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Quite a lot of thoughts lately.

It's probably why I haven't been sleeping well. I'm just full of all these thoughts I can't shake, all about different stuff and not all of them bad. It's just a lot for one brain to handle. Like yesterday, I woke up from a pretty intense dream involving some old friends from high school. But we weren't in high school, it was now and while some people were different there was a lot of "picking up where people left off" type things going on all around me. These types of dreams are my least favorite, because they often involve old friends I'd rather not think about anymore. Of course, after a night full of intense emotion and high school baggage (Matt even said I was yelling in my sleep) I woke up on the wrong side of things. Luckily, I was pretty busy at work most of the day and didn't have time to ruminate on some of the things that came up in my dreams. But as soon as things slowed down, I could feel that wash of charged emotions try and fill me up. I don't like it.

Last night wasn't any better. I've got a couple, both friends that aren't getting along lately. In my dream last night, I was stuck between the two trying to figure out what was going on with their lives. It wasn't pretty. Throw in some crazy dream stuff on the side, and the fact that I couldn't get my brain to shut off about an idea I had while I was trying to sleep and it wasn't a pretty night.

And then as I log on this morning I see this post in Wil's latest blog - "The unexamined life is not worth living" . It's a good, get-you-thinking type post, not that I needed to be thinking any more than I already am. I especially like someone in the comments trying to break down Lindermann's statements from Heroes about 'living a life of meaning'. Very interesting stuff. And if I didn't have a lot of other things in my head right now, I'd probably be dedicating a whole post to curiousity and introspection. But I won't. *grin*

Okay, so here's the idea I've been cultivating for the past few days. I know, I'm always big ideas but rarely follow-through like I should. However, this is something sort of neat and simple I'd really like to try out. I'm going to cut it because there's a poll - but if you like to read, even if it's like one book a year - or if you like to journal, even if you forget to keep up - please keep reading.



So, my big idea is to do a travelling journal specifical geared to people that are into books. The idea would be that each person gets a two page spread in the journal, and two weeks. In that time, in those pages, you'd journal about a book. It could be the book you're reading when the journal gets to you, or it could be your favorite book, it just has to be a book you want to write or draw or illustrate or doodle about. You could do a review, or postulate on what's going on in the plot (trying to keep semi-spoiler free) or just write about what you feel when you finish the book. If you're an artist, you could do character portraits, or capture the main setting for the book. If you want to employ a little "creative destruction" - go for it. The idea is just to share a journal with other people that like books. Then when it's all done, I'll post pictures of what everyone did and what books people shared. I've got some bigger ideas of what could happen if the idea is bigger than my friends list, but I'm trying not to get that big...yet.

I know there's a few travelling journal sites out there like 1000 Journals or it's counterpart 1001 Journals or even Book Mooch's new Book Mooch Journal Project but I haven't seen anything like this. Please fill out this poll (even if you don't think you'd be interested) and let me know what you think. If there's enough interest, I'll make another poll later to talk mechanics for the project.

Poll #985158 Read Books, Will Journal

How many books a year do you read?

None
0(0.0%)
1 to 5
3(9.4%)
6 to 15
9(28.1%)
16 to 30
2(6.2%)
31 to 50
3(9.4%)
more than 50
11(34.4%)
more than 100
4(12.5%)

Do you keep a paper journal?

Yes
20(62.5%)
No
9(28.1%)
I try, but it's not consistant
3(9.4%)

Do you keep track of the books you read?

Yes (in a paper journal)
5(15.6%)
Yes (online)
11(34.4%)
Sometimes
10(31.2%)
Never
6(18.8%)

Have you ever participated in a travelling journal?

Yes
4(12.5%)
No
25(78.1%)
I tried, but it didn't work out
3(9.4%)

Would you be interested in participating in a travelling journal for readers?

Yes! Where do I sign up?
18(56.2%)
Yes, but I would probably forget I had it.
3(9.4%)
Sounds neat, but no.
2(6.2%)
No
0(0.0%)
Ticky box!
1(3.1%)

Comments

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to_paraphrase
May. 15th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
i am totally up for this! i still don't know where my two travelling journals are, but i'm still into this idea. :)
cherith
May. 15th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
I thought of you when I was brainstorming this idea. I was hoping you'd be up for it. :)
to_paraphrase
May. 15th, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC)
i am totally into this, and i just started getting back into reading more! :D
windowofblue
May. 15th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of something like this. Sounds cool - keep me updated. :)
cherith
May. 16th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
Looks like you came over from BookMooch? I think I've got enough interest to at least get this thing started. I've got a forum set up here if you're still interested! Feel free to bring over any friends you think might like to join in as well!
twotone
May. 15th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
I used to be a voracious reader in my youth, and continued to read somewhat obsessively through university thanks to the Science Fiction Society's fire-hazardous clubroom (science fiction and fantasy books from floor to ceiling, comfy crowded couches and a fridge stocked with KinderSurprise eggs).

I've slacked off since I moved in with my husband, though. I suspect the internet (and comic-book collections -- do those count as books?) have eaten away at the time I used to spend reading books. I don't get as much exposure to new authors, either, now that I no longer have awesome libraries within walking/hop-on-a-bus distance.

(I'm told the village of Broad Brook has a library, and someday I may actually visit it.)
cherith
May. 15th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
For this purpose, comics count. :) I've seen plenty of Graphic Novel reviews in book communities.
doricom
May. 15th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
I really don't read as much as I used to, but I still love reading. :) This sounds like a really neat idea! :)
duendegrrl
May. 16th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)
I would luuuuurve to do this. I've been on cloud nine reading for pleasure this past week since school is out. :D
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