Ideas for Indie Movie Titles & Plots: Day 28

It's Day 28 of the Idea Machine Project. Today's topic: Come up with 10 ideas for indie movies. I think my ideas are pretty awesome—I should start writing the treatments tonight. Actually, back in the 1990s, I wrote a screenplay that received positive notes from a couple of industry readers with solid credentials, but I gave up trying to sell it and moved on. Hmm....Perhaps I should return … [Read more...]

Quora Questions That Pull Me In

Curiosity is one of my strongest urges. I'm curious about everything and I love learning. That's probably why I stopped visiting Quora several years ago. I was using Quora early on, but since I'm prone to dash when my eyes perceive "Squirrel" it's one of those social networks that can be a real time-sink for me. Although I found it intriguing in 2011, I didn't stick around. In fact, I had no … [Read more...]

Wisdom Mashup: New Books By Combining Ideas

It's Day 26 of the Idea Machine Project. For today, Claudia Altucher has us combining and mashing ideas from two previous days. The objective: Come up with new book titles and subtitles based on the influential books that I listed on Day and the lines that struck a chord with me (Day 23). The subtitle is based on the book and the title is based on the line. If you're confused, see Claudia's … [Read more...]

Idea Machine: A Penny Saved?

It's Day 25 for me in the Idea Machine project. I'm blogging my way through Claudia Altucher's book, Become an Idea Machine, as I reconfigure The Ben Franklin Follies. My original intention for The Ben Franklin Follies was to make the site a place to explore ideas, but didn't execute that very well. Over the past two years, however, I've slowly figured out how where I want to go with my vision. … [Read more...]

10 Recipe Ideas

Recipe ideas are the focus of Day 24 of the Idea Machine Project, which I explain in this post. I love trying new combinations of ingredients I have on hand to make a meal I enjoy. It's something I do pretty regularly. FYI: As a roll out the Shinecast media components, I'll be publishing my food and cooking content at a new website. I'll update the link here when the new site goes live. I'll … [Read more...]

10 Lines That Resonate: Idea Machine, Day 23

I was in for a surprise when I swiped the "page" in my Kindle to Day 23 of Claudia Altucher's book, Become an Idea Machine. The prompt: List 10 lines or phrases from a book, movie, or conversation that "left you wondering" and explain why. That's a bit of a paraphrase, but it's how I've interpreted the prompt for today. The reason today's hard is because: I read a lot, often highlighting … [Read more...]

Day 22, Idea Machine Project: People Who Impacted My Life

Today's topic for Becoming an Idea Machine is to list 10 people who made an impact in my life and briefly explain why. I've intentionally excluded family members because that's too easy and too complex. I thought about excluding teachers, as well, but decided to include a couple of my early school teachers who helped to spark, inspire and nurture my innate curiosity. Backstory: I'm … [Read more...]

Idea Machine, Day 21: Explaining My Wisdom

Claudia Altucher gives an intriguing prompt for Day 21 of Become an Idea Machine. The gist is about coming up with book titles to describe life lessons and wisdom I've acquired over the years, along with a few items for the table of contents in these books. I suggest you read Become an Idea Machine [affiliate link] for a better understanding. [affiliate links explained here] If you're … [Read more...]

Day 20: Gratitude as Spiritual Practice

On Day 20 of the Idea Machine Project, I focus on gratitude as a spiritual practice. After this quick introduction, I write about gratitude in 11 areas of my life. Seeing Gratitude Although I've always had a generally grateful attitude about whatever I've experienced, until about four or five years ago, I've rarely taken the time to write down specific things I'm grateful for. It's not … [Read more...]

Idea Machine, Day 19: Mental Practice

Here are 22 ideas I came up with this morning for ways that I can improve my mental performance. Some ideas will help me to more efficient, through better use of systems. Others will boost my creativity and powers of observation. As with all of these posts, I'm typing from the journal where I write them in stream-of-consciousness thinking. I'm not spending time editing, clarifying or … [Read more...]