I’m glad you enjoyed the story, Ryan. Thanks for letting me know!
As for the compost heap, I’ve been using a commonplace book of 3x5 notecards for the last few years, and I absolutely love it. I’ve always preferred physical stuff (books, notecards, etc.) over digital media, so this system has been great for me. It’s made it SOOOO much easier to “remember” quotes and stories, and it’s really revolutionized my writing process as well. I can’t say enough good things about it.
You can find more details here if you’re interested.