For this week’s creative prompt, grab a pen and some paper to make a list of all the things you did this summer. It doesn’t matter whether or not they were connected to any specific vacation destination or event, just write down anything that you’d like to remember about the summer of 2014. Think people, places, foods, music, games, sports, nature…
Feel free to write an essay if you like, but individual words and simple phrases will work just as well.
Monday’s product spotlight post about our Rhodia Classic Staplebound Notebooks included a typo. What I mean to say, was: Do you use them for a specific purpose? when instead, I wrote Do you use them for a specific purple?
This caught the attention of Beth Treadway who asked, “Purple? Is that typo a Freudian slip that we may someday get these in colors?” Not that I’m aware of Beth. Although, there is a purple version of the Clairefontaine 1951 staple bound notebooks which might be of interest to some of my fellow purple fanatics. (Purple is my favorite color, which probably explains the typo.)
• 90 g pH neutral, acid-free lined white paper with a smooth satin finish
• Grained paper cover with front label
• Vintage look and feel
• 48 sheets, lined, in two sizes and seven colors: 3 1⁄2 x 5 1⁄2 and 5 3⁄4 x 8 1⁄4
- Does the color of an item influence your decision making processes when purchasing items for daily use?
- Have you ever allowed the color of an item inspire you make an impulse purchase?
- What do you think about Rhodia offering products in colors other than their classic black and orange?
- What is your favorite color?
Who doesn’t love food? Whether individual ingredients, meals you’ve been served, or something you’ve cooked up on your own, today’s creative writing prompt encourages you to make lists of the foods you love. You can list favorite fruits, vegetables, herbs, or spices. Favorite brands of a particular food item, as well as the shops where you bought them may also be included.
(Avocados, white nectarines, red pears, cardamom ice cream, and uni are a few of my favorites.)
Food memories will inevitably prompt additional memories and may even trigger emotions. (Did I ever tell you the story about my friend whose grandfather was a butcher? Years after he’d passed away, they found a long forgotten package of his hot dogs at the bottom of a freezer. Did they eat them? You bet.)
If you’ve ever thought that writing would be beneficial to your overall health but didn’t know where to start, these various creative writing prompts are designed to help you open up to the page.
No judgments, just write.
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“We like lists because we don’t want to die.”
In a 2009 Spiegel interview with Umberto Eco, the Italian philosopher and novelist states “The list is the origin of culture.” And what does culture want? “To make infinity comprehensible. It also wants to create order — not always, but often. And how, as a human being, does one face infinity? How does one attempt to grasp the incomprehensible? Through lists, through catalogs, through collections in museums and through encyclopedias and dictionaries.”
I’ve kept my own book of lists for over a decade by contributing several lists per year of material either relevant to the time or from memory of things past.
Do you keep a book of lists? If not, would you ever consider it?
The new landscape Webbie notebook both opens flat to the page and lies flat when you are leaning on it to write. To me, that’s a pretty big deal because I don’t like losing precious real estate in the fold.
How important it it to you that your notebook lie flat? Can you give specific examples of when it might be particularly necessary for the book to lie flat?
Opens flat: The paper needs no hand pressure for the pages to reveal a flat writing surface.
If you lean on the book as you write, the spine folds neatly upon itself.
There were several new products on display in the Exaclair booth at the National Stationery Show that I had the opportunity to drool over today, including the new “pictures can’t do them justice” Rhodia Ice. They look AMAZING in person. Continue Readering »
This is David’s desk. David is also known as JustDaveyB. (<– Check out his blog) Does your desk look like David’s? If yes, Rhodia thanks you.
“Just a few Rhodia pads on the desk” – David
(From left on the desktop)
Rhodia No18 Orange Blank – used to print my writing sample pages
Rhodia No19 Blank Dotpad – used for general writing and dip penning of inks
(at Bottom of pile)
Rhodia No38 Orange 5×5 – my blotter on occasion
Rhodia Webbie Black A5 Blank – my daily journal
(In the red desk tidy)
Rhodia No11 Orange 5×5 – for quick scribbles
Rhodia No12 Orange Dotpad – for scribbles that need more space
Rhodia No12 Black R lined – for scribbles that need 90gsm ivory paper
Rhodia No14 Black lined – for lists
RhodiaNo15 Orange lined – for longer lists
Rhodia No16 Orange Dotpad – for my weekend Ink in use writing samples
(and on the lean)
Rhodia No8 Orange 5×5 – for really,really long lists. :)
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
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.)
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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?
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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.
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
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.
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
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?