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Morning Story / April 9-15, 2023
A compilation of morning stories, originally posted on Instagram
The final step in a morning habit stack I’ve been cultivating, practicing, and enjoying involves posting a “story” at Instagram. The step was initially just a photo, but it has morphed into a bit of extra writing, reflection, and philosophy that rounds out the span of morning.
I recently decided to start posting weekly compilations of these “Morning Stories” here, to bring them out of the Instagram story (or highlight) into a standalone space. They are simple in nature…. a photo of my journal, pen for the morning, and coffee…. and some on-the-spot composition. (The image is created in the moment and can’t be edited later, which adds a layer of both transience and permanence to the process.) I’ve been writing and sharing these since February at Instagram. To view previous batches on the substack, see March 19-April 1 and April 2-8.
Morning Stories from this past week:
These Have Legs
I write these in the moment for my daily story, but I don’t consider them necessarily finished pieces. At the same time, I don’t feel that I necessarily have to continue working on them. They are a journal log of their own but also poems in the moment and poems in the making. One of the Morning Stories from this week immediately captured my attention, and I continued to work on it outside of the story frame as a longer poem. (I don’t know that I’m brave enough to post a poem that looks like a poem here. Posting these images is a leap of its own.)
I am really enjoying the morning vignette.
Answers to a few questions:
Yes, I randomly choose a different fountain pen each morning from what I have inked. My collection isn’t super fancy, but I use and love my pens! Favorite pens for drawing are not necessarily favorites for writing.
Some of my favorite and most-used pens are always filled with carbon black, and that isn’t an ink I’m using for my morning pages, so those pens don’t make an appearance in my Morning Stories.
The inks are random. In the past, I inked pens based on what I wanted to use in my illustrated journal each week. Now that I’m doing more longform writing, I’m looking at my inks differently. A few have resulted in quite a bit of ghosting, but for the most part, everything has been okay. There are a few pens and/or pen-and-ink combos that I probably won’t continue to use for this purpose, but overall, it is always smile-worthy to grab a new pen as part of my morning routine.
Best add-on tool to this setup, hands down, is a sheet of blotter paper. It does exactly what it’s supposed to do, blots wet ink so I can turn the page without risk of smearing and without needing to wait for ink to dry. It’s fantastic!
Yes, the composition book cover is homemade. I made this one several years ago.
(Full Instagram highlight)
Thank you for reading.
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