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When I first heard of the Embodiment community on livejournal, I thought "well now, that's a bit strange; an online community for offline journaling." There just seemed to be something odd about it, but odd in a good way. And now I've that poked around a bit (and got inspired from Riana's post), I thought I'd throw in my own intro.

I don't remember ever journaling as a child or in my teenage years, though I do have a bunch of writing/poetry and quasi journal notebooks from college time onwards (I'm 52 now). So I'm not really new to paper journaling, I am new to consistent journaling, however. In the past I could go weeks, or even months without writing anything, and then I'd have a journaling frenzy for a few weeks or months (sometimes a fullish year). I always went back to the journal for major events though, whether or not I was in a writing dry spell. In this latest run, I've written nearly ever day for almost 6 months. I even continued with a travel journal when I was in Mexico for 10 days over break. I am about to finish a journal that I started on Nov. 25, and since I usually spend a year or two in one journal, this means a lot of writing.

I like DIY bookbinding and have made many bold attempts at that. At some poing in the last few years this spilled over into art books and then collage, and that spilled over into art notebooks, pretty much just the collage part, not really the art + text part.

I'm addicted to "nice" journals. And I have a hankering for fountain pens, so I have to have fountain-pen friendly journals.

As I said I'm almost done with my current journal. I have two potential follow ups, but I'm still undecided. I might need to order a totally different one. You know how important this decision can be! :) I am 100% a paper journaler. I think this could be related to my being of a generation that knew life before computers and the internet. My word-processed voice is much different from my handwritten voice and the handwritten journal is where I can listen to that voice best.

I have never ripped out pages or thrown away journals. The enjoyment and insight I get from looking back at them, even if they are at times cheesy, painful, embarassing, etc., are just too important. I did cross out one sentence once.

Well that was a lot! :)



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Mar. 15th, 2015 12:19 pm (UTC)
thanks for sharing with us about your history of keeping a journal-I have been keeping a paper journal since 1968. I do write in LJ and other blog sites-but I mainly write on paper. I love to write!

Hope you have a good week-peace
Mar. 16th, 2015 06:25 pm (UTC)
Hello, and welcome. Thank you for sharing your story. I too have found that my handwritten "voice" is different than my typewritten one, and I have found this a quality worth exploring within myself.
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Mar. 18th, 2015 09:48 am (UTC)
Hi Ekeilram,
I am currently finishing up an Exacompta Journal (9930). It's the smaller black journal that says "Journal" on the front with the pen and ink well on the cover. The edges of the paper are in silver (sorry, I can't post pics for some reason right now). The paper has a bit of tooth to it but there is no feathering or bleed through at all. None. All of my fountain pens works fine with it. The lines are really wide, which took some getting used to (and with the wider lines I ended up going through this journal rather fast as a result).
My previous journal was a Quo Vadis (Moleskine-like). It has the elastic closure and pocket in the back as well. Again, no bleed though or feathering. Much smaller lines though. I'm sure it holds at least double the amount of writing as the Exacompta. I also like one that I got from Barnes and Noble, but I took off the sticker, so I'm not sure of the brand. It was in a leather journal holder. I THINK it was by Eccolo. That was a great one. I have to choose a new one soon. I'll try to post pics when I'm on my desktop. My LJ iPad app is not happy with my adding pictures.
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