I found this photo years ago when I was researching RE/USES, a book about how to reuse and recycle things that might otherwise be thrown away. After many years as a writer, I have my own giant ball of string–fragments of prose and bits of thinking. Much like the man in the photo, I take satisfaction in my archive though I’m not entirely sure what to do with it. Recently, I decided to use the more promising bits as prompts. If they inspire something worthwhile, I’ll share it here.