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[Comments] (4) : I read Marc Levinson's book The Box, about the history of containerized shipping, and I had an epiphany. Creative epiphanies are rare for me and when they do happen they're usually not very interesting. I was on the plane coming back from Barcelona and I thought: "Dada Chess". I wrote down "Dada Chess" in my notebook, and when I got home I wrote Dada Chess. Not that interesting. (But now over 10k games played!)

But for the better part of the decade I've been trying to come up with some fiendish plot involving shipping containers. Wednesday I was reading on the subway, when I looked up and envisioned a shipping container with the logo of an organization from my current writing project. I thought: Why would they make shipping-- and then I knew why. One of this organization's plot points makes one of my old shipping container schemes usable. It took years to create, but it fits together.

The feeling you get when everything fits together is a drug that I'm addicted to. It's why I write and read and play games. Like all drugs it's probably not good for me on balance, but unlike other drugs it produces things of value as a side effect.


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Posted by Jan at Sat Jun 27 2009 06:21

Good for you, Leonard.

Posted by Evan at Sat Jun 27 2009 12:35

Leonard is like FedEx for the creation and realization of epiphanies: he thinks, writes, and realizes in express (and expressive) form :)

I absolutely love this post, and I'm also a fan of things fitting together.

Posted by Susie at Sat Jun 27 2009 23:40

That's why I like Seinfeld.

Posted by Fafner at Tue Jun 30 2009 13:39

Have you read Spook Country? William Gibson's latest. Came out a few years ago. Big plot point involving a shipping container -- it was essentially the McGuffin of the whole book.


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