So, I made a decision which new journal to use. It is one that I had put away as an extra. I purchased it almost two years ago when I saw it on a clearance rack and figured I could always use a back up extra. How did I know this? I actually wrote about it in another journal that I was rummaging through the other day and found my entry. And, so I am going to use it. It is a light purple color, with a soft back cover, 6×8″ in size. The paper is softly lined; not so much like school paper that it would be a distraction. I have embellished the first page inside with a rubber stamp: “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something SENSATIONAL to read in the train” (Oscar Wilde). And, so it is ready for my next entries. I have been carrying it around for a few days but have not put pen to its paper. I’m getting use to the feel of it and its company so that when that absolute need to write comes I will be ready. I love what Anne Lamott says about never leaving home without pen/pencil and paper; even just a 3×5 index card. You just never know when you will see something or have a thought that must go on paper. Maybe a writer’s motto is like the scout’s: Be Prepared! And, since the front of this journal is not embellished I will look for some image to put on the cover. I may use a greeting card with a special or significant quote that speaks to where I am in this present time. Or chose a picture or icon that draws me to it. And, so I begin a new volume, excited to see what gets both put down on the page and what comes forth from the page. It is always a fascinating, surprising and yet ordinary journey that I never tire of.
February 17, 2010 at 9:12 pm
The Oscar WIlde quote is funny, but he is right – we should live sensational lives!