Part of the SUCCESSIVE APPROXIMATION process is being open to ACCIDENT from one iteration of your art to the next. As I'm sure I say in the book, it's like biological evolution:
"Biological evolution shows the way: every organism is born with slight variations in its genetic makeup. Sometimes the variation is not particularly helpful: a five-legged squirrel might find it more difficult to escape the hawk, not easier. Sometimes, though, the mutation helps the individual win out over adversity and permit him/her to mate, possibly passing on the winning trait to progeny. If that happens enough, then eventually we might get used to seeing squirrels with hindquarters like kangaroos or elephants with laser eyes."
Here's what happened to me today. In a brave attempt to do no work on the meat of this website — nor even on the book, having just discovered that the chapter on SUCCESSIVE APPROXIMATION really needs some authorship applied to it — I decided to play with a graphic design for a t-shirt promoting the Nine Precepts. Because you'd buy that, right?
Real simple design: Lichtenbergianism at the top, with a chart of the Precepts. Simplicity itself.
Of course, I haven't yet come up with a solid icon for ABANDONMENT, so that block is blank.
But doesn't that make sense? Either we give up on the project, or we set it aside, or we declare it finished and put it out there for the world to admire. No matter the end, we end up with a blank spot, don't we?
I'm thinking that may be our icon. Completely by ACCIDENT.