Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Happy Middle of the Year!

Since tomorrow begins the new fiscal year here at my office as well as many other offices out there, I've decided to take this as a personal indication to reevaluate myself.  What I wasn't prepared for was the impact that had on my psyche.  Relief!

I'm jettisoning the personal journal I'm currently using.  I purchased it because it had enough pages to contain a full year.  However, it is small and THICK and therefore hard to write in.  I have carpal tunnel syndrome and I ended up bracing my arm on another book to keep my wrist in line with the page.  Dumb.  Then with the smaller pages I felt limited with content.  When I realized that I was using my writing practice notebook (10 cents at WalMart's back to school sale a few years ago)  for my evening journal, I felt that this was only a logical solution.  Keep it all in one place.  Cheap pages = freedom to write crap!

As you know from a previous post I was woefully unsuccessful in my 365 Day Gratitude Journal project.  I'm not sure I'm going to make it with my Chapbook project, either.  One thing I've already decided from both of these is that I will not beat myself up for not following through.  What a pointless thing to do, anyway!

Another item I thought long and hard about is the planner I am using at the office.  It's a Franklin Covey that was not my idea.  Without going into detail, the planner carries quite a bit of negative baggage for me.  Yet, I do see value in continuing with it.  I'll be switching to a Quo Vadis planner in 2011 anyway (a product review will come soon afterwards), so I might as well just finish 2010 with "Frankie."

Next I will focus on my fountain pens.  Some are just plain not working for me.  But that isn't the end of the analysis!  I have a long 4-day holiday weekend coming up and I intend to do some thinking - along with another visit to the Phoenix Art Museum with the hubby!  (C├ęzanne! for pete's sake!  Who would want to miss a chance to see that?)

Is anyone else out there taking mid-year stock like this?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Random Words #7

Time for another round of random words from Easy Street Prompts!

weekday . glassy . terrorism parable . guidebook . sleepy giantess . deflated . Roswell epilogue . bipartisan . magnified . contralto . redemption . disagreeable authenticity
It was another weekday afternoon. My eyes were glassy from reading a terrorism parable in the latest guidebook written by the sleepy giantess. I felt deflated. The Roswell epilogue was nothing but a bipartisan diatribe magnified by the contralto line of bull dung it usually had. There was no redemption for this story. It wreaked with disagreeable authenticity.
Yeah, I'm in a bit of a funk with my writing.  But I am determined to write my way out of it and you get to suffer right along with me.  [CandleJack!]

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Okay, I was sorta hoping that no one would remember my 365 Day Project idea for 2010.  Wrong!  Zuzu called me out here

I don't really have an answer, but I didn't even come close to 365 days of the gratitude journal project.  Sometime in February I started missing days.  Then it was several in a row.  By mid-March I called a halt.

My hat is off to all those who successfully complete their own 365 day projects!  Keep going!  We're pulling for you!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

[Insert Evil Laugh Here]

Heather over at A Penchant for Paper has been sucked into the dark side.  [Maawaaahhh!]  She just purchased her first fountain pen.  Oh, poor girl!  She has no idea what is in store for her.

Heather, a regular shopper at, bought a Platinum Preppy for only $3.  Sure, you and I both know that addictions begin with just a little taste.  Just a sniff.  Then WHAMMO! you are hooked.

Seriously, though - just go Google "fountain pen" and stand back.  What most people think of as an archaic method of writing is experiencing a Renaissance of biblical proportions.  This is partly thanks to global warming and the desire to be green along with a bit of backlash against all this technology. 

Fountain pens are green.  The pens themselves are worth keeping, very few are disposable.  There are experts out there (and more than a few competent amateurs) who REPAIR these pens.  People are collecting - and using - pens from the turn of the 20th century!  And don't get me started on the history.  Mmm doggie!

In addition, there is the ink.  Sure there are cartridges.  But the greater majority go for a bottle of ink.  50 ml of ink will last you YEARS!  And these inks are water-based and most are environmentally friendly.  (As a side note, J. Herbin has been making ink since the year 1670!  Do the math, folks!  Way cool.)

Then there is the return to handwritten notes, journals, letters, and postcards.  Some people are choosing to unplug now and then and write by hand.  You can take a pen and notebook anywhere.  No wi-fi.  No batteries.  No crashing.  No stress!  There are more than a few blogs on this topic, let me assure you.

So this is why Heather made me one happy camper today.  We have another enlightened soul on "our side."  Welcome Heather!

Friday, June 11, 2010

What Do You Think?

It's a new moon tonight so of course I'm cleaning and freshening things.  I decided to try sprucing up the old blog while I was at it, too.  Yeah, I took the easy way and used some Blogger templates.  I'm not that savvy on tech issues and this was a one click - okay, two clicks to a solution.

Blogger has quite a selection of customizing toys, so let me know what you think.  The bottom of the posts seems cleaner (to keep with the theme, here) and I really like that.  I'm not sure of the book background.

Anyway, let me know: "yeah, okay, why not?" or "what the hell were you thinking?" and I'll take your comments under consideration.

Thanks in advance!

Update: I couldn't stand the book background.  What about this?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

OMG! Maureen Johnson is COOL!

I'm so - what is the word I'm looking for? - pumped?  amazed?  psyched?  I just read a blog by someone who realizes that there are other PEOPLE out there!  People.  Human beings.  Not walking wallets.  Not brainless zombies with money. 

Please read Manifesto by Maureen Johnson.  While you do, I'm going to check the library for her books.  Someone this cool must write some awesome stuff.

(I'm hyperventilating.) 

(Did I spell that right?) 

(I don't care. I need a paper bag.)

By the way, 1 and 5 works for me, too.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Taking a Day Off Work

I emailed in sick today. Now I feel guilty because while I woke up feeling truly crappy, I feel mostly okay now. It could have been the extra sleep I got by staying home or it could have been that I would have “walked it off” by going in anyway. I don’t know.

But here I am.

Home on a workday.

Feeling guilty.

I’m 53 years old and I feel like I’m back in grade school. Back then I would “fake sick” so that I could have what we now call a “mental health” day in my circle. Today is not a “mental” day but I still felt that jolt of guilt when I looked at the clock as I did way back when I would hear the school bus pull away from the driveway. 

Do we ever truly grow up?