There is not theme behind this post apart from the need to update and put some words down. I get like that sometimes, It’s the same with this little notebook which I carry around with me in my bag. It’s a diary of sorts, as in I write down the date and time but it is really just a book for jotting odd thoughts down. I only really write in it about once a year but it is something I like to have on me if I feel the need.
I have been wanting to be more creative recently, I did make a silly stick man comic called ‘My Amazing Comic’ in the same vain of XKCD which was fun. Something creative but simple, that’s what I want to do. Maybe something a bit like ‘Little Stormys’ (http://littlestormys.thinktanktoybox.com). I love little stormys and I would have loved to have come up with a idea like that. It’s very simple but effective. It reminds me of the gnome in Amélie.
In the film, Amélie steals her father’s garden gnome and gives it to her friend who is a Air Hostess. She then takes polaroid photos of the gnome in famous places around the world and sends these photos anonymously to Amélie’s father. This is Amélie’s way of encouraging her father to go out and see the world. To see what’s out there. I love that idea, I have always to do something like that. However like Amélie’s father I am not much of a traveler and even when I have gone somewhere interesting I have never remembered to bring something that is worth taking a photo of.
A friend of mine once did a piece of art which was made up of train tickets. It was a great idea, basically she asked people to save train tickets and then write on the ticket what the journey was for and a few lines about it it. “Went to the Zoo. Saw the lions. It rained”.
While on holiday in Portugal last year I wrote a secret message on the train ticket I used to get from home to the airport. On it I wrote the date of our stay and what a great holiday we had and then hid it in one of the books on the bookshelf. A secret bookmark. I’m hoping if we return (and I hope we do) it will still be there. Maybe next time I will another one and hide it somewhere else.
I like that. I would like to find a secret message, or a message in a bottle. I like it when people tie notes to the end of a balloon let it go to see how far the ballon travelled. I also love the guest books that you find in holiday cottages. I love flicking through the pages and seeing what people have written, seeing how far back the book goes. I think that’s what I like about my little note book. It’s not really that amazing now but when I am a old man I would want to look at that book and see the dates. “4th September 2007…. 2007, such a long time ago”. I’ve had little note books for years. I had one in college that was mainly filled with poems. I got my friends to write in it too. I can remember handing it to people in the canteen or on the train home and sometimes they would take the book home with them to write something and then bring it back the next day. I have stopped writing in that book. I don’t know why I did. I wish I just had one book. One book that had all of my writings, doodles, poems and notes. It would span most of my life. I even have a ‘vistors’ book in my bathroom. The bathroom note book was originally in my old flat, where I lived for 5 years. Lots of my friends have written in it. It’s a great little book. Full of funny messages and musings. I guess that’s what this blog is too. A blog of musings. I hope you like my musings as I like writing them.