Something I always enjoy doing, is looking through my childhood writing, sketching, and world-building journals. I always find a reason ...

    Something I always enjoy doing, is looking through my childhood writing, sketching, and world-building journals. I always find a reason to smile when I flip through them, whether it be from the shaky handwriting or from the bizarre names on maps. And because I'm eager to see others' old journal entries as well as share my own, I've decided to create a tag!

    The tag is called, as you can clearly see in the title, 'Revisiting Old Journals Tag'! I hope you'll enjoy getting a sneak peek into the early writing life of both myself and others through this tag!

The Rules, for your convenience:
#1 -- Thank whoever tagged you, then link to him/her and the creator (Melissa Gravitis).
#2 -- Go through your old journals (writing or otherwise), and share something from them: from world-building, to sketches, to random quotes, to an entry, to short snippets of writing! And if you feel like it needs explaining, go for it!
#3 -- Tag at least 5 other bloggers.
#4 -- Feel free to use the header image!
#5 -- Have fun!

    Here are some entries from journals I used throughout my early writing life, up until recently. My style has definitely changed, and I've improved a LOT as a writer, but these excerpts either amused me, interested me, or gave me feelings. Let's get to it!

Orange Owl Journal -- Date Used Unknown (most likely 2009-2012):

RLOE -- A land filled with marshes, lakes, and swamps

Rloe was once a lovely kingdom with golden meadows as far as the eye could see. Unfortunately, it was also home to a wizard who loved water. This wizard, loved her home country so much she decided only one thing could make it better: if the whole land was filled with water. She shortly was banished for proposing this idea to the king.
That was a mistake.
Instead of filling it with beautiful rivers and lakes, she filled it with mosquito swamps and marshes.

Red Journal -- 2012 - early 2015

Ignore the castle and Cripple their will,
Explore the stars,
Win over the moon
Illustrate the pain, the Neverending pain.
Destroy the woods, yet Take the saplings
justify the Empty ice,
Nourish the soul.

Confused? Good, you should be. Notice something strange about this? No? Yes? Hopefully you said yes. But don't feel bad if you said no.

Anyway, I don't think it matters if I tell you. You'll probably read the story first.

Cracking the Code:
It's simple, really. Just put all the capitals together to make ICEWINDTEN.

(Side Note: I shall leave it there, out of respect to my younger's self secrecy, as you haven't read the story yet. ;) )

Bedside Journal (1) -- 2015

Random charrie quote: "Sometimes I think she married me not for children, but for a debate partner."

Bedside Journal (2) -- late 2015-2016

Fairy Door Poem
Ends with:

Now her coffin's
In the ground
And the faeries 
Don't come anymore.

(Oh look, my hand!)

Textile Journal -- 2015-2016

(Side note before you begin: 'soi' means narrow street in Thai. In this excerpt I describe standing on the roof of my old house in Thailand. :) )

She liked it on the roof. She liked the palette of sunset that dipped everything in shades of yellows and reds. She liked the afternoon sun that set fire to the raw bricks across the road, and the way the gust gathered under her toes. She could feel the quietness of her soi, but at the same time could feel the pulse of her neighbours, living so close with only a wall between them; lives so different next door.

The building site across the road with its sun drenched bricks, black tarps, and bamboo scaffolding was quiet for once. She liked how it was half-finished, but managed to offset the colours of the rest of the world she saw.

The rust-red iron work above. The knotted green rope that stretched from one end of the balcony to the other. The grey dust gathered underneath the building site's flimsy metal fence. The holes in the road that filled up with brown water after the rains. The peeling and dirty lead paint on the walls.

None of it was complete and perfect, and she liked it. The perfectionist liked imperfect things.

I tag...
And anyone else who wants to take part!

I hope you enjoyed getting a sneak peek into my childhood writing journals! 

Do you enjoy revisiting your old journals? Do you have trouble deciphering your childhood handwriting (I do!)? How has your use of journals changed from when you were younger?
Good luck with your writing, and have a great day! <3

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  1. I've not been a big journaling person (except for blogging) but I love reading old journals of other people.

    Awesome tag, Melissa!


    1. Thanks so much Catherine, I'm glad you enjoyed it! <3

  2. Oh I love things like these, you were a good writer even when you were younger!
    The code was cute, I used to do things like that.
    Thanks for the tag!

    1. Aw thank you, that's so sweet of you to say so!
      Naw, really? Codes are cute. xD
      You're very welcome!

  3. I particularly enjoyed your description of an afternoon scene in Thailand, Melissa! It has a lot of colours in the writing - like the description setting the scene at the start of Golden Revenge. ;) And imperfect things are definitely more interesting than perfect things.

    (Also, that's Sefika's name in the first photo. What was that pretty piece of brown paper for?)
    - Jem Jones

    1. Aw thanks Jem! I'm proud of it, even if now I would tweak the sentence structure and add in some more details. :) Tehee I must have certainly made an impression on you with that scene -- thanks for enjoying my writing! <3 Very true.

      (I was wondering if someone would notice. xD Well, it's part of the sequel and some character journaling I did last month for it, so I'm afraid it will have to be a secret for now... ;) )

  4. Ooh, this is so cool! Thanks for tagging me!! :D

    1. Thanks Gray, I'm glad you like it! You're very welcome; can't wait to see your journal entries! <3

  5. What a fantastic tag! I love journaling about both writing and real life, so I'm soooooo gonna do this! Eventually. xD

    All of the snippets you used are so interesting! I especially love the fairy poem. <3

    1. Thank you Lila, I'm glad you like it! :) Yay, I can't wait to see your entries when you get to it, haha!

      Thanks so much. <3

  6. Ooooo! I love this tag! I'll have to see what I can dig up for this. XD I have a huge binder of old story notes.

    1. Thanks Victoria! ^_^ Great, I can't wait to get a glimpse into your old story notes! :)

  7. Oh, this is such a neat tag you made! I was recently tagged, too... I have over thirty journals to share about ;D Now to write the post ;)

    1. oops, I left my address incorrectly... on k in korner ;)

    2. Thank you! (And sorry for my late reply, I wasn't notified of your comment for some reason!) Sounds like it will be a lengthy post then, haha. xD

  8. I liked reading your answers! I can't read my handwriting at all...

    (I see Sefika' name...)

    1. Aw thank you! Haha don't worry, mine used to be the same. xD So sorry for my late reply, by the way!

      (Great spotting! ;) )