I've been wrestling with the urge to buy myself a new notebook. Surely this should be no big dilemma, you might think. A notebook is a small item. Even a relatively fancy one won't break the bank. I told myself when I finished the project I was working on, that would be my reward. And I hit my goal...
And then I found a brand new untouched notebook I'd forgotten I bought months ago, so I really can't justify the new one. Even though I really do want it and kind of promised myself.
While I do a lot of things digitally, I also generate a lot of paper. I journal longhand. I make notes. I play with fountain pens and dip pens and watercolor pens and all kinds of pencils.
This little printout is from a project I started last fall. My workout partner and I decided walking was nice but we wanted to run, even if that meant starting at only 30 seconds of running at a time. We worked conscientiously through a brutal 20-below winter, even though some weeks we had to start over two or three times because it was too icy to train. And we ran in some weird spots, keeping track of which businesses had the saltiest, most scraped-down parking lots--the courthouse, for one, though it also has a mean slope. And last week we finished our first 5k! (It was hot out, too.)
The program we used is called None to Run, though Couch to 5k is another popular option.
I think the chart and the owl stickers definitely helped in terms of motivation ;-)
Years ago, I used to offer PsyCop journals through a third-party printer, and I recently realized I could actually make one available again at Amazon.
This is the cover art I'd like to bring back. I feel like I need to be careful no one accidentally orders something thinking it's a paperback book and ends up with a journal instead. This design looks different enough from the novels that I think it would work.
If you're a journal addict like me, please let me know what size and page setup appeals to you in this quick 1-question survey.
• I'm hard at work on the next round of ABCs of Spellcraft novellas.
• PsyCop Briefs: Vol 2 will be out by the end of the year. There is incidentally a story involving a 5k that I wrote lo-o-ong before I ever entertained the notion of running one. I suspect now that I have personal experience there will be much editing in my future. Vic's gotta have a way faster time than me, even with zero training, just going by stride length, BMI and age.