Progressing through the topics.
I had delayed going on with my list of topics for discussion because I thought it would be good if participants had an opportunity to do little self-introductions first, and to hopefully, through this vehicle, better define what it might be that we wish to discuss. But I don't want to stand in the way of a possible dialogue either... so this is to resume the process of working through topics, on the basis that people can throw in their personal accounts at any point they like.
Now to pick up Anna's take on what might be next with the question - can this (i.e. Project 366) become a permanent thing. This is more or less my Topic 3. So let me open discussion on this now.
Projects beyond 366 – Project 52, Project 12, Project 1 ?
I personally don't think an automatic continuation is the right way to go, basically because it might doom the project to entropy. But I do think continuations of various kinds could be good. But each continuation with a 'natural' limit, and requiring effort to extend beyond/renew.
For instance, I think a Project 365 would be good for next year, though I'm not sure how many current participants would wish to be in that? It is quite a commitment, the daily doing-it for a year. On the other hand that might be a commitment some of the 366 guests this year might wish to take up for next year. In any case, it would be good if there were a crew doing it daily for next year. I'm not sure if I'd want to be in that crew, but I am sure I wouldn't wish to organise it. Maybe if there's a new group, it should invite the old-timers as guests or sporadic contributors. Could this be a good collaborative project among Creative Writing classes? For instance in different parts of the world?
I have another idea though, for next year, that might appeal to those who are doing the whole year this year. That is Project 52 – in other words a project where participants post something weekly for the year. Thus producing a body of 52 works/texts by year's end. This could be a nice way to make something like a book-length work. It would be a less pressured exercise and it might result in more polished work. It could even be used to return to 366 drafts and polish them, for instance towards a collection. It might have different feedback mechanisms, mentoring procedures/relationships. Being a little less frenzied, probably all sorts of different things might be possible. So I throw that idea out for discussion. And who knows – after Project 52 then Project 12 (?), to be followed by Project 1?