The Ideas Dish Pan can have anything from Internet print-outs, photos or articles clipped from magazines and newspapers, to a scrap of writing I may have found in the parking lot or on the lawn. It could be a notice about a stray pet or flyer for a garage sale—or just the way something’s worded that catches my eye. It could be a word itself.
Dish Pan Gold could be an article, picture or ad torn from a magazine I’ve purchased, a catalog that came in the mail or a free handout from an organization that’s trying to persuade me to donate or join. It could also be something I overheard or that popped into my head that I jotted down in the notebook I always carry with me.
This collection of intriguing tidbits is my “dirt” that I pan when I’m looking for an idea. I may not be aware of it, but at the time I collected that scrap, the idea had already popped into my head. In fact, it was my mind that had served as the magnet. All that remained was for me to return once more to the idea and start panning.
In addition to my Idea Dishpan, I have two others, making a total of 3 Dishpans:
• DISH PAN #1 - Ideas
• DISH PAN #2 – Works in progress
• DISH PAN #3 – Drafted works for revision
The Idea Dish Pan reminds me of my childhood days when I had jars filled with fossils and unusual stones that I’d collected along the shores of Canandaigua Lake or in the Adirondack Mountains in New York State where I spent my summers. I also collected stamps, trading cards, bubble gum cards, post cards… Each of these items had a story and a memory.