one line a day

15 Feb

From a young age I always enjoyed writing: my grandfather introduced me to poetry in elementary school and writing rhymes came naturally, in junior high and high school, keeping a diary was therapeutic for me, and during post-secondary writing was a natural part of my sketchbook and imagery planning process. Since graduating a couple years ago, my blog has become a place for me to write and chronicle my ideas, however I had been looking for a way to get back into some more personal journaling. In December after the One of a Kind Show, I treated myself at Paper-Ya to this gorgeous volume by Chronicle Books and have been writing in it every day since the New Year began. It is titled “One Line a Day – A Five Year Memory Book.” Also for Christmas, my sister conveniently gifted me the purple and blue bird/feather 7 year pen by sustainable seltzer goods; the perfect writing utensil for the 5 years of journaling ahead of me.The intention of this clever volume is to take the pressure out of daily journaling by only having to write a line or two instead of an entire paragraph or page. There is nothing intimidating about the writing process. This format has helped me to condense my thoughts (somewhat like Twitter’s character limit) so that I am more precise with my wording while chronicling everyday adventures. The gorgeous teal cover protects gold-leafed pages, each with their own date at the top and five separate sections to write in. The journal is organized so that when I am finished (by the end of 2016), every page will hold five separate memories that occurred on that particular date (one from each of the past five years). I’ve enjoyed adding to this book every night, and am excited for even just the second year of writing when I get to compare my new adventures directly with those of 2012. And for some of my later escapades in life (although I am getting ahead of myself) I have been eyeing up this other Chronicle Books volume for when John and I decide to start a family.

4 Responses to “one line a day”

  1. Charlotte Vallance 15/02/2012 at 16:01 #

    I used to have a diary at school, but was forever worried of other people reading it! This book is such a lovely idea! How each year you’ll see what you were up to the year before. I think I may invest (or put on my birthday list!) as it would nice to see how far I’ve come with my illustration work, how I’m progressing etc.

    Thanks for sharing :-) I love that the pages have gold round them!

  2. mandala56 15/02/2012 at 20:31 #

    Gorgeous, and an inspiring post. Small bits may be more manageable than filling the pages right now…

  3. Jeannine | SaylorMade 17/02/2012 at 20:39 #

    What a nice idea. I read a blog post from a lady who keeps an antique recipe box by her bed and writes a few words on a card that describe her day, in the evening before bed.


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