Being of an artistic persuasion, I always have a pen and notebook on me wherever I go in case I need to do a doodle or write a piece of poetry or prose. I usually buy an Elfin Diaries Notebook each year, though I have never yet used up an entire notebook in a single year – I’ve actually still got blank pages going back to my 2004 notebook – which incidentally was my first one!
I also used to keep a compact camera in my bag for those moments when you see an image you just have to capture, but now I’ve got the iphone I can at least leave that out of my bag. I must admit though that the quality of the iphone pictures and video isn’t as good as my trusty compact -Pentax Optio S6 and I’m currently investigating a new Compact that I can go snorkelling with, not to mention the Pentax K 7 that I’m coveting! So watch the blog for more details of my forthcoming gadgetry purchases!
But, I digress – today I want to talk about some of the hidden gems I’ve found just in my Elfin Diaries Notebooks of 2004 – 2010. I had obviously just forgotten about them and I feel a little bit guilty now that I see they aren’t all that bad.
First up are the doodles, which I often have a lot of in notebooks at work, scraps of paper, backs of receipts, etc. These were all quick snaps taken with the iphone of small doodles in the moment, so the quality’s not great, but I was too lazy to get the SLR out tonight .
Incidentally if you are interested in pagan calendars and diaries then you really should check out the Elfin Diaries Shop, you can buy diaries, notebooks, calendars, t-shirts and home grown incense, it’s quite eclectic, but they run out quick, so don’t leave it too late either! The really nice thing is that they are all designed and managed by one lady, Caroline Heaney who named the diary after her beloved pet dog Elfin! It’s nice to support a small business like Caroline’s that has got a great following worldwide now and yet Caroline is still as personable and friendly as she was when she sold her first diary back in 1990!
Anyway – back to the doodles!
This next doodle is a bit more involved and I can clearly remember creating it during a very long workshop way back in 2004! I remember thinking I wonder if I could fill the whole page during the meeting. I don’t think I quite did it, but when I got home I felt compelled to complete it and this was the result. The actual size is A6, similar size to a holiday postcard.
I promise I’ll take some nice pics of these doodles with my SLR at some point and upload them to my flickr photo stream, but in the meantime I think you get the idea.
And finally here’s a poem that I obviously forgot to finish and add to my poetry folder! Funny really, because it’s quite a nice one, even if I do say so myself, though I have tweaked it quite a bit from it’s original format in the notebook, hence the two birthdays for it!
HE GAVE HER ONLY WORDS
He gave her only words
He gave her no kisses
Nor granted her wishes
Just old fashioned solace
Without fancy polish
So honest and tender
That made her heart render
He gave her only words
And the writer fell in love
Original Draft 02 July 2007 7.39 am
Revised Edition 06 October 2010 10.27 pm
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