Marginalia: Journal Prompts (March)

If you have been following along with this monthly series, you may have journaled to the lists of prompts in January and February. If not, no worries. Each month is a discrete list so you can join in at any time. Here is a list of prompts for March: all related to the place of technology in our lives. Also, a couple of lovely essays from Barbara Ehrenreich (on journaling) and Zadie Smith (on technology — specifically, social media.) If you would like to discuss any of these technology-related questions, feel free to share in the comments below or use the Contact link to send a private message.

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Top Five Short Story Reads for February 2018

For those who may not know, Dame Edna O'Brien is an Irish novelist, memoirist, playwright, poet, and short story writer. This past week, she was given the PEN/Nabokov Lifetime Achievement Award "for breaking down social and sexual barriers for women in Ireland and beyond." I have always loved her short stories the most and have featured them in this series in the past. This month, let's celebrate and honor her with a roundup of some of these short stories (free to read online.) The themes she often returned to in these stories were of the challenges faced by Irish rural communities, mother-daughter conflicts, girls coming of age (with their "conscious innocence,” as John Mullan calls it), the other woman, and so on.


Marginalia: Journal Prompts (February)

So how did you get on with the January journal prompts? They were a sort of warmup, particularly for those who are not quite into journaling yet but want to find their way to a regular practice. I've written earlier about some of the reasons people like to maintain a journaling practice. I want to add two more specific reasons of my own. [. . .] Let's not do the obvious thing with making all the prompts related to romantic love this month. Instead, let's look at how we approach/manage relationships in general.