Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Putting Pen To Paper

A Guide To My Hometown!
It all began with a Moleskine.  I’ve always loved to write because there is something about a crisp piece of paper & sharpened pencils that sparks my creativity.  When I bought my Moleskine, it came with a brief history.  The original creators were a family from Tours, France (figures the French would be behind yet more elegance) who shut down their operation in 1986.  British author Bruce Chatwin, who used them exclusively when writing, bought as many as possible and mourned the loss of the company.

Well lo and behold!  In 1998, The Italians showed up in the form of a Milanese publisher, who resurrected the notebooks under the name Moleskine .  The rest as they say is history.  I process a tremendous amount of information and I’ve found that these notebooks help keep my mind organized.  I jot down random notes, as well as thoughts and impressions that I can use as subjects for my writing.

I love technology and the many benefits it brings (I’m composing this post on my laptop using Windows Live Writer).  However, there is nothing like doodling and scribbling streams of consciousness in a notebook.  There is something very organic about the process that doesn’t work with a computer.  I work my thoughts out on paper and then transfer them to Live Writer.

…and I’m out

It's been so damn long since I've written on this site.  Where do I even begin? The past year has been a series of incredible highs and lows. I faced a lay-off, took time off, ran out of money and now have to ask my landlord for an extension on the rent. There is never and I-repeat-never dull moment in my life.  I've been on a roller coaster of emotions from uncanny calm to complete paralyzing fear. You know what? I will make it through. I have no doubt about it.  

I can't predict what the future will bring & won't worry about it.  I'm giving my time to the here and now. Life has shown me that it can change in the blink of an eye for good or for bad.  I am just going to look my fear in the eye when needed and move from there.   I'm giving myself (2) more years in my current location and then heading back to NYC.  I miss it so much and didn't really feel it until I spoke w/my aunt and sister over the holiday weekend.

I have learned so much about myself and have no regrets about moving to CA.  None.  It's been over 10 years and I feel the call of my family and the city of my birth.  There are certain financial/professional goals I will achieve here in Cali before my time is done.  My re-birth began when my former company severed ties and I am excited about the possibilities.