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Introduction by Journal Ink

Hi everyone,

I have been a big fan of this community for a LONG time and have spent many hours looking through the archives, becoming more and more envious at everyone's gorgeous journals.

I, personally, would like nothing more than to have some sort of record of my life to look back at in the years to come and what better way is there than putting pen to paper and keeping good old fashioned handwritten journals?!

Well, after many years thinking about it I've finally decided, now that I've reached the grand old age of 32 that is, that I'd better get on and actually DO something about it. So, with that in mind I've made the decision to participate in Embodiment 2014.

Although I realize the main point of Embodiment is to try and journal daily I know, at least to start with, that that is not really an option for me. Journaling, whether online or by putting pen to paper, is not something that I have ever done seriously before. It's all new and as such is something that I am going to have to try and fit in with my day-to-day life. Finding the time is my main concern as I am a really, REALLY slow writer. The majority of the things I write these days, both at work and at home, is done on the computer and just getting into the habit of writing more than just a line or two with an actual physical pen is going to take some getting used to.

However, I AM determined to succeed and I'm even more determined that 2014 is going to be the year that it's going to happen… hopefully with a lot of encouragement by the members here.

On a side note, I've noticed that over the years this community has become a little bit on the quiet side so I'm hoping that the members who ARE still active won't mind me encroaching on their territory. I promise I will be an active member, commenting on other members posts and writing a weekly update myself… starting now!

NB I have only just signed up for an account with LiveJournal today, purely so that I could become a member here, so hence the reason why I have nothing on my personal journal.


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Dec. 1st, 2013 02:03 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the group! Personally, I'd love to see more new posts here. :)
Dec. 1st, 2013 03:04 pm (UTC)
keeping a journal
I am always Here-please keep your promise and write-keeping a diary or a journal. I have been keeping a diary since 1968. I am now 61 years old. I love writing in my diary! I have been writing in LiveJournal since March 2001. I always keep in mind when I write in my diary what the American writer Jack Kerouac wrote in his prose piece, "Belief & Technique For Modern Prose"-
1. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy
2. Submissive to everything, open, listening
3. Try never get drunk outside yr own house
4. Be in love with yr life
5. Something that you feel will find its own form
6. Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind
7. Blow as deep as you want to blow
8. Write what you want bottomless from bottom of the mind
9. The unspeakable visions of the individual
10. No time for poetry but exactly what is
11. Visionary tics shivering in the chest
12. In tranced fixation dreaming upon object before you
13. Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition
14. Like Proust be an old teahead of time
15. Telling the true story of the world in interior monolog
16. The jewel center of interest is the eye within the eye
17. Write in recollection and amazement for yourself
18. Work from pithy middle eye out, swimming in language sea
19. Accept loss forever
20. Believe in the holy contour of life
21. Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind
22. Dont think of words when you stop but to see picture better
23. Keep track of every day the date emblazoned in yr morning
24. No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge
25. Write for the world to read and see yr exact pictures of it
26. Bookmovie is the movie in words, the visual American form
27. In praise of Character in the Bleak inhuman Loneliness
28. Composing wild, undisciplined, pure, coming in from under, crazier the better
29. You're a Genius all the time
30. Writer-Director of Earthly movies Sponsored & Angeled in Heaven

Edited at 2013-12-01 03:07 pm (UTC)
Dec. 4th, 2013 10:24 am (UTC)
Re: keeping a journal
this is absolutely WONDERFUL!!!! thanks for sharing!
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Dec. 5th, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I think my journals will probably be text only too. Maybe in the future I might try and branch out and experiment a little but when I personally think of a journal I think of pages filled with text... so that's the direction I'm heading in for the time being at least.
Dec. 1st, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC)

Edited at 2013-12-01 08:30 pm (UTC)
Dec. 1st, 2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
welcome and good luck :)
Dec. 2nd, 2013 07:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks everyone. I can't wait to get started!
Dec. 3rd, 2013 07:34 pm (UTC)
Yay! And welcome!! I only tend to post here when my journals are full but I can't wait to see what you post :)
Dec. 4th, 2013 10:25 am (UTC)
woohoo!! I wish too that the community was much more active, like I wish there were 3-4 new posts everyday, but it's just that LJ as a whole has died down. Welcome! :D
Dec. 4th, 2013 03:27 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Welcome to LJ. Can't wait to see your first post
Dec. 4th, 2013 05:56 pm (UTC)
Good luck getting started! May I make a few comments and suggestions? Firstly a journal entry doesn't have to be more than a couple of lines if that's all you want to do. Invest in a beautiful book that you won't get bored with and some nice pens, and colored pens if that is your thing! Don't be afraid to print doubles of pictures- one for the photo album and one to attach to a journal page. December 31st don't have time to write? Glue in a photo of your new years celebrations!

I look forward to you becoming an active member- hopefully you will inspire us all to start posting more frequently. I am a mod here and I rarely ever post- just when I finish up a journal and post pictures of my whole entire journal at once. Maybe I should start posting pictures as I go along, hmm?

Thank you for becoming a member. I really look forward to seeing you around. Feel fee to get in touch with any of us if you need anything. We're all very friendly and open to helping other journalers out.
Dec. 5th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
I have a vast collection of beautiful notebooks I've bought over the years... which I've never used. But I have bought a new one specifically for Embodiment and, well let's just say it might take me a while to fill it.

I'm planning on writing a post this weekend where I will share the journal I'm planning on using, along with a few questions I'd like to ask, so I'd love to hear from you, and other members, then.
Dec. 7th, 2013 10:44 am (UTC)
Welcome! I'm a (barely active) mod here too, but I always get re-excited about embodiment for the coming year come December, and while I didn't even attempt it this year, I think I'm diving in again for 2014. Having new members who want to be active and are excited about it makes it all the more fun, so I'm glad to see you here! :D
Dec. 11th, 2013 01:38 am (UTC)
Welcome! This is a great community and I think you will like it, here. :) I have been keeping a journal semi-regularly since I was 13 or so (I'm 35, now) and the biggest thing that I can say with regard to journalling is even if you write a few pages every few weeks, if you keep at it, you'll have something great to look back on. I'm on my 33rd (or maybe it's 34th?) volume and outside of my first year in Embodiment (:)), I have never written every single day.
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