I’m a little obsessed these days with reclaiming my journal writing days. There’s even a blog I subscribe to called Inkophile which is dedicated to journals and writing. I’ve also been looking around at handwriting books online to prepare for future homeschooling. I see the state of my students’ handwriting at work and it makes me so disgusted. I mean, really! How can they learn the value of writing Chinese characters well when they have lost the thrill of the art of handwriting all together?! American public school education is very disappointing… But, I digress.
I went out and bought my very first Moleskin journal from B&N right after I returned from URBANA. It’s huge and blank with graph-paper-like tiny grids and I LOVE IT! ^_^ I love the graph paper for keeping things neat. And I’m loving this journal for transferring my loose notes into a coherent book. I’m not consistent with writing in it, but that’s not really the point of it all. After all, I have at least 2 blogs… >_>, my email and a host of other places where ‘memories’ are recorded and stored. I dont need to keep everything in there like I used to do with my journals of old. I have already transferred my notes from the Hillsong Conference this past summer and I’m almost done transferring my URBANA notes. It’s actually really fun to be WRITING again. As opposed to typing, I mean, which I do ALL THE TIME. (A product of my generation, no doubt.)
I plan to use it also to record some of my thoughts and feelings about my pregnancy. I almost want to write my baby notes! Maybe I will and compile them later into that digital scrapbook I was talking about last time. (For Sushi — thanks for the link! I need software for my MAC, like Photoshop, in order to put it all together. Argh!)
As I’ve had to drop my seminary course this semester, I cant use my new journal for one of the purposes I bought it — to record my seminary course notes. BUT, I figure this is God giving me a way to still use the money ppl gave for my seminary class (which I will hopefully be refunded soon), to take these 3 other courses (cheaper and self-paced correspondence) for my PASTORAL LICENSE. (More on that in a future blog.) I will definitely use my journal to record the notes from those courses b/c they’re very self-counseling in nature and I’m sure that I’ll discover a lot.
Going back to what I was talking about in the beginning, one thing I’m definitely going to use this journal for is practicing my handwriting. I am looking at Write Now, which is the adult version of the kids’ curriculum (Getty-Dubay Italic) that I want to use with my own kids. I was thinking of buying a copy, but the link above will take you to the Google open version of the book and almost everything is right there for the reading! So, yay! Saves me $40! 😀 The Portland State U site also has sample pages to download which I’ve printed to actually practice on. There are also practice copy books you can get with the Italic series, so you can practice writing things that actually have purpose.
Just writing about it makes me want to pick it up again! To make things even more interesting for my writing, I’m also using my Muji pens! It doesnt get better than this. 😉