Let’s kick off a whole new year by featuring one of my favorite authors…you! Your comments over the past year’s Book of the Month discussions have been truly wonderful. So, what better choice for our January giveaway than Nom de Bloom Notebook Set?
There’s something about the idiosyncrasies of handwriting and notebooks that blogging, whether public or private, doesn’t have. It’s your illegible handwriting, your smudges on the pages, your misspellings and grammar mistakes that are overlooked in the heat of filling page after page.
If you’re like me, you spent your teen and college years fervently penning your thoughts into a notebook, stretched out on your bedspread, listening to your favorite CDs. This daily ritual always left me with the fulfilling sense that I understood more about myself than the day before. And while locked diaries and paper logs are often associated with teenage girls, I miss those days. I’m almost thirty, and there’s no reason that I should stop self-reflecting with a notebook and pen. Whatever your age, I hope that you feel the same.
I think that the staying power of a tangible journal or diary is like, of all things, the strength of a cockroach. They say those nasty thangs will be around long after we’re gone. Just think, you can’t really put a Tumblr or Pinterest in a time capsule with the certainty that future generations will be able to access it. Your handwritten journal has mass and volume to it, just like the Rosetta Stone, and just like cockroaches.
Okay, forget about bugs now. The Nom de Bloom Notebook set, designed and printed by Rifle Paper Co., is too pretty to pass up. What I love about the set is that it comes as three separate, soft cover, thread-bound notebooks. You can keep all three, one representing different chapters or facets of your life, or you can keep one and give two away to two friends. Just like what you put in the notebook, it’s up to you!
So, what will you write in your journals? If you’re feeling at a loss for words, perhaps your fellow blog readers’ responses to past Book of the Month discussion questions will stir up some thoughts worth capturing.
March’s The Dressmaker of Khair Khana post asked, “Is personal style a necessity, regardless of the circumstances?” Lavenderlola wrote:
“I think personal style is a beautiful, exuberant and essential part of our existence and it is an expression of the most necessary thing in any circumstance, our individuality of spirit.”
May’s American Pacifica post asked, “If you lived in what you’d consider a dystopia, what would you do to make it better?” Kelly wrote:
“If I lived in my dystopia, I would do what I can to pay attention to others’ needs and help them realize that love is more important than physical niceties. I would orchestrate a community of love.”
July’s The Girl in the Garden post asked, “Have you ever been spirited away by a faraway place? Describe it.” Eliza wrote:
“Oddly enough the place that ‘spirits me away’ is not that far away from where I live. It’s a beautiful river park with hidden trails and waterfalls…”
Lastly, October’s The Meowmorphosis asked, “If, without warning or reason, you were to transform into any other creature, what would you hope it would be?” Marleni wrote:
“A unicorn. Definitely.”
Now, here’s our January question:
One of your journals will be put into a time capsule. What will you make sure it conveys to future generations?
- You have until Thursday, February 26, 2012, to participate.
- Though you may leave comments after the above date, any comments left after 11:59 p.m. PT on February 26 will not be counted into the giveaway.
- Only comments left on this blog post will be counted into the giveaway.
- We will contact you via e-mail if you are a winner.
- For more information, please see our Contests & Comments page.