Monday, May 19, 2014

Blank Pages

Several weeks ago I received a very special gift from a local artist and friend, Onalee Nicklin. Books with blank pages have probably topped the list of things I most love for pretty much my entire life. The thing about a blank pages is that you get to fill it, and for a moment, before your pen first touches the paper, the possibilities are endless. Blank pages have the potential to become anything.

I typically have a collection of journals/notebooks/blank pages that fill my various needs. There is a scribble book, an idea book, one that is often in my purse or bag because it’s just the right size, and one that is beside my bed because you just never know when inspiration will strike. Sometimes I keep a grumble journal. Sometimes I keep one filled with gratitudes.

Onalee must have known this about me, as she made me a very special journal. It is personalized right down to the ruled lines within which are drawn by her very own hand. She has captioned several pages that must speak to her confidence in me… 

I love everything about this little journal. I’ve been carrying it in my bag, which is rarely far from me, though I know I am not going to just sit down and dump words in it at random. These blank pages will be purposely filled with phrases I have crafted to the point of complete satisfaction, and then I’ll probably put them aside and let them sit some more before I finally decide to commit them to these pages.

Endless possibilities… and I find myself trying them all out, by scribble, by captured phrase, by thoughts that get me through another stack of dishes or mundane chore. 


  1. Love this, Tracy. My oldest granddaughter had a second grade teacher who made journaling a class project for the year. And ever since, Alexis has loved journals. I almost always include one in her Christmas gifts. And now, she is going to start college next fall and have a doubel major in (drum roll here!) Journalism and Creative Writing. You can imagine how happy this makes me.

  2. "Endless possibilities"--you've captured the perfect phrase for how I feel about beautifully bound blank notebooks. Enjoyed your post.

    In case you're wondering who I am. I found your blog through the WLC Blog Follows on the World Literary Cafe. It's nice to connect.

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