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Your Creativity: Little Orphan Annie Ideas
For a long time, when I have been in-between jobs or just having one of my patented nightly anxiety spazes which inspires to me to mutter in bed—loudly—about mortgages and school bills, I have comforted myself with a few back-up plans. One of them is to invent a washing machine that comes preloaded with colorful little gumballs of detergent that pop out with each cycle (imagine: the end of lugging heavy, bag-breaking detergent bottles). The other is to open up a meatball shop called, uh, Leigh's Meatballs. For many years, when I mentioned the meatballs to strangers at cocktail parties, they would nod confusedly, and then say, "Oh......! You mean like meatball sandwiches!"
"No," I said, firmly. "Just meatballs. No spaghetti. No bread. A little sauce, that's it. The store is not for meatball dibble-dabblers. It's for hard core, committed meatball lovers."
Shockingly, about a year ago, a man (who will remain unmentioned in this article) also had a meatball epiphany. But he got it together and actually opened up a meatball shop, which has gone onto great fame and is opening new locations, hither and yon.
Today, stumbling on this video from Behance, in which This American Life contributor and producer Starlee Kine talks about Little Orphan Annie ideas (translation: ideas that we leave abandoned and un-actualized in our minds) I realized that I had a thing or two to learn. Kine's talk is long, but it is worth listening to, especially when she's talking about the need for a "the sheer force of will" to keep an idea alive and not letting an idea "die" on the car ride to hospital.
She doesn't discuss this in her talk but, no doubt, people also looked at her a little oddly, when she mentioned she was cold-emailing Phil Collins to talk about her breakup with a boyfriend and her idea as to how to fix herself. The next time, nothing is coming between me and my dream of meatballs (or whatever the next dream is).
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