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where do you keep yours?

On December 1st I moved back to my hometown. I had several boxes to unpack (mostly books) and my paper diaries & journals collection was organized soon after the Tolkien shelf and prior to the boxes of poetry books filling a bookcase.

my journal collection.
Diary #1 to Journal #32
paper journal collection

I don't see this as a long-term spot for my journals because I'm nearly out of room and I like the thought of having them on their own shelf or in a storage chest (I haven't decided yet?!) and while I'm rambling, I'm remembering how I once saw a photo here in this community many years back of shelves full of journals that looked perfect in the bookcase. This was by someone who had kept journals (or diaries? or notebooks? I forget what they named them!) for several years, at least a few decades. Does anyone else store their journals on bookshelves?

Glancing across the room I see the stack of blank journals that I intend to use and all of them are mismatched. I'm unlikely to change this and like being able to switch it up although I can totally understand the appeal of keeping a collection of a particular favourite blank journal. I have gone through times of using the same journals for a time before using a different one.

We're almost at the end of 2012 and close to beginning 2013.

What journal will you be starting the New Year with?


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Dec. 15th, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
Omg I have 45 years of journals of all sizes. They now fill three plastic bins, the floor of the closet and two shelves on to different bookcases. They are just stacked.
I don't consider my journals special. They are not "literary" or "art" those some of that may have crept in. They are simply a day to day expression of who I am and my life.

January 1 will be just one more day. It will probably be in the sketchbook journal I am now working in.
Dec. 15th, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
Nice collection! How long have you been journaling for? Mine just live under my bed because I have no more room for bookcases and they're already full of books.

I'll be starting 2013 in the same journal I'm writing in right now. I started a 400 page monster at the end of November so I've got a while to go yet!
Dec. 19th, 2012 04:27 pm (UTC)

& my first diary in 1989/1990 when I was 11 years old. I've not written regularly but do so in bursts throughout the years.
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Dec. 15th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
The ones on the shelves to the left are blank, as are the ones on the center bottom shelf. The ones on the second shelf from the bottom, center section, are full. I gift journals to other people occasionally, so I don't actually expect to fill all of these. But they're nice to have on hand.
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I won't be starting new volumes with the New Year. I write till they're full and then start in something new, usually continuing a thought or a theme, so that the blank page of a new journal doesn't overwhelm me with all that unspoiled space, which is what happens when I have to start a new volume cold.
Dec. 16th, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
The ones on shelves on the left, the ones on second shelf up, what kind of journals are those?
Dec. 16th, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
If you click on the pic it'll take you to scrapbook, and you can click on "original" size, and then click the plus sign, you can zero in on that shelf. The bottom two brown ones and the top brown and black ones are all medieval-bound Bombay leather wrap-and-tie journals from Barnes and Noble. I believe I paid $16.00 for this size, and $12.00 for the smaller size, of which I have two or three. I love everything about the Bombay journals, except their pages are cut. I took my husband's wood rasp to the page edges, softening them to give a look of hand-pulled paper. This actually softened the whole book, which is a texture I love. The center two journals in that stack, with the marbelized page edges, are Cavallini Roma Lussa leather wrap-tie journals I'd coveted but could never afford. I found these on closeout and pounced on them. It remains to be seen whether I can actually *write* in one, when the time comes!
Dec. 16th, 2012 02:16 am (UTC)
i get overwhelmed by a new sketchbook too. I've taken to pasting something on the first page so it isn't quite so imposing.
Dec. 16th, 2012 12:11 am (UTC)
I had my journals on a shelf until shelf space became a rare thing, and then on top of that I had guests staying with me for a bit, so now they are all for the most part in my storage chest. I have my current one out, and the last two I used are lying around somewhere.

I have no plans to start a new journal with the New Year, I just started this one. I have a lot of unused journals. I do keep those on a shelf (I'll try to take a pic of those tomorrow)
Dec. 16th, 2012 01:27 am (UTC)
My journals are continuous, I don't think I'll have a new one on January 1st. I'm recovering from agoraphobia and I think that beginning something new would 'discount' my progress, as if I was trying to erase a 'bad' year and spread it over with something new. My current one is a Paul Ryan one from Waterstones, it makes me happy to look at.

I love your journals - the more mismatched, the better. My brother has kept diaries constantly for about ten years now, every single day in the exact same black diaries each year, and I used to be jealous of the sameness and the discipline, but I think journals are so much more creative when they're 'in the mood to write'; when some days there's tons of pages filled out and others have huge gaps. It's more human, I think. We don't seem built to think in constants.

Sorry for the huge comment haha. I love your journals. Which one are you using for the next year? How long does it take you to fill one?

Dec. 16th, 2012 03:06 am (UTC)
I store mine on my bookshelf. I lost a bunch of my high school journals, but the ones from the last five years sit on the shelf :)
Dec. 16th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
I'll be starting the year with this Paperblanks notebook in Autumn Vines. I've already written in the Magnolia one and I might get the Wisteria to round off the collection, but then I already have so many blank notebooks waiting to be written in and I've promised myself I won't buy any more new ones until I make a significant dent in that pile!

I store my journals in a big, fairly ugly plastic box. I got it because it locks (I lived with my parents at the time and I didn't trust my mom not to snoop) and I keep them there because it's convenient. But it's pretty full and I'll probably start keeping them on my bookcase.
Dec. 26th, 2012 10:21 am (UTC)
For years I used to keep one journal per year, starting on January 1 and finishing on December 31. It was cool but when I had a journaler's block for several years in a row, it made my return to journaling difficult - I felt awkward starting a new journal on a different day than January 1. Luckily, this year I overcame it. I started a new journal sometimes around Easter and I am in the middle of my first Moleskine (whom I love :)) so I am going to continue writing in it.
Dec. 27th, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
I've been using The Sacred Journey journals for five years now. I still don't use them to the fullest but each year I use them more fully. I still abandon my journal for a few months every year, usually when the weather is too delightful to be indoors.

It begins with a large section on beliefs and goals. Then each month has it's own opportunities, symbolism, and insights. There's a lot more than that--but it comes down to looking ahead for the year or month, and then reflecting back at the end.

It's not a journal for people who write at great length. Each week gets two pages, one unstructured and one divided into days, like a planner page.

Since I prefer to meditate on the day and only write about it's essence, the format is ideal for me.
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