Dialog Writing in Your Memoirs

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When I first bought character actor Stephen Tobolowsky’s book “The Dangerous Animals Club” I didn’t initially realize that it was a memoir. (If you don’t know Stephen’s name, you probably know his face because he’s been in over 200 movies – from Mississippi Burning to Memento.) Each chapter is a separate story, (some quite amusing) yet there are larger interconnecting narratives that weave together from the book’s beginning to end. From the very first chapter I instantly recognized Stephen as a gifted storyteller and was more than happy to read about his various experiences -including many from his 30 years in the entertainment industry.

When reading a book such as this, I’m always intrigued by the authors ability to either recall or write detailed dialog. I have a million stories I could write about, but how does one remember exactly what so and so said? If one does not have the memory of an elephant and did not take explicitly detailed notes at the time of the event, does the author simply use artistic license and make things up? I’d be concerned that I’d receive a phone call from Great Aunt Hilde screaming at me something along the lines of, “I never said that you should buy the tuna, It’s always been the cod!”

If you’ve ever penned a short story using actual events from your life, how did you go about writing the character dialog? If not, we can each check out the advice offered at the links below.

Can You Make Up Dialogue In Memoirs Or Nonfiction Books? at Writer’s Relief

Writing a Memoir Like a Novel: Dialogue at This New Mountain

 

Rhodia Notebook in Maxpedition

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I belies this is a Maxpedition Field Book Cover which has an overall exterior size of approximately 8.5″ x 5.5″ x 0.75″. I am guessing that that this is an A5 (6 x 8 ¼ “) side stapled Rhodia notebook that the owner noted: “I had to cut a little off of the Rhodia to make it fit properly into the Maxpedition binder. Just a little off the back and then it fit just fine.”

It seems as though Maxpedition products are pretty popular with the EDC crowd. You can take a look at a Pinterest board featuring many of them here. (As a side note, we’d love to see more orange in these photos. Hint hint.) 

Image courtesy of maxwellequations on Instagram

 

Reviving Old Writing Habits

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Therapy can be costly, and our friends aren’t always available or capable of holding space for us- while our notebooks and journals stand ever ready to serve. I first started journaling in 2005 and can now look back and see how valuable writing was to my growth process.

In the book “The Artists Way“, author Julia Cameron describes a practice she calls “Morning Pages” in which you regularly dump the junk out of  your mind and into your journal – effectively freeing up space for clearer thinking.

In “Dark Side of the Light Chasers” Debbie Ford says, “Journaling is a good tool to help process your emotions. It encourages whatever comes into your mind to flow out onto the paper. It allows the emotional toxicity in our bodies and minds to express itself freely. Once we can grant this toxicity being and allow it to exist without judgment it will be released.”

I wrote with great consistency from 2008-2011, yet very little in 2012. Things picked up in 2013 but not as much as I would like. Lately, I’ve been thinking more and more about writing and am ready to once again make regular time for it.

Do you have a regular writing habit? Do you make time to “dump the junk?” Is this a process that has proved valuable for you?

Image courtesy of sookyung on Instagram

 

Clairefontaine 1951 Notebooks: Authentic Heritage Design

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The Clairefontaine 1951 collection has been expanded! Options now include:

  • Staplebound Notebooks in 3.5 x 5.5″ and 5.75 x 8.25″ 48 sheets, lined, in two sizes and seven colors
  • Clothbound 5.75 x 8.25″ Notebooks: 96 sheets, lined, available in 6 different colors
  • Top Wirebound (Reporter Style) Notepads: 3 x 5.25″ 64 sheets, lined, available in 7 colors.
  • SquareBack Notebooks 3.5 x 5.25″ 64 sheets, lined, available in 7 colors.

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All of the Clairefontaine “1951″ Collection include the Authentic Heritage design and contain the following:

  • 90 g pH neutral, acid-free and fountain pen friendly paper
  • Smooth satin finish, white paper
  • Grained paper cover with front label
  • Vintage look and feel

 

Rhodia Journal Swap

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In 2012 we created the first ever Rhodia Journal Swap. The idea was simple - 12 people in the US sending Rhodia Webnotebooks from one person to the next, each adding content as they go and sharing some of their completed pages on a group Tumblr blog.

Despite everyone’s best intentions to participate in a fun and ongoing project, life occasionally took precedence over participation. The initial momentum began to waver several months into this year long project and would eventually slow to a crawl as people were receiving books faster then they could create content – ultimately keeping the swap from progressing as scheduled and leaving some people without books to create in for months on end.

Some of the positive feedback we heard from participants? 

  • What I liked: the writings, artwork, etc. from the contributors were amazing. …  I loved sharing stories with them, discovering their blogs  etc.
  • I loved the writings and art in my book. The swappers chosen were all talented and interesting individuals.
  • I’ve met (virtually) several new people… at least three I now communicate with regularly. New friends are always nice!
  • I loved the creative outlet it provided and the inspiration that came from seeing other people’s contributions.
  • The best part of the swap was seeing the work on the tumblr blog,

Areas of opportunity for future swaps? 

