Conveniently, on Thursday a friend of mine posted to a forum we're both on about her starter made with wild yeast. She listed the steps and shared a picture and it sounded so simple even I could do it so I bit the bullet Friday.
This is how it looked on Day 1 after being mixed.
When I was home, I stirred it every four to six hours, wet the towel again, wrapped the bowl in the towel and put it back on the microwave.
On Day 2 I noticed a few small bubbles in the mix. Not many but a few. I continued the stirring, towel wetting, and bowl wrapping routine every four to six hours. I wish I'd gotten a picture of that but I'd had a long day at work and was too tired to do much but what I absolutely had to.
Today is Day 3 and when I checked the bowl this morning, this is what I found. I hold the secret to life! Itself! ('scuse the reference to The Rocky Horror Picture Show but this moment seemed fitting for it)
The friend who posted about her starter is sick and unable to answer questions so I read her posts about the starter and gathered from them what I needed to do next. I added a pinch of flour and a pinch of sugar to the mix, stirred it, wet the towel with hot water, squeezed out the excess, wrapped the bowl in the hot towel, and put it back on the microwave. A few hours later I found a growing, yeasty smelling mess of stuff in the bowl. Success!
I'm not sure what to do at this point. I've gone to several sites and read about making starter this way and some say to discard half of what's in the bowl, feed the remainder and and leave it out for another couple of days. Others say to just feed for a couple of days without discarding any. For now, I'm going to leave Adam (that's what I've named this starter since he's my first) alone and will stir and feed him tomorrow morning before work.
I hope I don't return home to a blob of yeast taking over my kitchen!