We have this idea that it would be fun to see journals and notebooks from around the world. If you keep a notebook, like Maya does in Maya’s Notebook, take a photo of the cover—or maybe of an entry, or even both—and post it to your Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram with the hashtag #mayasnotebook. We would love to see your photos and this is a way to share them with other Maya’s Notebook readers.
Here is a note from Isabel about journals in general, and your journal in particular (in case you need a little more prodding to post a picture):
You know what? In my most recent novel, which will be published in English in April, a journal is such an important character that it lends its name to the title: Maya’s Notebook.
Before we went crazy with email, texting, Facebook, Twitter and all of that, people wrote letters and kept journals to records events and preserve memories, to give themselves time to reflect, to unravel the confusion of everyday life, or just simply for the fun of it. The best journals are honest, raw, and passionate, and can include all sorts of little mementos: dry flowers, poems, pictures, drawings, you name it! Some are eternally moving, like Anne Frank’s; some are spectacular, like The Red Book by Carl Jung, the famous psychiatrist; some are embarrassing, like the one I had when I was nine. I still have it but I have never showed it to anyone, not even Willie.
Our journals are our confidants, our best friends. If you don’t have a notebook, like Maya Vidal does in my novel, start one right now. You can pour your soul into those pages, and write all your dreams, wishes, experiences, sorrows and joys. It may seem silly right now but you can’t even imagine how valuable it will be for you in the future, when you go back to it and realize who you were and what was happening in your life years before. That’s actually why I never look at my past journals: all I could ever write was fiction, which means I exaggerated and lied. What an unbearable arrogant brat I was! (But I have changed. Now I am an unbearable, arrogant crone)
Are you ready to share some aspect of your journal? We would love to see it posted. Please upload a photo of your journal—either the cover or an excerpt (if you’re feeling brave!), or both—to Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram with the hashtag #mayasnotebook. (Can you believe I even know what Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram are, much less a hashtag? I’m being dragged into the 21st century by Nico, Sarah and Lori whether I like it or not!)
I’m looking forward to seeing all your pictures.
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