An article in the November issue of The Writer, “Have Notebook, Will Travel” by Carolyn Roy-Bornstein prompted me to take a look at the four full notebooks in my desk drawer. (They’re in the drawer awaiting such time as I will pluck out the pages and file in the appropriate folder.) She quotes Henry James who defines a good writer as “one…on whom nothing is lost.”
I can relate. How many wonderful observations have been lost in the mist of memory because I didn’t write them down? Now I go nowhere without my notebook tucked handily in my purse. So what’s lurking inside these tomes of tidbits?
- Notes from my February trip to several sites in SW Arkansas, including inscriptions from old tombstones
- Information on using DNA in genealogy from a speech to a local genealogical society
- “Revelation in the Woods”—forgotten cemetery in the local national park—from a presentation in town
- Observations in two airports on the way to a writing conference in NC in May (next week’s blog will be about characters which could be derived from same)
- More information from a Civil War Sesquicentennial speech at the library
- Hot Springs in the Civil War—presented at the library by the director of the Arkansas Historical Commission
- Description of the historic Arlington Hotel during an afternoon sitting in the lobby sipping a soft drink and eating free popcorn
- Description of the historic Park Hotel while sitting at the BAR with a soft drink
- Sermon notes
- Notes from another Civil War presentation—as related to genealogy
- Notes from a meeting of the local chapter of the Arkansas Archaeological Society
- Notes from various meetings at the Ozark Creative Writers Conference in Eureka Springs in October
- Six pages of notes made in “Dr. Baker’s Bistro” on the fourth floor of the historic (and haunted) Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs—notes for a story I don’t have time to write (right now).
- Notes from the opening of an arts center in a nearby town—plenty of people-watching possible here!
- July “people watch” at DFW Airport (see next week’s blog)
- More “mob info” from a local author who writes about Hot Springs history
- Reflections on a meeting of a local writers’ group
- Webinar notes
- Observations from Thanksgiving trip to Ft. Smith and Van Buren, including a wonderful 50s style diner and an excursion on an historic train
- Observations from Christmas trip to Little Rock, including historic sites, the trolley, and so much more
There’s much more in the notebooks, both writing-related and not. The point is, if I hadn’t written things down as I saw them, I’d have forgotten 90% of the details.
I buy pretty little journals from the 10 for $10 rack at a local craft store, and I’m always armed with a couple of my favorite pens. (They make nice thinking-of-you gifts, too.)
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