I’ve been an idea collector most of my life. For years, as a bartender, I jotted down ideas onto bar napkins as they came into my head. Eventually those napkins would get shoved into bedside notebooks that were meant for scribbling down those mid-slumber gems and sheep-countin, drunken epiphanies. The goal was always to take those ideas and expand upon them.
Some of them made their way to a stage. Others made their way into an occasional script or doodle. Unfortunately my penmanship mid-martini pour and pre-pillow drooling is not ideal. So, many of them made absolutely no sense at a second glance and just became a napkin collection.
Dwarfing my poor penmanship problem is my “it’s not ready yet” problem. Many an idea has died on pages seen by my eyes only.
Everything can always use another edit, but sometimes you just need to get it out there and move on to the next thing. The Napkin Collection is all about letting the rough and unpolished see the light of day.