I've been secretly playing along with The Portfolio Project since the beginning of the year. This brainchild of the lovely and talented Jens, Jen Lee and Jen Lemen, is a game to accumulate new creative material. The idea is to set a goal and just create, fast and dirty, a lot of raw material, pages or paintings and photographs, or pots, whatever it is you create.
I committed to pages (at least three long-hand a day) and I've managed to keep it up so far. Even when The Kid was sick I managed to scrape out three over the course of the day, scribbling a paragraph at a time. These pages often contain the spark of an idea, or an image that later make their way into poems.
I've been keeping it a secret because I am a little superstitious about talking about writing when it's going well. I can talk about writing all day long when I'm not doing it, but when I am, it seems that a lot of examination of the process tends to derail the train.
Jen Lee is doing a little roundup of work from The Portfolio Project here.