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Jan. 31st, 2002

Hi, folks. You know, one thing worries me about this LJ business. Ever since I stated keeping one, I've stopped writing in my private, hardcopy journal. I think this is a bad thing. I've kept a journal off and on for about 18 years, and I think it's been good therapy. People have pointed out to me that I could do "private" entries that cannot even be read by people on my friends list. But, frankly, I'm not comfortable with putting my deepest thoughts and secrets online, even if they are extremely well protected.

So I think I need to think of a way to inspire myself to do more paper journaling, too. Maybe a beautiful blank book and lots of colored pens would inspire me?


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Jan. 31st, 2002 09:08 am (UTC)
Getting away from the computer and listening to music without a screen in front of me generally gets me writing in my paper journal. I write a lot before bed, or if I have the house to myself, I curl up on the couch.
Jan. 31st, 2002 09:14 am (UTC)
also, you can always print out your lj and bind it. :-)

hey, any news on where beltane is gonna be this year? i had a blast last year and would love to go again...also, amy wants to come up for it.
Feb. 1st, 2002 06:04 am (UTC)
I think it's gonna be at Tammy's family's place again. We're looking at the weekend of May 10th. Sunday the 12th is Mother's Day, but people normally roll out on that morning. I'm going to post to the yahoo group and see if anyone objects.
Feb. 1st, 2002 08:48 am (UTC)
Re: Beltane
Jan. 31st, 2002 10:35 am (UTC)
Do you have a time of day that you "close up shop" to do private writing?

(I've never kept a journal with any regularity, though frankly it would be a good idea, so LJ doesn't cut into my journal time).
Jan. 31st, 2002 10:41 am (UTC)
Hiya! I do sort of have a "close up shop" time, but I prefer to spend as much time as possible interacting with my Sweet Baboo during that time. Sigh.

BTW, I got your message. I'm sorry we've been out so much lately. Tonight, I'm afraid, is no exception as we will have to go to Eric's parents place to bathe a kitten. I'm not sure how early we'll be back, but I will try to call if I'm able.
Jan. 31st, 2002 10:45 am (UTC)

I'll try to catch you this weekend if you don't get home early enough tonight. There's no fire or anything. :)
Jan. 31st, 2002 06:41 pm (UTC)
In my experience ...
... first thing in the morning is the way to go. It gives critic brain a chance to vent and allows artist brain some breathing room. This works best for me, but I know others who do as Eva suggested and journal as they close up shop for the night, as it were ...

A beautiful new blank book is definitely a thing of beauty and temptation for the writing psyche! I say go for it!
Feb. 1st, 2002 11:15 am (UTC)
Re: In my experience ...
Keeping a dream book/journal with some pens on the bedside table is, for me, the best way to motivate me to write down dreams and random thoughts . . . also, carrying one around with me helps (I actually wind up writing snatches of things down in the blank notebook pages in my DayTimer knockoff datebook thingy, and copying them into a journal later).

-- Andi
Feb. 1st, 2002 01:50 pm (UTC)
morning pages
I have actually been keeping a paper journal for the first time in years. Every morning, I write four pages in it. These are called "morning pages". I find that since I've been doing so, my LJ has become less intensely personal, but I'm OK with that.
Feb. 25th, 2002 07:59 am (UTC)
belated suggestions (fairly long....)
so i was cruising through eric's LJ and switched over to yours, since i've talked to him recently but not you. let's see, what's worked for me, journal-wise, is spending the money on a really nice leather-bound journal with high-quality paper in it (which does get expensive), and i happen to really enjoy using a dip pen (currently a turkey feather with a brass nib) and different colors of inks. i recently started carrying the journal around with me, but i can't bring myself to write in something that nice with a *GASP!* _normal_ pen, so i spent $40-something on a fountain pen, and use that. i find that carrying it with me i do write more, and get a more accurate assessment of how i'm feeling in general, since i get the various daily mood changes. i also discovered a much better solution to dropping $50-60 on a journal every time i fill one up (which, fortunately, isn't terribly often) -- this pen & ink shop downtown (uh, downtown Baltimore, that is) sells lovely leather journals that are refillable! basically, the leather part is just a cover, and levenger sells a kind of soft-bound journal for just that sort of thing (check out the stanley journal, if you're interested) that i like. good-quality paper is SUCH a joy to write on!

anyway, ramble over. good luck! >:D

snootles and kisses,
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