Sunday, January 24, 2016

Today's Blog Theme -- Journals

Big bad weather changes are not kind to my joints. No sir. So I've been entertaining myself with books, among other things (like a card game with Zack where I have no idea whether the card I'm getting ready to play is a good one. It's usually not.)

So I thought I'd share not books, but my journals.  Books would take all day and I'd like to read one. Another day I'll show you my dream bookcases and my favorite books! If you live near Annapolis, MD, a date at Barnes and Noble often requires two coffees. You up for it? Message me!

Ready?  And please feel free to make comments below!




Books are akin to different worlds to me, where the bad guy doesn't always lose and the beginning sometimes starts in the middle. This is one of my many journals, filling with a story. When I was younger, I wrote a lot of fantasy, with sword-wielding heroes and kickass heroines and a dragon or two. Now, I'm compiling my life and the odd funny story I dreamed up into a beautiful collection of journals I've been gifted.




This is a stack of finished journals. When I say "finished", I don't mean I wrote until the last page. For me, every journal has a definitive end. It's not always happy, and sometimes the end makes no sense to anyone but me, but they're complete.


Stumped at how to get started? A couple of years ago, I gave these away. Each day has a question to answer and lasts for five years. I got one for Zack, too, aimed at his age, and it covers three years. I have to admit we both stopped writing in year two because some of the questions just gutted us at the time, but we'll get back into it. The lovely thing about multi-year journals is you can start at any time.




Lastly, if you can, treat yourself at least once to a luxe journal. My husband bought this on Etsy from Europe, and while it came way after Christmas (NOT the seller's fault...I've been in their country and I knew it would take a while), it's fantastic.  If you don't want to spend a lot of money, Staples has come out with a new line of notebooks that are gorgeous.


I hope you'll write your story, be it fact or fiction. I want to leave my husband and son with some laughs, giggles, and a couple of "Mommmmmm!"s. (Those are the really good and unexpected stories.)


Why don't you start writing by leaving a comment?  ;-)

17 comments:

  1. Hello Lori Dear. I am enjoying your new blog format and sharing. These journals are amazing and the fact that you have been writing for so many years. I never get past about a week or two. Maybe I have yet to find anything that sparks my pen. Your husband really did fabulous with that purple leather journal. 2016 will be an amazing year dear...

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    1. Something beautiful to write in helps! The past few blog posts have been me dipping my toe in. I vow to remain honest (Brene Brown is a good one to look up) but if you look back a few years at my "confession" blogs..
      well, I'm trying to figure out what went wrong. I think it was lack of anything else in my mind, actually.

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  2. I have been writing in a journal of some kind off and on for the last 50 years or so:Sometimes to get my feelings out and sometimes just to write. These days I been thinking that I may want to edit some things that maybe I don't want to share if they are found after I am gone. And then sometimes I think "what the hell."

    But also now days I am really into family history, so I need to get motivated to write down the stories of my life, and the stories that have been passed down to me. My granddaughter at 14 is already a fabulous story teller and I know if I can pass down stories to her she will pass them on to the next generations.

    If I lived in your area, I would love to sit down a t Barnes and Noble and talk about books. My writer friend Craig, doesn't think anyone reads and I am trying to convince him that we are out there.

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    1. Tell him to visit www.GoodReads.com...lots of readers, book groups, and great exposure for new.authors!

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  3. Your Sad post arrived in my mail and even tho you've deleted it, I feel like I have to comment. I'm so sorry that happened to you. It wasn't fair. I knew nothing about the other bead soup party so I was still disappointed when you cancelled it. I hope you do it again, maybe just smaller with people you know, and include me!!

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    1. Well, things beyond my control happen and I believe this is the end of thevBSBP. I have other ideas brewing, and I'm concentrating on getting healthier and getting more creative with my hops, so please stay tuned!

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  4. What a pile of beautiful treasure you have there! Writing is a really great practice - the only real spot I write is my blog, and I've vowed to make that a more frequent occurance this year. On the to-do list for today!

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    1. Yay! Looking forward to it!

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  5. Do you have a link to the5 year journal?

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    1. If you put n "5 year journals" in Amazon, a bunch come up, which I shouldn't have done because I see cool new things. The one I'm using is http://www.amazon.com/Day-5-Year-Journal-Potter-Style/dp/0307719774/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453742379&sr=8-1&keywords=Q+%26+a+day

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    2. This is the Cjildren/Teen version

      http://www.amazon.com/Q-Day-Kids-Three-Year-Journal/dp/0307952967/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1453742379&sr=8-2&keywords=Q+%26+a+day

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    3. And I really want this one but it will have to wait.


      http://www.amazon.com/Q-Day-Creatives-4-Year-Journal/dp/0804186405/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1453742379&sr=8-6&keywords=Q+%26+a+day

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  6. Oh...just scanned Amazon and marked at least five prompting-Journals I want. better sell some beads, or ask Rick for one for my birthday!

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  7. Hi Lori, I think it is wonderful that you are leaving stories behind for Zack when you are no longer there. To pass your love of writing on to Zach and get him started at journaling at a young age is fabulous. I do not journal myself but I have written a couple of short stories. I have considered writing about my life but I have not started yet.

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  8. I stopped writing in journals after I got married (except when I needed to really let off some steam!) and more recently my blog has been where I write -- not as often as I probably could, but at least I'm leaving a legacy for grandchildren of who I am.
    I do like the idea of a journal that gives prompts... off to check them out!

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  9. Oh, I do love journals! I have a stack of finished ones much like yours... And a stack of unfinished ones, too, because I tend to flit from notebook to notebook until I find one that is perfect for the time. Sometimes I use my fancy moleskine (usually when I need to feel confident and secure that my words actually matter) and other times I use a cheap spiral bound journals that are good for on-the-go messy still-coalescing thoughts. My current one is a mixture of both. I also always have a notebook in my purse, and one by my bedside table, to jot down random ideas and snatches of dreams. ...What can I say, apparently I'm a journal addict! :)

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  10. I have tried to do journaling and never seem to make it past the first week though I did do a journal of a sort on my phone. I managed to keep it going for a year. I think that I will look into the prompting journals.

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