  • Clearer instructions on how to contribute to the Tumblr blog
  • A shared spreadsheet for tracking the books.
  • A Facebook group for communicating between participants. 
  • Less pages to work on at a time. 

Stephanie’s ideas for a future swap: 

  • Having several “micro groups” swapping concurrently. Perhaps 4-5 groups of 3 people each, with the potential of adding at least one international group.
  • Using a different Exaclair product with less pages – 6×8″ Clairefontaine Crok books are one option. (Blank pages which can hold up to a variety of art mediums)
  • Clearer instructions for posting content to Tumblr
  • Implementing a Facebook group for participants to communicate.

Do you have any additional suggestions which might improve this concept? We’d love to hear from you. 

Image above from swap participant Lou (Trillium) McCallister.

 

 

Redux: Moving From One Notebook to the Next

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Rhodia Drive experienced a few hiccups over the last 2 days and when the blog was restored, this post disappeared along with a few of your comments. I think we may have also lost a few comments from  Friday’s post about Herbin Anniversary inks. Since we greatly value your feedback, if you don’t see a comment that you know you submitted on either of these two posts, we’d be grateful if you’d be willing to take the time to resubmit your thoughts. 

For the last several years I’ve made it a point to always finish a notebook by the year’s end and move into a new book in the new year but I didn’t do it this year. With my birthday being the very last day of the calendar year, I’ve often found myself running around during the end of December, “I’ve got to do this by the end of the year, I’ve got to do that by the end of the year…” As if the significance of these actions would make a real difference when performed with such specific intention. (Letting go)

Truth be told, I found that I did not like using the 2013 book in 2014. It just felt, wrong. Like I was living in the past, or that I didn’t want to let go of the events that happened during that year. Thankfully, I’ve since finished it and moved into a new book .

As you finish a notebook and move from one to the next, is there anything special you do to mark the occasion? Such as:

  • Writing a defining end passage on the last page
  • Writing a list of specific accomplishments during the time the notebook was in use
  • Putting your name and the date inside the cover of the new book
  • Adding a favorite quote to the inside front cover
  • Copying your bucket list from one book to the next
  • Moving a favorite bookmark, photo, or papers from one book to the next

 

The Rhodiarama Rainbow Grows in 2014

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If you haven’t had the chance to see all of the great new products in the 2014 Exaclair USA catalog, allow me to introduce one of my favorites: Large Rhodiarama Webbies! the NEW 5 x 8.25″ version will be available this spring/summer in the same 15 colors as the 3.5 x 5.5″ notebook. (Yaaaay for Purple!)

Haven’t tried a Rhodiarama Webbie yet? Here’s the specs:

  • 96 sheets, lined or blank of 90g acid-free, pH neutral fountain pen friendly ivory paper
  • Italian leatherette cover with the embossed Rhodia logo
  • Inner pocket
  • Orange elastic closure and orange ribbon bookmark
  • Rounded corners

Which color is your favorite?

Final Link Share of 2013

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Have a safe and Happy New Year everyone!
Many thanks for all of your feedback, comments and suggestions throughout the year.

The Creative Experiments Challenge at daisy yellow blog

How to Improve Your Writing Skills at Writing Forward

365 Quotes to Inspire You in 2014 at Inc.com

Wattpad at Quo Vadis Blog

The Pen Addict Podcast: Episode 87 – Putting A Pen Out To Pasture

Last Minute Art Journaling Thoughts at iHanna’s Blog

Our 2013 Doodle, Draw and Illustration Year in Review at Doodlers Anonymous

Fountain Pen Experts And Their Favorite Pens at An Inkophile’s Blog

Link Love: Top 10 List Roundup at The Well-Appointed Desk

Nearly never without a Rhodia at Pentamento

How to Buy A Pen That Will Last Forever at Pentorium

Top 10 of 2013 at A Penchant for Paper

Annual 2013 Top Ten List of Popular Reviews at Office Supply Geek

Rhodia Wirebound Business Notebook Review at Write to Me Often

Back to Journaling Basics at Writing Through Life

30 Ideas For Your 2014 Bucket List at Abundance Blog

Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin & Michael Collins Go Through Customs and Sign Immigration Form After the First Moon Landing at Open Culture

Overcoming Writer’s Block at The Passive Voice

Review- Four J Herbin Fountain Pen Inks at Life Imitates Doodles

Seeing the Big Picture: When Paper is Better Than Digital at A Penchant for Paper

Faber Castell Albrecht Durer/Caran D’Ache Supracolor/Caran D’Ache Museum Aquarelle Comparison chart at Lung Sketching Scrolls

Pencil Paraphernalia and a Pretty Pencil Pin Pendant at Bleistift

Prophetic Name For a Stationery Store: “Horder’s” at Contrapuntalism

More Pencil Sculptures at Pencil Revolution

Make Your Own Leather Notebook Cover at Notebook Stories

Journaling Exercise: Your Journaling Habit at Kaizen Journaling

Ink Sample Scribbles at Gourmet Pens

Breathing new life into an old bullet pencil at Woodclinched

Image above courtesy of panpan904 on Instagram

 

NEW 2014 Exaclair Catalog is available to view!

