I know it's not necessarily what freetext was designed for, but sometimes, when I'm starving for ideas, I just browse freetexts. Pick two, and try to make a submission that uses them both. It can be a lot of fun, and it helps fill out the categories.
I miss the Freetext Fiesta thread. I liked having a weekly direction to aim my efforts in. But, good job, val. I shall check out the trimmed list.