Write down some numbers that mean something to you or that you, in this moment, are drawn to. Write about them for 10 minutes. What do these numbers mean to you? To someone else? Are there any superstitions about this or that number? What color would this number be? Look around the room: where can you spot this number? Has a number haunted you all your life?
Free write any details you can think of related to the bedrooms you’ve had throughout your life up until this point. Even if that detail is that the bedroom had plain white walls and was intensely boring, write that down. What’s the story about the broken lamp on the nightstand? What does the underside of the bed look like and why? What does the inside of the closet look like? What color are the hangers?
First pick a color. Now, what is that color? What does it look like? What does it mean to you? List things that are that color. How does this color relate to other colors? Where do you see this color most often? Where do you see this color in nature? In a city? In a store? What feelings do you associate with this color?
Part of what makes us human is that we can construct our lives, and the lives of others, into narratives. These narratives are otherwise known as stories. Dogs, even if they could talk, could not look back and think, “When I was a wee puppy, Mr. Freckles was my favorite chewy toy.” But we can.