Posts Tagged ‘run on sentences’

Notebooks, Journals & Run-On Sentences

In Life Essays, writing on September 23, 2010 at 11:05 am

So I’ve been on a quest to read writing blogs, and this morning on the Harlequin site, I really connected with Natalie Anderson’s blog on  journal issues, “It’s My Journal and I’ll Write if I want to”,  so I decided that journals would be a good subject for my blog today:

My husband says I’m responsible for the death of more trees than anyone else he knows.  Spiral notebooks are my addiction, and I’m afraid I have them for every “category” of my life; one for my current writing project, which means one for every past writing project, and one for each idea I have for future writing projects, one for personal reflection, one for cooking, one for
holiday planning.

Then of course, I tear out pages to reorganize them into binders…yes,
it’s true, and for my writing, I have to keep every draft…and all of
my notes, so there are pockets in those binders for little notes I’ve
written to myself, research that I’ve done that I don’t want misplaced,
and pages with notes that refer to other pages, and pages that I’ve
actually cut up and glued back together in a new order…….now that’s
not a big deal when you are writing a short story, or poetry or a 2000
word article, (okay, it’s pretty obsessive compulsive) but I have a 3″
deep binder for a book, with several gold 10″ X 13″ envelopes with
the remains of the first 3 or 4 drafts, notebook pages, scraps of paper, and other miscellaneous goodies that require their own file drawer…..

The really crazy thing is, for Christmas my middle son
bought me a beautiful journal with a sterling silver front cover
specially engraved for me with a matching slim sterling silver pen, and then in July for my birthday my husband bought me a beautiful
handmade leather journal with handmade paper pages…..I’m afraid to
write in either….what if I make a mistake….how could I write
something that isn’t perfect in these beautiful journals….IT’S JUST TOO MUCH PRESSURE FOR ME…..seriously, there is no pressure when you write with a  10 cent clear Bic pen, in a spiral notebook that you bought for 15 cents at a back to school sale……….

So, I hear you…journal online, write online….keep it in a laptop, neatly organized with files and categories, but all in one spot…you simply don’t understand me. There are certain things that I simply must write by hand, and somethings that I need to cross out and write over, and I like writing slanted notes in the margins, and I like to see the way my handwriting looks on different days as the ideas spill out of me, and sometimes I don’t want my the journal where I write about my real life anywhere near the pages that contain the fictional lives of my characters…because you know of course, my real life never influences my characters lives….of course…..you know that right? Okay, maybe just a little….

Did I tell you all that I am the Queen of Run-On Sentences????? (Please refer to my previous blog entry “Still the Queen”)


Still the Queen

In writing on November 9, 2009 at 4:29 am

So apparently to write in the new millennium you need to go hi-tech. Write a blog, network on social networking sites, read e-zines, and when your editor texts you with a ‘go ahead’ for an assignment, you better be able to text back. For a writer who prefers to write in a wide ruled spiral notebook with a 10 cent blue Bic pen, sent all her queries and manuscripts by snail mail ten years ago when she was actually writing, and didn’t get the internet for years because she felt like it was a betrayal to her library card……this is a whole new world.

But here I am, on the web, starting a blog (hope you’ll bear with me) getting connected.

I’ve always loved writing, and when I was a kid, I wrote almost as much as I read. In the 6th grade, we had a special two week mini-course in typing, and after that I saved every dime of my babysitting money until I could afford to buy my first typewriter at K-mart. It was an avocado green, manual typewriter, no correction….for those of you born after 1980, that means…it didn’t plug into a wall, and you needed White Out if you made a mistake. Hmmm, if that’s not clear enough, there was no wifi, and you better not make a mistake because there was no delete!! By the time I sold my first newspaper article, I did have automatic correction, and by the time I sold my first magazine article in the mid 1986, I had an Olivetti with correction and (drum role please) 500 character memory.

My boys wouldn’t believe it if I told them because I can’t figure out how to make a playlist for my ipod, but my first computer was a top of the line 286 with DOS, and I set it up from the box and loaded it up with the software all by myself. We bought it and an HP Deskjet…no mistake just Deskjet….top of the line. The salesman told me I’d never need another computer or printer. Three years later I was sitting at a writer’s luncheon listening to the other writers talk about their new Pentium’s, without a clue what they were talking about.

One of the writers leaned across the table toward me and called out “Hey, Tari what you working on??”

“A two mumble, mumble, mumble” I tried not to say as I dropped a napkin on the floor in order to duck under the table.

“Did you say a TWO- EIGHTY-SIX?” he hollered as all the other writers turned their wide eyes in my direction……okay, this is my story and that’s how it felt to me.

But, with three young children, and a tough economy, I really couldn’t justify a new computer…. at this time I still didn’t “believe in” the internet, and truth be told, I didn’t actually do my writing on the computer. I did it all in a spiral notebook with the Bic pen, then put it on the computer after I edited.

By the time we upgraded our equipment, and I actually was connected to the internet (dial-up) I was homeschooling the boys, and no longer writing for publication.

So here I am, ten years later, connected with broadband, on a still outdated computer, can’t text because I don’t have a cell phone, but I’m blogging and networking….and still the queen of run on sentences!!!