Curse you, vile journal!

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“A man would do well to carry a pencil in his pocket, and write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought are commonly the most valuable, and should be secured, because they seldom return.”
-Sir Francis Bacon

I completely agree with Frank, but I am inconsistent, at best, in keeping a writer’s journal. To carry a notepad everywhere I go is impractical. I’m a mom. I need all three hands available at all times. Forget sticking an entire notepad and pen into your pocket. Women’s jeans are too tight to hold anything but a driver’s license. And purses? Ick. There’s something truly frightening about lugging my life’s clutter in a bottomless pit of the unknown. Just thinking about the smell of warm leather mixed with peppermint gum makes me want to wretch.

So how does a purse-abhorring woman (or man) carry a journal? Buy a smart phone? I can hear my husband now. “Can that be a tax write off?”

Tell me the tricks you use to ensure your writer’s journal is accessible when you need it. How do you capture inspiration when you’re on the go?

If you’d like, check out this light-hearted piece I wrote from my own bare notebook of inspiration, which was recently published on

Choosing Happiness


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