The Journal Habit

The past two mornings, I was up early and out the door for understudy rehearsals at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. One of the many jobs of an actor is to cover the track of another actor in case of an emergency absence. So in addition to my roles, I am understudying Mrs. Jennings in "Sense and Sensibility" and Cinderella's Step Mother and Jack's Mother in "Into the Woods". All three of these roles carry a lot of music and text, so I've been a little preoccupied.

But today I'm back to the blog, back to my family and back to my own pursuits. One of my favorite things to do is write in my journal. I usually write daily but recently I've been neglectful. My plan today is to sit down with a cup of coffee and reacquaint myself with the blank page.

Do you keep a journal? 
How often do you write?
How does is serve you? 





Looking for a beautiful journal?
Check out THIS previous post about my favorite journals
from the Watermark Bindery.

Stuck? Writer's Block? Looking for content?
Check out THIS website that provides 365 days of one-word journal prompts

Traveling and Writing - But Not Travel Writing

I'm taking a three day road trip tomorrow with my two-year-old and my five-year-old. My brave father is driving us half way across the country to our home in Texas. I also have four freelance writing project all due this week. I've already done most of the pre-writing and planning, but I'll be cramming as the weekend draws near. Cheers to an exiting week on the road... and wish me luck!




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And just for fun,
here is some excellent advice about writing a novel from E.L. Doctorow:


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Writing Life


Today, in the midst of a busy Monday I plan to carve out a small hour or two for writing.  
My book is calling and I'm ready to sit down and listen with my pen.

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"It is the function of art to renew our perception. 
What we are familiar with we cease to see. 
The writer shakes up the familiar scene and, as if by magic, 
we see a new meaning in it." ~ Anais Nin

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"The role of the writer is not to say what we all can say, 
but to say what we are unable to say."  ~Anais Nin

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Click Clack Clack

My Apple keyboard doesn't have that satisfying and nostalgic click clack clack of a vintage typewriter, but I don't mind.  I've been spending a lot of time at the keys lately, working on a little something and I've fallen in love with the smooth glide and ease of a thin wireless keyboard. John Updike would have been stoked with a laptop, but I think he'd miss the click clack clack.

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The Home as Studio

The photo below of John Lennon and Yoko Ono quietly writing together in a communal space got me thinking about transitional rooms that provide a haven for creative pursuits.  When designing my own home, it is my goal that almost every room be at the ready for a painting project, journal entry, quiet reading or some other creative endeavour.  I love when rooms call out for creative play and thoughtful art. 


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Giveaway from Ruby Mountain Dye Works

Our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide continues today with a giveaway from Ruby Mountain Dye Works.  I have kept a journal (almost daily) since I was nine years old.  Journaling is one of my absolute favorite things to do.  It centers me, keeps me focused and serves as a calendar of all the important events and thoughts of my life.  If you're looking for great holiday gifts, look no further.  I'm excited to introduce you to Karen, a homeschooling mother of eight, and a textile artist working from her home studio in Central Georgia. She began dyeing fabrics 10 years ago for her own projects, and it wasn't long before her work attracted the attention of quilters who were soon requesting custom medleys. Her little endeavor eventually grew into the Ruby Mountain Dye Works


Karen is offering the quilted journal cover above to a lucky La Maison Boheme reader.  Isn't it stunning?  It's made with beautiful hand dyed fabrics and a gorgeous batik featuring serrated beech or chestnut leaves. This elegant, one of a kind, removable cover fits a standard 9-3/4" x 7-1/2" composition notebook, which is included. The front flap has a pocket for keeping your writing instruments handy and there is also included a sewn-in buff ribbon bookmark and a buff elastic band to keep your journal closed when not in use. The journal is lined in hand dyed fabric.


Leave a comment here at La Maison Boheme for a chance to win. It's that easy! Include your email or make sure we have a way to contact you when you win! Contest ends Monday, Nov. 22nd at 9pm EST. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Tuesday, Nov. 23rd.




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