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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Have You Considered Writing It Down?

I carry a notebook and pen with me at all times.

My current notebook is a vaguely Victorian floral monstrosity, a spiral-bound book that has been shoved in purses, suitcases, used to shim unsteady tables, and, in one instance, has acted as a wasp-slaughtering device. There is a swath of duct tape holding the back cover together. It is an altogether rakish book, full of fascinating and colorful…

Ack. I can’t do it.

Hi. My name is Pearl, and I write stuff down.

Hi, Pearl!

My newest addition to the book? A comment made to me by T whilst sitting at a Chinese restaurant:

“Your frowning monkey is no match for my grinning tiger.”

Now something like that, you have to write down.

I have to admit there have been times, in public, that I’ve caught people looking at me, looking at my book, looking back at me. I can see it in their eyes.

Check out the woman writing in her diary.

I’m bringing it with me tonight, to Dusty’s, where Vin is celebrating his last day of employment at a place he wasn’t particularly fond of. There will be drinking, shouting, singing, whistling, table-slapping, and inappropriate comments.

That’s right. I’m gonna write it down.

12 comments:

Pat said...

So THAT'S the key to your gleaming nuggets of brilliance! I gotta get me a purse-sized notebook.

I'm guessing you and T were looking at the paper placemat showing which years were which animals.

mapstew said...

I am also drinking tonight!

Slainte! :¬0

xxx

Kevin Musgrove said...

I have a commonplace book the size of my palm.

I've just re-read that five times and it still sounds filthy.

sage said...

It's a curse to have a writer in the family (or workplace, or anywhere else), always writing stuff down that may come out who knows where... I write stuff down, too.

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

I take a notebook with me everywhere, too!

I can't WAIT to read what you write about tonight! Have a BLAST!!

Anonymous said...

Have fun tonight, Pearl! Gimme a shout when you're ready for your coffee (and I'll take your order?). Cheers from "The Other White P"

ElvisS_Scholten0188 said...

IT IS A VERY NICE SUGGESTION, THANK YOU LOTS! ........................................

Kabbalah Rookie said...

I have a notebook where I jot down moments of inspiration or funny events. But I've never written anything about frowning monkeys and grinning tigers. I am blatantly not making the most of my notebook.

Tempo said...

I have a little book I once used to write interesting things in...it's somewhere in the house..unread..unloved..un-needed. I found it was harder to go back to it to read it than it was to put the stuff in there in the first place.

Jimmy Bastard said...

I too also write abstractly on anything to hand when the moment occurs and a seed is sewn.

Who cares what others may think...

IndigoWrath said...

Hey Pearl! Totally agree with the diary habit, though I'm less organised. I collect Post-It notes and scrap paper with ideas scribbled on them. Why? Because I'd forget them if I didn't, and I don't get enough blogging ideas to make them disposable. H. P. Lovecraft has his Commonplace Book to do the exact same thing, and if it was good enough for mad ol' Howard, it's good enough for me. Indigo

Errant said...

thanx a lot for stopping my blog and saying sweet things about it .. i had such a big smile on my face after a tiring day ..

i like ur blog a lot as well .. see ya around