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Thursday, June 30, 2016

The "Orange Booklet" Story

It was an ordinary day.  Looking through my little orange writing booklet that has gone with me on story after story over the past year.  My wife bought me the booklet, that measures about 5" by 8", last year while we were visiting Cape May, NJ during our annual family trip to nearby Ocean City, NJ.  At the south corner of Washington Mall in Cape May stands this really neat little store.  Kind of nondescript, but they have a variety of unusual items for purchase.  One of these items, this little orange writing booklet with the statement "Remember, ideas become things", caught my eye and wouldn't you know it, my wife gave it to me as a gift after we returned home from vacation.  No special reason, just gave it to me because she is so nice!  The booklet is filled with ruled pages, good for taking notes and writing stories.  Between every so many pages is a page filled with special tidbits of knowledge.  One page tells about plagiarism and how "Nothing is original."  
And … "Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination."  "Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul."  And, a quote from Jean-Luc Godard which says, "It's not where you take things from - it's where you take them to." And, another page reads, "What is now proved was once only imagined." This was written by William Blake.  After I reach the next orange page in the book that bears a note, I remove it to allow me to once again write on the ruled pages.  The next page that I will reach soon says,  "Things are only impossible until they are not."  I take the booklet when I visit people or locations which I will feature on my blog.  Fill the pages with notes that when I return home, I tear from the booklet to organize my thoughts before I write.  I also have begun a section in the back of the booklet where I decided I would write ideas for my first novel.  Only have one so far.  The note reads …. The silence is deafening.  Then another bullet explodes, sending shock waves through the air.  That's as far as I have gotten on my first novel.  We will travel once again, soon, to Ocean City for another yearly family vacation and during that time will take a day trip to Cape May for a relaxing day of shopping and eating at my favorite, The Lobster House.  Naturally will stop in the same store and point out to my wife the next booklet that interests me.  We'll see what happens next!  It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.

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