Note to Self

“I should detest the idea of setting myself up as an author give Wm. the Pleasure of it”
Dorothy Wordsworth

More than likely because I’m finishing up my 3rd packet for school I won’t be posting much this week. The amount of time I put in in the final week before my packet is due seems daunting how do I pull together everything I studied in the last three weeks into one coherent packet. One thing I didn’t do this last packet is journal and that was a mistake. Journaling keeps me on track and reminds me as I’m finishing up what I learned or what I was working on each day. Without that daily check in I feel like the weeks rush into each other and then I spend a lot of time staring at the computer screen and wondering how to begin.

Note to Self: On Keeping a Journal and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Samara O’Shea is a new book written on one of my favorite topics, journaling. The more I study writing the more I find that throughout the ages poets and writers kept journals. There are the most famous ones, Anne Frank, Sylvia Plath, Louisa May Alcott and Anais Nin but right now I am studying about Dorothy Wordsworth, on a recommendation from my advisor. Dorothy Wordsworth, poet and journalist was the sister of the Romantic poet, William Wordsworth who “used” her words and her journals in many of his poems. As you can see from the quote at the top of the page she was very ok with it. There have been many books written about their close relationship and her role in the poetry of the times. A quick snapshot if you’re interested.
Samara O’Shea is also a blogger for the Huffington Post and the author of For the Love of Letters: A 21st-Century Guide to the Art of Letter Writing.
Now get back to work!
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