How I Journal

Journaling - By Jcomb

Another activity that I love doing besides reading is writing in a journal. In recent years, I’ve done collage and bullet journaling but straight up writing in a journal is something that I’ve done since 13 years old. Of course, it can be hard to start with a blank page staring up at you. It’s frustrating not being able to think of what to write. Trust me, I’ve been through that and still go through that often. So I’m here to share my experience with journaling using the concepts of morning pages.

This past Sunday (November 12) I finished a 248-page journal (I numbered the pages).  It made me really proud and satisfied that I did. I love finishing things and knowing I’m not wasting money buying a stack of journals and actually using them.

How did I fill up that journal? Morning pages. Morning pages is a concept thought up by Julia Cameron where you write 3 pages longhand in an 8.5 x 11-inch notebook first thing every morning. She suggests this to everyone, not only creatives or authors. I’m usually a skeptic but I really want to write. Whenever I would sit to write, I’d just sit there and stare at the blank paper. I still do that often, even after finishing a 248-page journal filled with morning pages.

I’m not sure how I first heard about morning pages but I first thought it had to be anytime before noon. When I read more about morning pages from Cameron’s book on it, I realized that I was supposed to do it as soon as I woke up. I didn’t follow everything she suggested or go out and buy a special 8.5 x 11-inch notebook when I had a whole stack of smaller journals. I also didn’t beat myself up if I couldn’t write one morning or wrote 3 pages later in the day. That is very important. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

According to Cameron, morning pages are supposed to be a stream of consciousness, you’re not supposed to stop and think what to write. This was hard for me and it’s something I’m still working on but if I can’t think of anything to write, I write exactly that, “I can’t think of anything to write.” or “What else should I write about?” Usually, I write what I did the day before or my thoughts on certain topics.

Another suggestion from Cameron is to stop writing at three pages. I like this concept as well because if you are motivated to keep going to a fourth page but stop, you can carry that motivation to the next days morning pages. It will be like you can’t wait until the next morning to continue writing. If you continue to keep writing to a fourth or fifth page, you’d have written everything and you’ll be all dried up. I think this is a good concept for fiction writing as well.

Probably the best part of journaling is buying cute journals and pens but it’s important. If you love what you’re writing with and what you’re writing on, it makes a big difference. I think it’s good motivation to keep writing and finish up a journal so you can buy yourself a new journal!

I hope I’ve inspired you to keep or start journaling!

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The Bluest Eye Book Review

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison is a historical fiction novel, that switches POV between Pecola Breedlove and Claudia (and her sister, Frieda). However, it’s mainly about Pecola Breedlove. I think it is a beautifully written novel, with poetic language. It’s not your typical story that follows a plot but goes back and forth and takes some getting used to. The character development for The Breedlove’s was especially on point. Although Pecola’s story is not a happy one, heinous in fact, I do recommend reading it. A timeless novel by a gifted author.

Have you read The Bluest Eye? If so, what did you think?

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My 5 Favorite Bookish Computer Games

Bookish Computer Games

I love reading books (obviously) and I love video games so naturally, I fell in love with these point-and-click adventure games. These games are so well written that I prefer the game to the graphic novel that inspired them, especially so for the first two, The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead.

The Wolf Among Us By Telltale Games

The Wolf Among Us (Telltale Games) – This game is based off a comic book series called Fables where characters from all fairytales live in our world under disguise. I loved the 80’s vibe from the game and although there is a learning curve with the controls, it’s an awesome point-and-click game that got me invested.

The Walking Dead by Telltale Games

The Walking Dead – Season 1 (Telltale Games) – Originally a graphic novel series and then a television series, I never thought a video game could make me cry. I don’t cry easily but this game, this first season made me cry.

Skyrim by Bethesda

Skyrim (Bethesda) – I don’t know how I first found out about Skyrim but I’m so happy I did. I loved playing this and to my surprise, I finished the game. I didn’t complete 100% but I did finish it. There are sword fights and magic and dragons. The scenery and graphics are amazing and of course, chalk full of lore.

Fallout 4 by Bethesda

Fallout 4 (Bethesda) – After playing Skyrim and obsessing with it, I decided to try Fallout 4. I thought it would be fun using guns instead of swords like I did and was very much used to in Skyrim. For me, there was a learning curve with using guns but I had a lot of fun. I love the whole post-apocalyptic dystopian storyline. I love the retro feel and open world to explore as you want, collect as much junk as you want and sell it. It’s very similar to Skyrim in terms of gameplay so I go through phases of playing it.

The Sims 4 by Electronic Arts

The Sims 4 (Electronic Arts) – This is probably the most random from the other games but the reason I like and sometimes it’s hard to play, is that it’s so open-ended. You make anything you want, happen. You can make up your own stories and play them out. It’s also a great tool to write your own stories. You can use it to visualize what your characters look like and a little bit of their personalities.

What are some of your favorite plot-heavy video games?

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October 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Monthly Reading Wrap Up

Hello! In October I tried to read 14 books because I would like to read 100 books by the end of the year but I fell one short. But I’m 72 books into 100 books so I’m almost there but if I can’t do it, it’s okay. Here’s what I read in October:

  1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  2. Batman: The Complete Hush by Jeph Loeb
  3. Post Office by Charles Bukowski
  4. This Is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare by Gabourey Sidibe
  5. Saga, Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
  6. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  7. A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena
  8. Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
  9. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  10. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  11. Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 2 by Hiromu Arakawa
  12. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  13. Push by Sapphire

What did you read in October?

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