For years I've kept an ongoing list of notes in my phone. Obviously, I never write down anything important that I actually need to remember, but I do keep a running tally of random ideas that seem brilliant at the time. Sometimes I look at my list. Most of the time I'm like: wtf. Here is a sample of phrases and story ideas I found when I looked just now: porch week, get people to answer a prison intake form, Helsinki syndrome, no kale in Japan, salmon derby, Chinese calzone giant dumpling, not Yelp, stranded mammal, fashion kinesiologist, pizza dartboard, male model safari, bring a psychic.