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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580080936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580080934
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

When he can manage to hang up his walkin' shoes, hobo-artist DAN PRICE resides in Oregon with his wife and two children. As a child, Dan was inspired by the line drawings and cartoons he found in the New Yorker magazine. He began drawing and keeping journals in 1992.

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Soozie4Him
You'll love it for the joy the author shares with you about the process of creating the book.....and that of helping you creating your own journal.
Shruti
I suggest you get this book to help get you excited about journaling!
Bonnie Burton

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131 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Soozie4Him VINE VOICE on June 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book was SUCH a fun read! Dan Price's book on keeping a journal is quirky, inspiring, humorous, delightful, and educational! If you haven't kept a journal before, you will really want to start after reading this book! Actually, I doubt that you could read through the whole thing without beginning.
I've been journaling pretty steadily for the past 4-5 years or so. One thing I've really wanted to include is more doodling and (attempts at) drawing. I consider myself artistically-challenged, and this book really has encouraged me to give drawing in my journals a try.
Some other reviewers have stated that they've read this book in one sitting. I daresay that's POSSIBLE, but I wouldn't WANT to read it in one sitting. It's just so packed with stuff and so good that I wanted to savor it!
Scrapbookers would also benefit from reading this book!
Take a look at Amazon's great "Look inside" feature to look at this book, then order one for yourself and several for gifts - you won't be sorry!
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By christinemm from The Thinking Mother blog TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 4, 2006
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This is a small sized book that is entirely handwritten, and those two things make this book inviting. It reads like a journal. Hand drawings and photographs illustrate the author's method of illustrating his own journals. This is not just a book about how to journal but we read actual journal pages from the author.

This book speaks to a person who always felt they should write a journal but were afraid to start.

Price gives encouragement along the way such as using the journal for positive thoughts not just for complaining. Journalists don't have to be professional novelists before they can begin writing about their own life for their own eyes!

The addition of ephemera from the journalists daily lives is encouraged (ticket stubs, random paper clutter from our lives, etc.).

The end of the book features twenty pages of Price's journals which were formerly published in 1991 to 1991, as a small independent zine called 'Moonlight Chronicles'. Later a book by the same title was published (I have not yet read it but want to!)

Previously I thought the only journaling that was done in our modern day was in fancy blank journal books and I assumed they were filled only with text in beautiful script. I have felt inhibited by this in the past, worrying if my handwriting was not perfect, what if I made a spelling error, etc. Other journals with writing prompts with someone else's ideas of what we should be writing further discouraged me from beginning a journal as they often asked me to write about things I could care less about!

I found this little book just the encouragement I needed to start writing a journal with whatever I wanted to say in it. It is alright for the journal to be imperfect.

Price journals in black pen.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Burton on December 21, 2001
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If you've ever thought of starting a journal but didn't know where to begin you have Dan Price to show you the way. His handwritten book on how to write, document, illustrate and doodle a journal is priceless. He makes it look easy and super fun! I suggest you get this book to help get you excited about journaling!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Danny Gregory on September 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
d.price's magazine, Moonlight Chronicles, was my introduction to the art of the illustrated journal. He taught me to appreciate the mundane and the small, the simple pleasures that fill every hour of my day. I learned how to stop and just be.
Finally, he has written the book that we have all been hankering for, a step-by-step guide, coach and inspiration to creating a rich record of our every day lives.
If you've always wished you had kept a diary, regret no more.
As the world spins madly by, this pocket sized book shows you how to seize the moment, look it in the face and make it yours for all time. Whether or not you think of yourself as an artist, writer or photographer, he will show you how much more you can do than you ever dreamed. Whether or not you think the life you live is worth capturing, he will show you how fortunate and fascinating you are.
See the world anew. You won't regret it.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Giselle on September 19, 2005
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I have been photo journaling for many years now, but have never been very through in writing down all the theings I would have liked to. This book was a real inspiration and encouraged the reader to use the methods, but adapt them to their individual style. He says on one page that he never knew that there were "so many ways to keep a journal". It's a great book and will inspire anyone to begin a journal! The only complaint is that I wish the book had been a little larger in size - I was'nt expecting a small, gift-size- book upon ordering:)

But otherwise fantastic!!!!!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By BarbaraB on December 24, 1999
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This book is a treat, mind candy. The author invites you into his cozy, interesting world while coaching you to begin a journal. It's full of tips, hints and advice on creating a meaningful collection of your thoughts on life's daily adventures.
It's a *one sit* read - you won't put it down until you are done. I read mine at the bookstore and couldn't help but purchase a journal for myself and friend. This book DEMANDS gift status! Loved it. I'd give it 6 stars if you'd let me.
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