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Incomprehensible Notes to Yourself

HippieVan at 12:00AM, Oct. 7, 2016

I think we all do this – you leave a quick note to yourself with some great idea you’ve had, or something you need to remember to do later on. Days, weeks, or months later you re-discover the note and you have no idea what your past self was thinking. For artists and writers, notes to yourself can get particularly nonsensical. Here’s a small collection of notes on my phone which have lost all meaning to me since I wrote them.

I left this one for myself two days ago. I guess I got distracted?

She gets back home and
This one is almost certainly related to my comic, but I totally left myself hanging! Pull it together, past me!

Pirate ship of cats
Flag is a cat skull and crossbones
I’m not sure if this was for a comic or just a fun mental image

No idea whatsoever.

Pink lady – pink/purple hair in front
Light pink dress
Fuchsia boots
Pink tights
White parka
Was this a real person I saw, or some kind of character idea?

What does the man say to his wife who’s a bayou?
Unfortunately the punchline to this obviously stellar joke has been lost to time.

The moon with her ghost
Chases companion planets
Through gradient dusk
Was I writing haikus? WHY?

Feather pen
Paper store
Liquor punch
Dreams movie
I really need to stop assuming future me will know what I mean by short noun combinations.

Cats teaching box sitting
I’m not sure what this idea was intended for, but it’s pretty funny.

Move the Captain
What captain? Why am I supposed to move him? And where?

What’s the weirdest note you’ve ever left to yourself? Did you ever figure out what it meant?

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Ironscarf at 10:04AM, Oct. 8, 2016

These are great! You could spin a whole novel from Move The Captain. I usually write enough to remind me what the note was about, but one night I was on my way home after having quite a lot to drink and stumbled across this little street that stuck me as perfect for a scene I wanted to draw. I took out my bit of paper and stood for quite a while writing copious notes about the location. Next morning I pulled the crumpled paper from my coat pocket and all it said was "What the fuck is this?"

ayesinback at 9:14AM, Oct. 8, 2016

I just love "the moon with her ghost." I tend to write down snippets I like, thinking I might incorporate them some how some time. Example: but my dear, I am Undone!

KimLuster at 4:14PM, Oct. 7, 2016

Haha cellphone notes have saved my life... I've yet to create one I don't remember what for - if I do I'll PQ it to ya! :D

HippieVan at 9:06AM, Oct. 7, 2016

@MOrgan: Hey, that's not bad!

HippieVan at 9:06AM, Oct. 7, 2016

@Banes: I may have to work the box sitting lessons into my comic somehow. Cat pirates would be hilarious too, but I have no idea where I intended to go with it.

HippieVan at 9:05AM, Oct. 7, 2016

@bravo: My problem with handwritten notes is that they just get lost entirely!

MOrgan at 2:08AM, Oct. 7, 2016

"What does the man say to his wife who’s a bayou?" Get away from him and come by me. ;-)

plymayer at 1:53AM, Oct. 7, 2016

I have also been known to text or e-mail myself. Also, with fragments of ideas. Once, I sent myself a voice message.

plymayer at 12:52AM, Oct. 7, 2016

Do it all the time. Sometimes there are little stick figures too. They also make no sense as time goes by.

Banes at 12:30AM, Oct. 7, 2016

Some of these are intriguing - Cat Pirates and "cats teaching box sitting" in particular. Haha! I have tons of notes and scribbles laying around. Just checked my notes on the phone and found one that says "woman with two-three heads".

bravo1102 at 12:24AM, Oct. 7, 2016

It's even worse with my bad handwriting. A lot of my hand written notes have a few recognizeable letters and the rest is squiggles and dots.

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