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    Default Another take on diaries and journals, from Lynda Barry

    Came across this tonight - while certainly not fp specific, there is an abundance of creative thought going on here and a very motivating catalyst for people who are visually oriented to chronicle their days.

    Lynda Barry’s Illustrated Field Guide to Keeping a Visual Diary and Cultivating a Capacity for Creative Observation

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    Default Re: Another take on diaries and journals, from Lynda Barry

    Enjoying this, I'm thinking my journal would turn into a cross between The Oatmeal and H.P. Lovecraft.

    Might be worth a shot...
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    Default Re: Another take on diaries and journals, from Lynda Barry

    Quote Originally Posted by VertOlive View Post
    Employing this, I'm thinking my journal would turn into a cross between The Oatmeal and H.P. Lovecraft.

    Might be worth a shot...
    Honestly? That sounds fantastic!
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    Quote Originally Posted by VertOlive View Post
    Employing this, I'm thinking my journal would turn into a cross between The Oatmeal and H.P. Lovecraft.

    Might be worth a shot...
    You might have a bestseller on your hands.
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    Default Re: Another take on diaries and journals, from Lynda Barry

    This is awesome. I tried art journaling and couldn't really get the hang of it. I think it's because my life is very dull and my brain hamsters don't really get on the wheel too often 🤣 I already draw my fellow comuters Teehee. Maybe I should give it another shot

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    Default Re: Another take on diaries and journals, from Lynda Barry

    Loving cartoony stuff, I would have to say, Cute.
    My other pen is a Montblanc.

    And my other blog is a tumblr!


    Dr. Inkenstein--it was a dark and stormy write!

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    Default Re: Another take on diaries and journals, from Lynda Barry

    Drawing a cartoon to encapsulate the day: it would give you time to plot your revenge.

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    Default Re: Another take on diaries and journals, from Lynda Barry

    I am not much for journalling or haven't been. It always ends up with a lot of "maybe", "perhaps", and "I wonder" ... But with dumb stuff in between.

    I can see the value of just recording things happening like that. Hmm.

    Plus I have a lot of ink samples to try.

    What's there to lose?

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    Default Re: Another take on diaries and journals, from Lynda Barry

    I'm in my 70's now and I've recently started writing down stories from my early childhood. It started with a little note book that my wife gave me. She started doing book binding a few years ago and it's a lovely little book. Sewn, with a painted cover, and 100% cotton bookmarked paper. It sat around for a couple of years. I just didn't want to spoil another notebook with a couple pages of irrelevant stuff, and then abandon it - as has happened so many times in the past.

    Anyway, my wife passed away some months back, and I looked at that little book, and all of a sudden I realized what I wanted to write. I don't know howt the inspiration came, but all of a sudden I knew my voice and how to proceed.

    I knew I had to use a fountain pen for this project, so I got my go to, which is a cheap model of Sheaffer. I've used that a lot, on and off over the years, and had two cartridges of black left. Anyway, when I went to find more cartridges, it turns out that what used to be carried by all drug stores and stationers, was no longer available, and they were an ungodly price on Amazon (over $12 for pkg of 6). Apparently they don't make a converter for these pens and the cartridges are proprietary. I've got 5 of these pens because I thought they should last me for the rest of my life. Well, the result it that I've said goodbye to Shaeffer for good - I'll never buy another product of theirs.

    So, I went online to find a low end pen that I could identify with in the same way, and which used standard cartridges. That led me to the Kaweco Skyline Sport in the red fox color. I wasn't quite happy with the performance of the Kaweco ink - in their own pen even! Especially on this absorbent and rough paper. So I thought I'd try the mini converter, which I had enough foresight to order with it. I also had a bottle of Noodler's 54th Massachusetts left over from an earlier interest in fountain pens about four years ago. Bingo! I found the winning combination. Now I've got a pen that I can love, and which I'll be able to use for some years, unlike the Sheaffer. Now I won't run out of ink.

    I'm over half way through my little book now, and still going strong. For some reason my memories of even when I was three are coming to me again. And like I say, I've found my voice - how I want to say it, and from the right (for me) perspective.

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    Default Re: Another take on diaries and journals, from Lynda Barry

    @Ole Juul
    Keep the old cartridges and refill them using a ink from a bottle and a syringe.
    If you don't have an old cartridge either buy some vintage ones on ebay or, I am sure a member closer to you will send you a couple.
    Sheaffer carts can be refilled many times and last a long time.

    Bottled ink is far cheaper than cartridges for any brand, plus it lets you try different inks: brand and colour!

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    Default Re: Another take on diaries and journals, from Lynda Barry

    Thankyou @whych. Well, I tend to feel and speak strongly about things, but I'm really much more flexible in real life. so I have a few empty cartridges and will considered refilling. Nice to know Shaeffer carts can be refilled many times. All is not lost.

    Actually it looks like those pens might convert to eyedropper. Well see what happens. I'm quite happy to move on to the Kaweco now that I've gotten my head (and heart) around the situation. Since I started reading about pens and discovered the possibility of eyedropper operation, that elegant solution to keeping a pen inked really appeals to me.

    Indeed bottled ink is the best. I just used the carts at first because of old habits and convenience and the Kaweco had that configuration, but now that I've committed to using pen and ink going forward, it'll be bottles all the way. And probably eyedropper all the way too.

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    Default Re: Another take on diaries and journals, from Lynda Barry

    I am into journaling and It is very hard to get into a start. It is becouse most of us have diffecult in filling the book although it is easy thing to get the book.

    "Put all your thoughts onto the book in words and see how they will realise into your real ( inreality there is no real world iit is all your imagination) life." --JIM RHONE.

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    I am starting my 2nd 5 year journal. I get them from Levenger and ever page has 5 sections for one page has the same date but the next years. It was interesting to see what we were dong that day last year. Some days I did not write in it, some days I wish I had more space. The last half of 2018 was completely empty due to health problems. I am finally able to get back to doing some things I like. I tink it made me more aware as I reviewed the day.
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