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Sunday, 26 January 2014

Kathy B's Book Club #2: Q and A a day 5-year journal

Hello. And welcome back to book club. Last time, we established that my book club is practically a nightclub, but with silence and beds and onesies, and absolutely no tequila slammers. Hurraaaay. We also established that I am in love with Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew, and that reading in general is the perfect kind of solace. Yup, we well and truly planted the seeds of our virtual book garden, in which we are all worms who get excited over words and pages and fictitious worlds. Thank you for being a part of it. Would you like a cup of tea? Crumpets?

This time, I'd like to tell you about something a little different. We're rustling the bushes a little. (Not a euphemism, I promise.) The book I'm sharing with you today is different because it's about you; your life, your thoughts, your adventure.

When I stumbled across the 'Q and A a day: 5-year journal', I immediately fell in love with the concept and have since bought it for myself and most of my social circle. If you read my most recent post about a certain pubescent cataclysm (aka my 14 year old self), you will know that I've always been a fan of documenting my life. We are, after all, continually evolving, perpetually fascinating human beings, creating our own individual history. We do things. We feel things. We have opinions. We have plans for our futures. All of the latter are subject to change, and more than often do change. And as embarrassing or confusing or bizarre I might find it to look back, I love doing it. I love being reminded of what once was and seeing how my feelings or opinions or plans evolved or disintegrated from that moment to now.

I've always loved the idea of keeping a daily journal, and during the height of puberty, I actually managed it for a good year or so. Granted, its primary theme seemed to be my inhibited urges to touch male genitalia, but still, I got a particularly humiliating and awkward year of my life captured on paper, ready for us all to cackle over in years to come. Keeping a daily journal as an adult however, is a pursuit that I had always deemed impossible. There are a million other things that we need to be doing, such as drinking gin and watching Harry Potter and touching male genitalia. (Isn't it amazing how life changes?)(Just kidding, I don't do that kind of thing.)

And then I found it; the 'Q and A a day: 5-year journal', and suddenly the art of journal-keeping is easy-peasy-capture-it-squeezy. Each page is dated and presents a question; sometimes emotionally provocative, sometimes quirky, sometimes a little bit witty; inevitably interesting. Best of all, although it allows the opportunity for you to explore a particular part of your mind or existence, all of the questions can be answered within a couple of sentences, meaning that you can still manage to write it whilst under the influence of gin. Hurraaaay. Upon each page also lays 5 separate spaces in which to write your answer each year, so that you can see how your answers have changed or not changed, so that you have an eternal keepsake of your evolvement as a perpetually fascinating human being. If that's not a bloody brilliant idea, then I don't know what is. (Here you go, see for yourself.)

I started my journal on 8th October 2013 and so far it's been an absolute pleasure, one that I would like to bestow on you. Yes, you. I have a 'Q and A a day' journal to give away. If you'd like to get your hands on it, all you need to do is retweet my tweet about this post, or simply just tweet me the word 'cataclysm'. I'll pick a worm at random from the virtual garden next Sunday and get it posted.

I love the word 'cataclysm' at the moment, it's the word of the week. I'll get over it in a minute and stop banging on about it, I promise.


  1. I have this too :) :) I can't wait to read back on it in a few years time and hopefully see nice little changes :) xxx

  2. I love that word too, it's good as cataclysmic and I like iridescent quite a lot for some reason as well! I've looked into the a line a day diary before, but didn't think I'd be able to shut up myself up and write just one line. I don't think I could write 'Ate my weight in Fox's biscuits today' continuously either! This sounds like a great idea, I will definitely checking these out. I can't wait to have a nosey in yours, please let us have a peek! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk


Thanks so much for reading. I'd love to hear your thoughts. Don't forget to leave a link to some of your own writing; I'm always on the look out for more reading material.

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