My 2020 Bullet Journal(s)

Everybody talks about the Leuchtturm1917 as the definitive home for our bullet journals, and they’ve been doing it for several years now. This is the journal used by Ryder Carroll, who first had the idea for rapid logging and many of the other methods that we now use for our bullet journals. Bloggists worldwide have sung its praises. I’ve seen it recommended more times than any other journal. People have sworn that it even accommodates watercolors.

And yet . . . and yet . . . last year, in my favorite pen group on Facebook, I began to hear whisperings and murmurings. “Everything you write will show through to the next page. Don’t use your fountain pen unless it’s very fine. Paper is much thinner now than it was.” And on and on. Last year I was head over heels in love with my Clairefontaine MyEssentials. This year they raised the prices so that it cost more than the Leuchtturm. What to do? What, indeed?

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My New Best Notebooks

I spent way, way too much time last year trying to fit a bullet journal–or more of an omni journal–into a Midori Traveler’s Notebook, passport size. This waste of time was compounded by the fact that I was somehow bitten or infected by the current mania for perfectly decorated diary pages that involved Artwork and Design (with a capital “A” and “D”). I suffer from CDFS Syndrome (can’t draw for shite), and I was determined to conquer this by means of Tombow Dual Brush Watercolor Pens, which I would use in my miniature bullet journals to draw Beautiful Graphics.

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Happily Ever After: The Tender Trap

I have only been writing Jane Austen fanfiction for a little over two years, but in that time, I’ve managed to post two stories that are pretty respectable in length. Both have explored dark themes. One is concerned with human trafficking, its impact on the victims and their families, and the personality of the victimizer. The other takes a look at the damage that can be done to a family by a person determined to ruin them. Very cheerful, yes, I know. Yet both end on a note of hope. The protagonists survive, they are together, they have each other, and their lives stretch ahead of them. To me, that makes a good ending. Life goes on, and in both my stories, I attempted to give the people I was writing about the opportunity to live that life.

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