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You can now take a look at the NEW 2014 Exaclair catalog and see all of the goodies coming in the new year – like the large Rhodiarama Webbbies, Landscape Webbies, Mignon Refillable Leather Journals, new colors for the Habana, Graf-It dot pads…

Which products are you most excited about? (You must KNOW that I’m excited for the large purple Webbies!)

How would you like a Rhodia dotReverse Book?

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Yep. Me too. Unfortunately, they don’t exist… yet. To expedite the process, my suggestion is to leave a comment below on how much you’d love one and that you’d promise to buy three dozen each year to give away as gifts to all your dearest friends.

Seriously though, I know I’m not the only person clamoring for a spiral Rhodia notepad with the dot grid.

Which Rhodia Meeting Book Do You Prefer?

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Rhodia is currently offering two versions of their widely popular Meeting Book with its concise note-taking system.  Which do you prefer?

Invented by a CEO for his own use, these notebooks are designed to be an all-in-one record of meeting discussions, decisions & action items. Easy to review at one glance, with space for action items and room to organize notes on the side, these are the optimal tool for efficient meetings.

The Original Meeting Book
• Card covers are coated & waterproof (Available in orange or black)
• 80 g extra white paper, smooth satin finish
• Microperforated for easy and clean removal
• Double wire-binding – never snags
• Pre-printed pages: Date + Notes + Action
• 80 sheets lined, 2 sizes (6 1⁄2 x 8 1⁄4″ and 9 x 11 3⁄4″)

The NEW Meeting Book 90: Premium quality, sharp styling and superior strength.
• Extra strong black textured PP cover
• 90 g extra white paper, smooth satin finish
• Microperforated for easy and clean removal
• Double wire-binding — never snags
• Pre-printed pages: Date + Notes + Action
• 80 sheets lined, 2 sizes (6 1⁄2 x 8 1⁄4″ and 9 x 11 3⁄4″)

Rhodiarama Anniversary Winners!

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Congratulations to each of the 20 people below – you have each won a Rhodia Webbie in my Anniversary Giveaway!

James Thornhill
Ramon from San Juan
Rodrigo Bertoluci
MJackson
Anitha K
Del Paeske
Christi D.
Dwight McDowell
Patricia Andrews
Jessica H.
Jane Jordan
Janel Gradowski
Brian Sizemore
Vikram Shah
Melinda Joy
Marji
Spaceghost33
DJ Jackson
Kerry from Little Rock
Kara Wexler

Image courtesy of chrisbfu on Instagram.

100+ Year Old Journals

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I spent a few hours yesterday at an ephemera show. If you’ve never heard of such a thing, it’s basically vintage book and paper items. Loads and loads of postcards, vintage advertisements, ancient handwritten letters, worthless stock certificates… you name it.

I hadn’t been to this show in at least a dozen years and didn’t really go looking for anything in particular except maybe for items that might either inspire my art or things that I could potentially use to make art with.

The first thing that really caught my eye was a booth filled with advertising posters of Hollywood-style glamorous women. From that vendor I ended up selecting a Coles Phillips illustration from a 1911 Life Magazine cover that depicted a stylish woman holding a fountain pen and appearing to have writer’s block. Continue Readering »

Enter Now to win 1 of 20 Rhodiarama Webbies in Stephanie’s Anniversary Giveaway!

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In celebration of my 4th anniversary writing for Rhodia Drive, I’ve got 20 assorted Rhodiaramas to give away! 

What are the Rhodiarama Webbies? A 3 1/2 x 5 1/2″  notebook somewhere between orange and black…

  • 96 sheets of 90 g ivory paper, acid-free, pH neutral,  lined or blank
  • Italian leatherette w/ signature orange elastic closure
  • Embossed Rhodia logo
  • Inner pocket, printed full color flyleaves
  • Round corners and an orange ribbon marker

The contest will be remain open until midnight EST on Tuesday 10/08/13. The winners will be chosen at random and announced on the blog on Thursday 10/10. One entry per household please. If you are viewing this post via e-mail or on a mobile device, you may need to visit Rhodia Drive directly to see the entry form. As the color/ruling options are limited to the 20 Rhodiaramas currently on hand, we will make every effort to offer your preferred selection  - though no guarantees.

Help us to get the word out?  Please feel free to Tweet, blog or share this post via Facebook.

(Scroll down for entry form) 

Image courtesy of keiim on Instagram

The Importance of Color

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I drive a black car – my 4th black car in a row. When offered a choice, I really want to drive a black car.

When selecting items of practical (or impractical) use, how important is it to you to have them be a certain color? Does it in someway make the item more pleasurable to use?

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