As anyone who talks to me on a regular basis — in a situation where I’m prone to musing — can attest to, I spend a fair amount of time thinking about fairly insane things which I would love to do and then write an article about them. Vague? Yeah. I have a big series of long articles which would be physically grueling (and a bit dangerous) that I would love to try to do. I don’t want to go into detail on that one because I still do hope, someday, to carry it out. My wife, who is sane and patient and has a more normal view of danger than I do, thinks that it’s an awful idea and doesn’t want me to do it (which is why I’m not, right now). I am ever hopeful.
Anyway. One idea which has just crossed my mind at the moment, which I could feasibly try without too much difficulty — because it doesn’t involve leaving the house — would be along article chronicling going several days and nights without any sleep at all.
What I’ve read on the internet indicates that one can actually go a fair amount of time without sleep (one discussion claims thirteen days to a month). This is lunatic and not at all practical. What I wonder about, though, is three days, four nights. Something like that. And while I’m doing that, I would still go about my day to day stuff, see how that changes as I run down on sleep. I would also keep a running document going on the laptop and I add to it now and then, as things change.
I don’t know that it would make a valuable article to anyone (for one thing, I bet it’s been done), but it would make an interesting blog article. And it would be interesting to try.
Partly because there are shows like Survivorman as well as Morgan Spurlock’s fascinating 30 Days series.
(I think that if I weren’t a writer-with-family, I would be some sort of weirdo survivalist)
That’s the sort of nutty things I come up with and go “Cool, how can I feasibly do that?”
(I’m not completely nuts: My second thought is always how can I do this safely?)