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January 25, 2009

I’m obsessed with journal books

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It’s been a busy month and I’ve had a few projects on the go, including writing a futuristic play for our intermediate drama class and a play about chefs for our junior class. 

Last Monday, as I realized that I was trying to research and write on about three different projects at once, I stopped and took stock of my small but cozy writing office in my house.  I have an addiction and it’s time I admitted it.

I’m obsessed with hard cover  journal books!

From the serious, business type to the whimsical, bright colored ones with jems glued on them or fun fur trimming their edges, I have a huge collection of these books.  But what surprised me the most was the number of them that are filled with ideas and beginnings of writing projects.

There’s a chapter book in one, a few PBs, some new play ideas, several books in different genres and even a crack at a one woman play.  And as I spent a nostalgic couple of hours browsing through all of them (instead of working on one of the plays that I needed for Saturday), I realized that I will never own enough of these books to cover all the ideas I continue to generate.

I’ve always enjoyed writing on thin lined paper with a medium tip pen and it’s inside of these books that I’ve created so many characters and worlds.  The blinking curser has never inspired me to create, but these colorful, hardcover books with their neatly bound lined pages call to my creative muse and draw out all sorts of ideas.

On Monday evening I went in to work and took stock of at least a dozen more journal books there.  Again, almost every one had scribblings of new characters, worlds, plots or ideas for a book or play. 

Is there a support group for a journal junkee?

On Tuesday morning, for one brief moment, I got the notion to take stock of all my writing utensils.  But as I lifted the lid on the shiny green box that houses a great deal of my unique or fancy pens and pencils, I stopped myself.  Maybe one obsession is enough?

If you’re still reading, you’re probably wondering why I would choose to write a blog topic on my obsession with journal books.  What relevance or signifigance does it have for my readers?

Believe it or not, it’s given me a jumpstart to get cracking on some projects that had to take a back seat for one reason or another.  It’s reminded me that if I block on one project, there are others waiting in the wings.

So why not take stock of your old files, or notebooks, or folders on your computer’s desktop.  You never know what you might find that you’d completely forgotten about. 

Believe it or not, I even found one journal book that I actually had begun using as a personal journal. 

So whenever I lose my muse and need some inspiration, I’ve only got to shift my eyes to my bookshelf and scan the colorful piles of journal books beckoning for their chance.

I’m obsessed with journal books …and proud of it!

May 16, 2008

Weather and productivity – what’s your connection?

Talking to writers always fascinates me.  I enjoy hearing about everything from where writers get their ideas to their favorite places to write.  Some writers only conceive new chapters at the computer.  Some prefer the portable word processor, the Alphasmart.  Personally, I really connect using my favorite brand of pens and a large, hard cover journal with lined pages.

But more than the tools that I use, the weather has a profound effect on my productivity and I feel lucky to live in a place with four very distinct seasons. 

If I’m indoors in my little home office, I love writing when it’s cold, windy and rainy outside.  The gloomy weather, coupled with a hot cup of java provides me with the perfect scenerio to get down to some serious writing.  And it’s during those rainstorms that I must abandon my “pen in hand” writing method for the computer because once the words start coming, the only way I can keep up with my brain is to type.

So why don’t I get the same boost from those dark, cold winter nights?  Is it the cup of cocoa that numbs my power to create and instead encourages me to curl up in the front of the TV with a good movie?

Believe it or not, I actually prefer my little windowless home office to a bright cheery room or even the outdoors.  If it’s gloomy outside, the entire house has that cozy feel of darkness approaching when I turn on the soft, energy efficient light. But if it’s a sunny day, a window tempts me to abandon all thoughts of writing and get outside and enjoy the weather.

I must admit that I do, at times, enjoy writing outside amid the beauty of mother nature.  Sitting on a beach on a sunny afternoon, feeling the moisture from the surf as the waves splash onto the sandy shore provide me with a place to destress as well as scribble down new ideas for stories, or create new characters.  But as far as productivity goes, the rainy day wins hands down every time.

So does your writing have a connection to the weather? 

***For those unfamiliar with the Alphasmart portable word processor, check them out online at:


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