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Dec 5, 2022Liked by Alicia Kennedy

Loved this! Notebooks and planners are indeed magical, but I've also fallen HARD for the charms of Google Calendar: the colors! :) I don't carry a notebook with me, but I've used the Writual Planner (https://writualplanner.com/products/2023-writual-tarot-journal-paperback) for going on three years now, and I love it: space for astrological info, as well as Tarot cards.

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Dec 5, 2022Liked by Alicia Kennedy

Deborah A. Cecere

Lovely essay, Alicia. Thank you for sharing your reflections and stimulating mine. Here's to the many notebooks I bought that were so magical I could never bring myself to fill them with the mundane!

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Dec 5, 2022Liked by Alicia Kennedy

The majority of my life from age 12 on is documented in small black Moleskin notebooks, 1-2 per year, which are covered in collages of stickers and magazine cutouts preserved by clear packing tape wrapped around the hardcover. I am a completist and once I establish a standard format I hate deviating, but I switched to Leuchtturm1917s in my late 20s since the dot grid format suits my hybrid writing/sketching/keepsaking style better.

Iโ€™m much more promiscuous when it comes to planners, and am currently planning to try the Saint Belford in 2023. I am buying a Hobonichi Techo Weekly as a backup though, and odds are seem good Iโ€™ll end up switching to that before January is over. Japanese planners have been among the best Iโ€™ve tried if anyone is still in the market.

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Dec 5, 2022Liked by Alicia Kennedy

This was quite lovely. Your words turned every notebook into a very tangible (palpable?) thing. Amazing writing (for me, who never really had/felt this kind of close relationship with a notebook - maybe a bit w/my research and lecture notebooks? lol)

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Oct 25, 2023Liked by Alicia Kennedy

Did you get the books that I sent?

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Aug 3, 2023Liked by Alicia Kennedy

I've made the book. I'm waiting for some special fabric for the cover that I think will make you smile.

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I love this, and from the comments I am not alone. I still linger at the blank journal display at our local indie bookstore, imagining myself in another, more magical life, while my actual journalling lately features me using up the half-empty notebooks my son did not use while he was in school.

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Dec 5, 2022Liked by Alicia Kennedy

I love notebooks and now I love journaling and full then up quickly.

I miss the little stationers that were around when I was a child in England. A new pen or felt tip pens and paper gave me a great feeling of potential. What magic would I create this time?

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Dec 5, 2022ยทedited Dec 7, 2022Liked by Alicia Kennedy

I like notebooks, too. I hand-make them and give them to my students (I teach in a continuation high school in Santa Clarita, CA). https://photos.app.goo.gl/hHkdhLhUXhe9sxhc6 They're really more like sketchbooks because the pages have no lines. I make them with 80lb drawing paper and cover them with fabric. The covers themselves are made from gesso and canvas covered cardboard made for painting. The books are hand-stitched. It is a relaxing way to spend time, and keeps me from going crazy sometimes!

Send me an address and I'll send you one.

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