Writers Journey

What do you use your writer’s journal for?

Who said writing ideas?

Smarty pants!

I do write in my journal, but I would hardly describe it as artistic, revelatory or even interesting for that matter. My original aim, of course, was to use the journal to record my ideas, messages from the muse, profound thoughts and alike, but instead it is just a load of old blarney. It is mostly a repository* for my complaints about my weight, lack of sleep, general health issues, part-time job, my mother…basically everything. (I invest a lot of time and energy into whinging about things.) It is also a great place to write down items for my to-do list, make a list of things I would like to purchase, and is frequently used to draw/map out plans for my garden. I hope that nobody else ever reads them.

*I find that I can no longer use the word “repository” without thinking of the very funny (unintentionally so) speech given by Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbot, when he referred to a “Suppository of ideas”. You can’t tell me that the speech writer didn’t do that on purpose!ImageIdeas anyone?


Holiday Reading


I recently ran into a fellow writer (in a bookstore of course) and we began discussing the topic of holiday reading.  She had recently been to Paris and had chosen a compendium of Hemingway as her reading of choice.  I must admit I was rather surprised. I personally am usually pretty brain dead after days of sight seeing, gallery and museum visits (not to mention the excessive eating and drinking) and not up to taking on such a weighty read. I expressed my surprise, adding that I was one to go for lighter offerings (like Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Miss Fisher mysteries, and Stephen King style books).  She was most delighted with my admission, and confessed that the book served as a tray for her coffee and was not opened during the course of the vacation.

And the moral of the story is “Read whatever you fancy, whenever you wish.  Reading should never been seen as a chore.”