Last night I sat down to quickly pick, write, and post something. Thinking was contraindicated, and brevity was a real goal. Ninety minutes and 895 words later, it was obvious that those plans had gone a bit off the rails. Here’s what I wanted to do before I went off into la-la land.
Given my filing system for photos and given the way Chuck Wendig has us use random numbers to pick a subject for our Flash Fiction Challenges, for those days when I haven’t got a clue what to post about and need a “seed idea” to start with, why not combine random numbers with my filing system? Pick a number between 1999 and 2015. Pick a number between 1 and 12. Pick a number between 1 and 31 (or 30 or 28). Odds are better than 50/50 that there were photos taken that day. If necessary, re-pick that third number to get a date where pictures were taken. If necessary, pick a letter between “a” and whatever the last one used is to narrow down which directory to pick from.
Find a single photo from that directory for today’s topic.
See, isn’t that simple? There’s a neat little app that will do this now, so it works like this — 2012 + 3 + 16
Honda was at that time the big official automobile sponsor of the LA Marathon, and they had a minivan that had been detailed with the names of about 20,000 runners. Can you find my name?