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8/28/04 jypsee

new journal

on the red kitchen table

...Isn't this elegant? A white page surrrounded by
a black cover? Is it really simple? I suppose it should
seem simple to merely write in the book -- but it is
There is a red ribbon to mark the space .. or to taunt
us that we haven't written much. I have nothing to say?
Does every writer start out like this?? with doubts and

(from the first page...of my newest of many journals that
always seem to start this way...)

other sizes: small medium original
Marijka12-Mar-2005 02:46
love the colour--- noir et rouge-- nothing like it :)!!!
Guest 20-Oct-2004 21:10
Great photo!

I used to have notebooks like this with the red ribbon in China.

The Chinese word in the rightbottom corner means "plain and neat". A lot of old Chinese ladies have it in their names.

If anybody thinks it's Japanese word, you need another thinking coming. LOL.
Chinese characters are the root of Japanese.
brother_mark08-Sep-2004 23:11
Nicely lit. In H.S. I had a habit of keeping tedious diaries. Details upon details, yet nothing really personal. Hmmm.
snootydog29-Aug-2004 14:51
This is an amazingly good photo Jyp. You did a great job lighting it. I have books and books and books of journals (though I no longer keep one) and no matter how many years I kept them and how many books I filled, that new book with that crisp white page was always my nemesis. That's actually sort of how I felt about taking my first photo for this pad gallery. But then again I am fairly obsessional.

Good luck with your new book.
Stu29-Aug-2004 10:50
I find blank pages quite intimidating. Quite possibly the most intimidating thing there is, especially when a deadline is approaching (or past)
Karen Stuebing29-Aug-2004 09:28
You're right. The photo is elegantly simple. :)

I like the blank page. It says so much.

I've never kept a journal so I wouldn't know about hard it is to start. How about the date? :)
northstar3729-Aug-2004 07:40
The first line is the hardest!
Cheryl Hawkins29-Aug-2004 03:01
This is simply beautiful.

(Larry, I really like your haiku.)
petesie29-Aug-2004 00:52
Profound, Larry A beautiful image....just waiting for you to pick up the pen.
Larry Ahern29-Aug-2004 00:37
thot i'd share one of my HAIKU poems

Here. Before these words,
Was the greatest of all poems.
Untouched . . . a blank page.
Larry Ahern29-Aug-2004 00:33
This is so rich and beautiful!! Wonderful composition!!
jude28-Aug-2004 23:49
Really nice image ... very detailed. I love the asian chaacter on the side.. I absolutely love books with ribbon markers.
katwilkens28-Aug-2004 23:01
Beautiful shot! It is brave to write those first thoughts but they will only enhance the value of the journal. Good luck!
Ray :)28-Aug-2004 20:51
This is outstanding! I just love the crispness and the red, white and dark grey. As a REAL photograph, it is worthy of a vote!
jypsee28-Aug-2004 18:17
I write in my journals...I just always seem to start out thinking that I'll have nothing to write and feeling daunted by the pages....
Guest 28-Aug-2004 18:14
Lovely! I LOVE journals, and I'm just like you -- I have several, but I never seem to write in them?? My excuse is I'm looking for that perfect leather-bound journal. Classic colors work incredibly well here.
Robin Reid28-Aug-2004 17:42
Terrific shot. Very clean, well lit, and cropped.
And yes, empty pages beckon ... "how do i really feel? ... what do I want to say about that?" ... "do I even have the words to tell it?" ... am I writing for me or for someone else to see someday? .......
Guest 28-Aug-2004 17:36
I like this! Clean start. I rarely write anymore, used to keep journals for I don't, maybe I should?