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50 years of Harriet

I thought I'd better post this before it got any colder, it's from February. click the image behind the cut for larger, in case you really need reading glasses.

My grandmother actually gave me this when I was about 8 or 10, and in the back of my mind it's been part of the model for what a journal looks like, or the content anyway. Honesty no matter how much it hurts. I always think about the anonymity of people, will this really hurt them if anyone ever reads it? But my family doesn't get too much of a break if I feel they'll really hurt me.

I read Anne Frank when i was in my early 20s, and a little of Kaethe Kollwitz' diary bits in books about her, wish there were more.

Do you have any particular journaling influences?


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Nov. 13th, 2014 01:48 am (UTC)
I read Anne Frank when I was in school - not sure if I read it on my own or if it was assigned to us in class.

In my early '20s, I read 'The Journals of Sylvia Plath' - wow, very influential because she was so open about so much! - and I continued to read whatever books of diaries & journals that I could, as well as collected letters and such. This year, I was very much into reading volumes of 'The Diary of Anaïs Nin' and I loved how descriptive and beautifully she wrote, though it has had no bearing on how I write, unfortunately.
Nov. 13th, 2014 05:14 pm (UTC)
I didn't even know those two were diarists/journalists, but it does seem like a lot of creative people do that.

I can never forget "The Bell Jar".
Nov. 13th, 2014 10:43 pm (UTC)
It was definitely Anne Frank that inspired me so!
Nov. 17th, 2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
Anne is wonderful.
Nov. 14th, 2014 03:16 am (UTC)
I journaled well before Amelia's Notebook but it definitely helped keep me inspired. It was well before I even had Internet so there was no Googling journaling inspiration back then. I also was a fan of Hannah and the Angels, which featured a young girl magically traveling all over the world and she kept a diary of her adventures, which were shown as hand-drawings on the page.
Nov. 17th, 2014 11:33 pm (UTC)
I just Googled those, hadn't heard of them. I especially like the look of Amelia's Notebook.
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Nov. 17th, 2014 11:16 pm (UTC)
I had to Google Poppy/Courtney, that does look interesting.
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