For today's A-Z Challenge post, I had trouble coming up with a J that I was really happy with, so I decided to go with the first few things that came to me and write about them.
JK Rowling - if you've read any of my previous posts, you'll know that I'm a huge Harry Potter fan. I didn't join in the craze at first - I couldn't imagine what all the fuss was about - but from the minute I picked up the first book, I was hooked. I've read all the books several times, except for the last book, which I just read recently because I couldn't bring myself to read it and have the series end. I'm also a huge fan of the movies, which to me are terrific interpretations of the books. And of course, all of us Harry Potter fans have the amazingly talented and prolific JK Rowling to thank for endless hours of entertainment. I would love to get inside her head and see what she sees, see what inspires her and where she gets ideas - I'd love to know if her creative process is anything like mine. I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason - I'm sure it was frustrating and discouraging for her when nobody would publish Harry Potter, but after waiting and trying for ages, she finally got published and look where she is now. Most people only dream about success like hers in their wildest dreams. I have a vivid imagination but even I can't imagine success like hers. She's definitely an inspiration, someone I think of whenever I'm discouraged; she's living proof that determination and hard work can get you just about anywhere.
Journals - Most of my life, I've tried to keep journals, with various degrees of success. The thing is, I don't do that much, I don't go many places, so I don't really have that much to write about on a daily basis. It would be the same thing most days - got up, worked out, wrote, cooked, wrote some more, watched a bit of TV, read, wrote a bit more. My Grama has kept journals for decades - she has bags and bags of them. Up until the last few years, it was just those little 5-year journals where you had a tiny spot to write each day, but when we couldn't find those anymore, we got her just a regular little notebook to write in. I love it when she shows me bits and pieces of entries, and she's always referring to them if she wants to remember something. It always makes me think that I should stick with journals so that someday my kids and grandkids can read them and maybe even though I don't find what I write in them very interesting, they will. Like if I end up having JK Rowling-type success, for example haha.
Junk - I have so much junk in my room/office, it's unbelievable. I don't know how I get anything done with all this clutter and visual distraction, but somehow I manage. I always think I'm going to sort and organize but I know it'll take at least a full day and that's a day away from writing. If I try to do it in bits and pieces, I get sidetracked so I know it has to be something I can just step away from the computer completely and do. I also need to do a really thorough spring cleaning of the entire apartment, which I've been putting off.
And finally, I couldn't do a J post in good conscience without at least acknowledging my favorite J person - Jamie, my brother. He's the best big brother in the entire world, an incredible person and friend, and I love him so much.
Today's J band is Jimmy Eat World - I'm not really all that familiar with their music, but I know a few of their songs and this one has been a favorite of mine for years. There's no actual music video for it, so this is just the song from YouTube.
Do you keep a journal? What kinds of things do you write about? Personal things, thoughts and feelings, everyday occurrences? Are you like me, where you live surrounded by a bunch of junk, or are you neat and organized? As always, all comments are welcome and appreciated and I'll be sure to visit you back! Have a great Tuesday!