Sunday, January 23, 2011

New Topic?

Since it's been a while without posts I am proposing that we have a new topic. Thing is, I'm having a hard time deciding on one, since it has become apparent that we have lost our desire to rise to a challenge, as evidenced by our lack of posting for topics as posted. So what is challenging enough as to evoke artistry on the part of our members but not so challenging that people are going to not participate because they have to think too much or go out of their way to create something?

One thought I had was Reimagination, sort of a different take on the previous topic of Transformation. Reimagine one piece of work in a different medium, or something like that. Your previous work redone, someone else's work as reimagined by yourself, something along those lines. But then I thought, Hmm, is that too much work that people won't do it?

So then I tried to choose a simpler topic. How about Light? Light can be interpreted so many ways, and lends itself to a variety of mediums, right? But is it too simple? Will people spend so much time thinking about how to present the topic of Light that they never create anything?

What about a very specific, somewhat mid-line difficulty topic, an assignment moreso? For example, Choose a Word that Describes an Aspect of You, Go to Flickr/Google Images/Whatever and Search that Term, Go to the (Your Age)th Picture, and Write a Short Story Using That Picture. Seems very meme-ish. And writing-specific. Which might not fly. (Although it'd probably get more contributions than, say, Yarncrafting. Go knit/crochet something, folks. There's a challenge.)

So as far as a new topic goes, I am at a loss. I want to inspire artistry and see contributions from those more silent members of this blog. But I don't want to take the time to think about topics, choose one I feel has promise, and then be disappointed down the road when no one submits. I understand we are all busy people, and that we have to give priority to real life and things other than our art. But if we never take the time to do that which we love, then are we truly artists, or just wannabes? Even a half-assed submission still flexes our creative muscles and proves that yes, we still have it in us.

I welcome discourse on the subject of a new topic, whether there would be any interest in any of my suggestions, if people are looking for a challenge or simply a word-of-the-day that can maybe possibly inspire them but maybe possibly won't. The name of the blog is Misery Competition, but I feel the only misery is the lack of posts therein.

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