Inscribing a list keeps me on my toes. Basic rules when generating a list: go big, be expansive, accept failure as part of the equation, and always use a pencil with a good eraser!
books read, books I’m longing to read, books that must be re-read.
Goals (this is where the eraser comes in handy)
Every writing project comes with an Olio or a collection of wide ranging lists:
*topographical maps of an imagined world
*questions that must be answered
*information that can only be hinted at
*hundreds of details that comprise the setting but will never be explicitly written into the story
*playlists which accompany the darkest nights of working ( Synthetic Mind Decay is prominent this month)
Indexes of memory are akin to jam or homemade wine – bottled and put away for the long winter. Take out these vintage rosters periodically. Remove them from the cool dark cellar and dust them off, decant and sip.