Today I am attempting to talk into my Nexus tablet and then transfer the text document to this WordPress site, where I am experienced and comfortable with editing documents, and where I will be able to clean them up. The voice to text on the Nexus was okay, and the error rate was good enough so that later editing text on screen would be acceptable.

On this first try syncing the following document between my tablet and PC didn’t go well and only half of the short document got transferred.  Try as I might, for some twenty minutes, after trying various things like changing the name, the full document on the Nexus still wouldn’t sync. Finally it appeared on my desktop, but after hitting a zillion keys, I don’t know why. Tomorrow I will try again, and here is today’s effort derived from my ten-minute writing prompt at my Wednesday writing group, read into the Nexus, and then transferred over my home WiFi.

Today at Dudley’s bookstore coffee shop I attend a writers’ group where we discuss how to make better stories. After we read an earlier piece and do some pleasant critiques we move on to a writing prompt.

The prompt that we chose was A novel idea.

I wrote. – How new does an idea have to be to be called a novel idea? Does throwing paint at a spinning disk and creating a paint splatter count as creating a novel idea? Or is that just a random manifestation of physical matter constrained by some form of chaos. It is only changing the parameters of chaos a bit from throwing paint at a vertical wall where the forces of gravity affect the paint in a single direction rather than a radial one. Or alternately, how about flinging the paint onto a horizontal surface where the drops would just congeal depending on the surface tension—Jackson Pollock like—although that isn’t a good comparison because Pollock inserted a lot of control into his seeming chaos.

But while I’m thinking about gravity and its influence on the chaotically tossed paint, how would it react to the absence of gravity? How would paint thrown on a canvas while in the Space Station behave where there is zero gravity? Or even more extreme, how would the paint react if they were outside the space station, out there in a perfect vacuum, and without gravity? Would the forces of randomness take on wholly new properties? Would these paintings created by randomness in very different physical conditions produce random ideas?

I think the uniquely different things themselves would not be random ideas. Instead they would be physical manifestations of the properties of the various materials and their interactions. Ideas are in the mind and without a mind there are no ideas whatsoever. Within each example of created paint splatters there would be new things to see, and they would have their unique qualities that would be characteristic of the way they were created. But any new ideas they stimulate will be in the mind of the beholder. Ideas are always in the mind, and the obvious conclusion is that all ideas are within the mind and all of them are novel. The random forms each type of paint splatter would create would be unique for only a few times to the mind, and the spinning platter form would soon become so consistent to the mind as to cease being new, and soon tedious and soon boring and painful to the mind because of their random consistency.

The same form of chaos soon becomes boring to a mind seeking novelty.