The Rabbit Hole

Eastern cottontail says, "If you thought Richard wasn't going to have a rabbit picture handy, you need to re-read the chapter."
Eastern cottontail says, “If you thought Richard wasn’t going to have a rabbit picture handy, you need to re-read the chapter.”

Last semester a photography student of mine told me that she visited this site and took a trip “down the rabbit hole,” meaning she got involved and lost in the content. It was very flattering to me to have someone say that. I try to be as entertaining as I can and as poignant as I can. The internet can be unforgiving, particularly when you tell a truth some people don’t want to hear. I appreciate any approbation offered.

Here’s a little history. In 1978, I started a journal for English class in tenth grade. I wrote in full-sized spiral notebooks for 20 years. After that I switched to smaller hardback volumes. In 2007, I started a blogger.com page. Within a year I migrated to my own web site, and have administered it using WordPress since then. That gradually replaced writing in longhand.

Interestingly, I bought a number of hardback blank journals in the early 2000s that remain unused. I have toyed with the notion of giving them away, but we live in a world of such plenteous paper and so little demand that I expect anyone who would take them wouldn’t use them.

That leaves keeping them for either a special project or some kind of handwritten journal reboot, neither of which is likely in the internet age; I am much more comfortable at the keyboard these days than I am with a pen or a pencil.

An Open Mic Nyte buddy of mine, Timothy, calls them his notebooks “codex” books, which is an elegant name for the same thing. Another OMN friend, next door neighbor Jenn, keeps journal notes all the time. Ideas?

There are two empty 8.5x11-inch notebooks and 11 8x5-inch books in this stack. I want to do something with them. Their potential tasks me.
There are two empty 8.5×11-inch notebooks and 11 8×5-inch books in this stack. I want to do something with them. Their potential tasks me.
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3 Comments

  1. If the pages are unlined, an art student at ECU would love to have them. Most are required to turn in a book just like that at semester’s end, filled with sketch assignments.

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  2. “…if you thought Richard wasn’t going to have a rabbit picture handy…”

    LOL. Yet another reason to make photos consistently — you become your own stock photography source. :-)

    I still keep notebooks handy, and occasionally use them, despite (like you) being much more comfortable with a keyboard. I realized there are numerous times I want to jot a note or a few lines of a poem or memories of a dream — and I’m nowhere near my computer. So I keep a small (approx. 5×7) notebook and pen on my nightstand for just-before-falling-asleep thoughts. I carry a small notebook and pen in my purse (“man-bag” for the easily offended). There’s another notebook/pen in my camera bag.

    I don’t use them every day, or even every week. But I went a few years without them and kept noticing times when I sure could have used one.

    I considered using my phone for this purpose — it’s always with me. But typing on the phone is a chore for my GenX brain and thick fingers. And yes, I considered using audio/video recorders for the purpose, but what if I’m in a restaurant and don’t want to be overheard? (Also, I’m a visual person, so seeing the words in text is crucial to my composition process. If you ever see a video of me just talking, and if it sounds even partly coherent, it’s because I *wrote* the words first.)

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