Tea and Conversation 13: Journals

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Today I’m sharing a picture of a blue and white floral tea-cup and journal I posted on my tea pin board.

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Today in my meditation I’m thinking about the Eternal Curse Series, and I’m writing about: Why journals?

The idea and the process of writing a journal quickly becomes an important theme in my Eternal Curse Series, but it’s a bit ironic because in my whole life, I’ve never consistently kept a journal or diary of my own. After reading the first book in this series (the second is still pending release) readers are able to figure out that at some point, someone reads of Giovanni’s life story through the journals he’s left behind. This becomes very important in the second book and will then be elaborated on in the third. Originally I used the idea of journaling as an easy way to explain where all this information came from, but that idea soon evolved into something else.

The idea of keeping a journal, of being able to tell a story from your own point of view, has always interested me, but I’ve never wanted to tell my own story. It’s not very interesting. I guess that’s why the only journal I’ve ever been able to keep is a writing journal, filled with ideas, notes, and short stories.

If I think of myself as a character in a story, maybe I could write my own story, but again, I’m just not that interesting. In any case, I do think that keeping a journal is important. Even my writing journal can surely tell you a lot about me. From reading it, I imagine that people could see just how disturbed I am about so many things in this world. People could get a glimpse of my odd sense of humor and see just how much rage I have inside me all the time. People would also be able to see the compassion within me and see that I cling to a belief system that they may not clearly understand, but will realize that it’s a part of who I am.

I think a good journal can tell you more about a person than their own DNA, and I try to capture that in my writing.

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Toi Thomas

I like reading, writing, cooking, dancing, movies, and music. I'm a big kid and choose to see the world in my own special way. Yes, I'm educated, but I haven't let that stop me from being who I want to be. I'm a wife, teacher, author, blogger, and more.

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