Feather Weight

Day 6: Notebook

I have filled many journals heavy with joy, and burdened books set in sorrow, but I always feel lighter after I sit down and write.

Yes, folks, it’s that time of year again. I’m looking forward to my third go at participating in Susannah Conway’s August Break by posting prompts here on the blog and on my Instagram account. There are no rules, really. Simply take a photo every day for the month of August, based on the prompts or not. I take a photo a day all year long, but you can’t lose no matter how many days you keep this up. And the more, the merrier!

Black and white and read all over


Wide rule, 100 sheets, black cover with white speckles — it’s a Top Flight Composition Book, my humble journal that cost a buck back when I began in September of 2010. I was just about to leave my library job (for the first time), and had turned back to writing, my old friend.

After nearly four years, I have eight pages left to fill with my ramblings, ideas, phone numbers, doodles, excuses, and lists, always the lists of wishful thinking. I have brought it to writing classes, publishing workshops and creative sessions when I tutor young students. It has been stuffed in my travel bag never to be opened, and buried in tubs during our move.

I have written in one of these since I was 16. It is the closest I’ve come to my own bound book between its cardboard covers, and the wide-ruled lines give me plenty of space. This one will be full in a month, or a year, hard to say. Will I buy another one? Or will I move on to one of the more fashionable journals?

I confess I do have my eye on a hipster wide-ruled Moleskin with a hard purple cover. We shall see.

This month I’m taking a photo a day and following the topics of Susannah Conway’s August Break 2014. And why don’t you join me? I double-dog dare you!