcasting, a blog designed to be a safe haven for wishes, a fertile field in which to plant wish seeds and have them witnessed and tended lovingly. This project was built on the belief that it’s powerful to share your wishes with the world and exponentially so when those wishes are witnessed and encouraged.
There are 2 parts to Wishcasting: sharing and supporting.
Participants email their wishes in for posting.
The wish can be a sentence, a picture, a poem, a piece of artwork, a list, a collage, whatever form you like.
A wish can be posted anonymously.
The details of a wish don’t have to be revealed.
You can support a wish in the comment section by saying "As (insert name ) wishes for her/himself, so I wish for her/him also."
You can add to your commentary, but supporters are encouraged to begin with the above phrase. There is something very special in this simple statement. It carries the weight of trusting and believing in the wisher as well as the wish.
I wish for a virtual explosion of wishes and an ever-growing community of wishers. What do you wish for?
Continuing my tradition of being an early adopter — on the cutting edge of the internet space, I’ve recently started a 52 Projects page on this new thing called MySpace. It’s this amazing connective community site. You’ve probably never heard of it, but I think you should definitely check it out.
I also figured that starting a 52 Projects MySpace page would help in my effort to spend less time online in front of a computer, and more time out and about.
But seriously, so many people have MySpace pages: SMITH, Glowlab, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Hillary Carlip, Rachel Kramer Bussel — the list goes on and on. Thought it would be fun to connect on MySpace with those folks, and with 52 Projects readers as well.
Gordon Hurd interviews Edward P. Jones, author of the new story collection All Aunt Hagar’s Children, at his writing site AfterTheMFA.com. This is a very insightful interview — Jones explains how he crafts his stories, and really opens up about his approach to the writing life. An extremely inspiring read.
This contest was established by the folks who run the Plum of the Month Club, a very cool project that puts a "juicy handmade item in your mailbox each month." Subscription information is here. I like how the project supports handmade DIY craft-makers, and involves getting a little surprise in the mail. I also really like the graphic in the top right corner of the site: "Here you go!"… "Aww, thanks, dude!"