Thursday, February 25, 2010
16 pages... that's how many pages are left in the above journal and it's frustrating the beans out of me.
I am less intimidated staring at a book of blank pages than I am these final few. I don't write in my journal every day, so I get antsy anticipating the start of a new one while I still don't have the words to finish the one I'm currently on. And this one has been taking longer to finish than normal. I usually run through a journal in about 2 months yet I'm almost at the end of my third with this one. Granted its one that's larger than I'm used to, at 7x9"and that's a bit more space to write in in comparison to the typical 6x8" size I prefer.
Larger books take me longer to write across the page and I think it gets a little tiring for me - less sense of accomplishment in finishing a page or two when it would be 3 or 4 in a smaller journal. Come to think of it, I remember struggling to finish a similar sized hardbound Clairefontaine journal about a year ago.
Hardcover books get a little awkward to handle in their last few pages as well. I almost always write on my knee or in my hand and when all of the paper is on the left hand side of the book it becomes clumsy and awkward and I just don't want to use it as much.
The whole thing in my eyes comes down to whatever your choice of journal, you have to love writing in it all the time, from the first page to the last. Though I really like writing and doodling in the blank off-white Paperblanks paper, this will most likely be the last time I use one of their journals in the Ultra size.
Then comes the big decision on which journal to pick next as I've got quite a few different ones on hand. I like trying new books, and I've got one of the new Leuchtturm journals here, and also an Eco-System. Decisions, decisions.....
So which is easier for you? Starting a new journal or finishing one with 16 pages to go?