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Friday, September 10, 2004

theme 2, comments on my journal style

When journaling, I seem to like to get a snapshot of what is happening with everyone in my life at that moment in time. It is my place to vent, which I have already mentioned. Erin, mom, dad, and Matt are almost always included in the daily entries. I used to be mostly concerned with the thoughts and emotions of the day, but as I get older I find less to put down about that. Abstract thoughts are far less interesting than making sure I remember everything that has happened. Partly I think this has to do with forgetting things. Before I had lived for such a short time that everything in my life was an easily-accessible memory. Now, at the ripe old age of 21 I am starting to forget things. Friends or family remind me of something that happened years ago, or months (or days) and I wouldn’t have remembered at all if they hadn’t mentioned it. That scares me. I don’t want to lose a single thing. Pack rat nature does that to you. My journal writing is always in the form of a letter. It’s not an open to whom it may concern letter, either. There has always been an identifiable if nebulous presence that I am writing to. I’ve also noticed that I seem to do best if I write when I am tired. The events of the day seem to wash out of me and into the pen so much easier that way. I never do journal entries on the computer unless there is absolutely no other choice. It just doesn’t feel the same as a pen and fresh sheet of college ruled paper.


Blogger johngoldfine said...

I think I work best when I'm tired, but I'm not at the ripe old age of 21, not nearly, and I'm both writing and tired more than in the past, so it's hard to disentangle cause and correlation in my case.

I can't believe you want to use a pen or pencil and paper! That sounds to me like someone who'd prefer a meal of slugs than spaghetti. Makes no sense!

September 11, 2004 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger Erika Lynne said...

there is something about a pen and paper. It's the same for me as the difference between reading a book and an ebook. I guess I'm too old fashioned about some things to ever really like switching over. If I'm working on something I'll have to edit, I use a computer, but my journal is different. It's not meant to be editted, or even read by others (normally anyway). It's more visceral somehow.... longhand I mean.

September 13, 2004 at 8:10 PM  

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