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Emerging Slowly


©Peter Gowland

Where have I been? Well, as with all the notebooks that I have filled in my lifetime, I take breaks due to self-censoring or seasons of change. These past three months have been a bit of a chrysalis time; a time of self evolution and a revolution, breaking free of a few old habits. Similar to the current world events of insurgence, emergence, earthquakes and tsunamis, my spirit and creativity have surprising, tempering shake-ups on occasion.

I will leave you with a quote from Mr. H. Miller to tide you over while I take a time to decorate some paper with thoughts and gather, like flowers, what my eyes see. May he spark your creative fires. “See” you shortly.

“Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heartache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. there is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, only to discover what is already there.” — Henry Miller

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Aww, heck, here is a bonus quote which hints at my current mindset:

“Smile, breathe and go slowly”— Thich Nhat Hanh

May Inspiration and a Notebook Always Travel with You


Photo from Library Marginalia*

Have you ever had a great idea or liked a quote enough that you thought to yourself, ” I have to remember that for later.” or “I must jot that down.”? I know I have many, many times…then forgotten the quote or lost the idea. Many an art project concept or bit of writing was lost due to my leaky memory.

Well, I have taken to carrying a small notebook with me (along with my camera) wherever I go. The notebook is not very large, just the size of a postcard, but it fits in my purse and does the job. It may appear a little boring on the outside, but inside, it holds my thoughts and future projects. Yes, I know my fancy, schmancy smartphone could do the job, and even take a picture to go along with the entry to boot, but it just isn’t the same. Maybe I am a bit old-fashioned, I don’t think there is any “app” that will change that fact.

Just yesterday, on a drive around Whatcom County, WA, I pulled “Crazy Notebook, Jr.” out of my bag and entered three or four things that inspired me and the name of places I want to revisit or photograph (with different light). It is a GREAT place to keep business cards of places I love, so I can search for related websites when I return home. No more saying, “I will remember that for later.”  If anything else, there is always a place to jot down a grocery or to-do list, but hopefully, that will be kept to a minimum.

There may be a fancier notebook in my future though, I have been eyeing a few at Gifts for Book Lovers. Remember, notebooks come in many designs, colors, and sizes.  I have been virtual window shopping at The Daily Planner just to get a few ideas for my next one. Maybe a proper Moleskine ♥ – the laser-engraved ones at “Engrave Your Book” are pretty nifty – but I would like one that I can refill, which would be fantastic.


Photo: Engrave Your Notebook

Right now, though, “Crazy Notebook, Jr.” will do just fine while I am reigniting my creativity. It is all about baby steps.

…and remember, notebooks aren’t always for writing or drawing:


Artist Journal: Unlikely Moose, Live Journal

* Anne Welsh at Library Marginalia has written a thoughtful piece about journaling and what it means in this day and age of the blog.