Does any one have a journal they keep? I was thinking of starting one but I never really am able to fit in writing an experience down. Also does anyone know of manly stationary. I was thinking of writing my girlfriend a letter for St.Valentines day, and was trying to think of places that sell "manly" stationary.
Another option, for plain paper or for a stationery set, is a shop that prints business stationery. Law and accounting firms still use "manly" stationery. Churches, too. Ask the professionals you know (lawyers, accountants, doctors, clergy) where they have theirs made.
I have stints of journaling via a blog that I write. But, it is not on a daily basis. Thus, this would be called digital journaling. Yet, the journal can be printed.
I have also kept seasonal journals which have included reflections on where I succeeded or failed that day regarding my relationships with God, family, and co-workers. One might call that type of journal and "Examination of Conscience."
I understand your penchant for pens, paper, and ink. Years ago I learned calligraphy (Chancery Cursive) and enjoy using nibs, free flowing ink, and excellent paper. I get my paper from a local art supply store. The metal nibs and holders are fun to use since the thickness and thinness of the the strokes are accentuated by the free flowing ink through the nib.
For taking notes or jotting down ideas, I use a regular spiral notebook with lines. Small size There has been a previous discussion on AoM regarding notebooks, etc. One person (J. Hughes, I think) talked about how he used a notebook in his daily work at a construction company. There were some really nice ideas about notebooks and writing utensils. If I can locate the discussion, I'll give you the link.
I keep a manila folder on my desk. Every evening or every second evening, when it's quiet, I crank a sheet of paper into my typewriter and type out the day's events. Then I reel it off and put it into the folder along with the other entries. The clunk of the keys and the 'Ting!' of the bell is very relaxing at night.
Stationery? Plain white printer paper. Says it all: efficient, unaffected, doesn't bleed ink.
For the decorative motif stuff, you will want greeting cards. Not manly economy to purchase a half-century's worth of valentine themed writing paper.
Yes, I keep a journal. Thing is, it's more of a workbook. For the daily stuff, like the group lunch order you can't call in, or the dimensions of the cuts needed for those odd-sized closet shelves, or the title and author of that intriguing book you just heard about, or tha appointment you need to put on the calendars both at work or home.
I tried to keep a journal. Never stuck. As for stationary, try this.
I do keep a journal, though it is sporadically written (and poorly written as I typically write in it on trains when I have little else to do). It is somewhat useful, but I don't rely on it and always forget to add entries when interesting things happen: I'm usually busy living them.
In terms of stationary, I use a pen that my girlfriend gave me. Nothing says 'manly' like something that was given to you by your significant other. I also use a plain white pad which has a pleasing 'semi-corded' texture which adds a little class, but none of the floral stuff that looks typically feminine. Just find some good, thick paper with either a nice texture or an off-white colour and you'll be set. You can usually find such paper at your local office supply store. A matching envelope also helps.
While we are "writing it down" remember that the paper that you write letters on is spelled "stationery" not "stationary" (for something that is in place and usually can't be moved) If you can't remember which is which...The word "write" has an "e" in it and so does the paper called stationery.
OK, let's keep writing.
When writing on stationery, how do you keep the sentences in a straight line? Is it practice. I was thinking of seeing if the lines of a lined paper will show though.