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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Question #1

The other day when I talked about my sister reading my letters from 1989 (ack), I was surprised by how many of you still have diaries/journals around the house.  So let's take an informal poll.

How many volumes of old diaries/journals do you have?
How far back do they go?

Me?  I mentioned the other day that I trashed all of mine.  I also trashed all of my stories I wrote as a teen.  Many reasons for this.  I hated the clutter, I was embarrassed by the content, and their very existence seemed to be a magnet for snoopers.  So I've got nothing except what I've been writing this year.  I wish I had some of the stories I wrote when I was in elementary school, but I don't miss any of the other work.  


10 comments:

Carole Anne Carr said...

I'm very much like you, want to be organised and yet regret stuff when I've thrown it out! Yes, I have one or two diaries lingering and dusty, but most have gone. My husband is a squirrel and clings fiercely to a bit of string, a nail, 'it might come it useful..' is his mantra....:0)

Talli Roland said...

I've got two and they go back to... maybe 10 years ago? I go through phases of writing. I haven't written in one for about five years now!

Mason Canyon said...

I've got all types of journals (gardening and personal) that go back 10 or 12 years at least. I have them all boxed up somewhere. I run across them from time to time and it's interesting to see how things have or haven't changed. LOL

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Theresa Milstein said...

I have one journal I uncovered in a basket a few years ago. It was from Junior High, I think. It was very strange to read it. Very strange.

As a teen, my husband wrote in composition books for years but I don't know if they're still around.

Kimberly Franklin said...

LOL. Magnet for snoopers. Love that. It's so true!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I wish I still had my diaries from my teen years... :( Or the papers I wrote in college... :(

I tend to throw my things away. My daughter's writing and artwork is another story. We have rediscovered a lot of her writing starting from her first airplane trip. She dictated to me at the end of each day. Priceless!

Lenny said...

hi miss vicki! i dont have too much saved up cause i didnt start writing stuff til i got sick last year and had lots of time to do it. im saving it cause maybe theres more ideas for some more short stories. the best thing i have saved is a letter my mom wrote to me when rowdy our pet raccoon died. she knew just how i felt and said it in words that got way down in my heart.
...hugs from lenny

Stephen Tremp said...

I didn't keep a diary, but I have some of my short stories, poems, and drawings. This is how I captured my youth.

Stephen Tremp

Jen said...

I am not a clutter bug, I'm a minimalist and in this case I am right there, even though I think I would have loved to have kept them. I guess I will try again. I have a journal dated 1/28/10 it's the only one I own and use, I have 70 pages filled and it's about blogging, life and writing. Looking back even for what I wrote in January really shows how much I've grown!!!

Wendy Ramer said...

Oh God, I keep everything. A few years ago, I was even bold enough to attempt to transcribe my handwritten childhood stories onto the computer. (Didn't get very far.) As for journals, not sure how many (but it's a lot), but I can say I have the 4 from my years in Spain, and they are filled with juicy stuff. I'm so glad I documented what I did b/c the mind has a funny way of changing history, if ya know what I mean.