The Polka-Dotted Notebook

Posted on 24 June 2014

I haven’t written much about this here, but last year, my two best writing buddies each moved to opposite sides of the country around the same time I started my MFA. This was a big change for all of us, both individually and for the critique/support writing group we’d developed over the years.

This week, I was looking at a journal (pictured above) and, for a few minutes, couldn’t remember who gave it to me or even if it was one I’d purchased myself. The three of us gave gave out matching journals multiple times, so we all have sets of notebooks that were gifts from each other. The fact that I couldn’t immediately remember who purchased this one nicely encapsulates our writing friendship and how intertwined our writing lives had become. (When I did remember who gave me this journal, by the way, I felt silly for temporarily forgetting — she bought it in Europe a few years ago.)

My copy of this particular polka-dotted journal has been long since filled with words, and now new notebooks await me. So in the spirit of filling the page, I’m going to take a summertime break from this blog. I’ll be back either in late July or sometime in August. Until then, I hope you write your heart out. I know I will.

4 responses to The Polka-Dotted Notebook

  • Averil Dean says:

    That’s a lovely story, Laura. I hope you have a wonderful summer and fill all your new notebooks with words.


  • Brannon McMahon says:

    Hi Laura,

    I have just started reading several of your articles from EHS Today and am in awe of your work. Obviously I am a bit behind but I would like to ask if any of your writing plans have you gravitating toward writing in the HSE discipline again? Enjoy your summer!

    • Hi Brandon,

      Thanks so much for the kind comments! I am not currently involved in much EHS writing these days, but I consider freelance work on a case-by-case basis depending on my schedule, etc. If you have more questions, please feel free to email me — otherwise, stay safe! (You can never take the safety-consciousness out of a safety editor.) And thanks again.

  • Jennifer says:

    Intertwined writing lives and friends are the best kind, Laura. Have a great blog break!

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