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I Really Like My Traveler’s Notebook

I Really Like My Traveler’s Notebook

Woah, it’s been a whole month since I’ve posted. Oops! Well, I’ve been very busy. The good thing about waiting to post a blog is that now I have more interesting things to write about. I’ll get to the Traveler’s Notebook stuff in a minute. The first thing I should mention is that I’ve accepted one of the offers of admission into an MFA program. I start in the summer and I’ve registered for classes in both the summer and the fall. I’m excited, a little nervous, fairly intimidated, but just mostly really happy about it. I think I wrote about that in one of my previous blog post a little bit, but I didn’t quite have all of the details figured out. Well, I still don’t have all the details, but I know a lot more than I did in March.

When I found out I got accepted, I bought myself a traveler’s notebook by Traveler’s Company to try handwriting some things and seeing if I liked journaling. I wrote about it in my last blog post as well. I’ve had a really good time with this notebook.

eric's traveler's company leather notebook on his desk
My second insert for journaling. March through April got filled up, so I took it out and added a new one.

Writing About My Day In My Traveler’s Notebook

Well, I guess the experiment was a success. I’ve managed to journal in the traveler’s notebook everyday. It’s actually kind of fun to try to make a story about my day. I haven’t really dated anything, I just come up with a title for the day’s writing and write a page or two. It’s working for me. Most of the time, I write about things after they have happened. I figure that’s a good way to make sure I continue to try to live my life. A few times, I wrote about the things I wanted to do that day and it didn’t really get anywhere.

Either way, I’ve almost managed to fill up the 60-ish page insert that I have in it for journaling. I also have a separate insert for notes, and a separate insert for whatever new fiction or creative writing I want to write. I actually haven’t written in that insert yet – it’s still blank – I’m still working on the lingering novel that I’ve been writing in the Leuchturm1917 notebook. I’m not saying that I have to get the novel finished before I started writing something else – that’s probably not very realistic – but I do want to get a certain number of pages in before I do.

Anyway, because I haven’t dated anything in the journaling insert, it would be cool to look back on it and see how it reads. It probably won’t be very usable for content, but it might spark something. Who knows. Either way, it was fun to write.

Cursive, Fountain Pens, and More

I’ve also been writing in cursive. I don’t have a good reason; I just wanted to try it. I’m note great at cursive; it’s messy and sometimes hard for me to tell what I wrote. I can usually figure it out, though. I’ve been writing with fountain pens and playing with inks. So far, I love the Diamine Oxblood ink the most.

I ended up getting two Lamy Safari fountain pens. They are really comfortable. I have the terra cotta red edition and the charcoal edition pens. I also nabbed a Twsbi Eco, the new Jade color. It’s also really nice. I’ve put some Diamine Writer’s Blood ink in it. The Writer’s Blood ink is a little darker than the Oxblood – it’s almost purple, where the Oxblood is more of a maroon or dark red – but the Writer’s Blood is also still pretty red under the right light. It’s kind of weird and confusing to look at in that way.

All of this stuff has made it really interesting to write, and I think that’s what I needed lately because I was in a rut. I only had one decent short story that I was able to submit for things, and now I’m working on getting some more ready. I will have to start on a new fiction manuscript soon for the summer residency in the MFA program I think, and also a poetry manuscript as well. I’m kind of afraid of the poetry.

eric's sketch of the coffee shop in his traveler's notebook
My sketch of the inside of one of the coffee shops I go to.

My Traveler’s Notebook on Instagram

I’ve been blogging less, obviously, because I’ve been journaling. I know I go back and forth with how frequently I post on this blog. I guess I’m human that way. I’d say I’m sorry, but I don’t think I am. I don’t like locking myself into unnecessary rules. I’ll try to post every month at least, maybe more. I’ve been posting some on Instagram a little more – just quick photos of my traveler’s notebook at home and also while I’ve got it out and about in coffee shops and stuff. I’ll also post some of my sketches if I end up sketching anything, though they’re pretty rough sketches – usually of the environment I’m in, places, architecture, the people in them, or whatever. That’s been pretty fun, too. If you want to follow me on Instagram, I’m @ericshayhoward on there.


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