Dear Journal….

Cocktail party conversation between me and a mental-health advocate.

Counselor: You should consider journaling.

Me: You know that’s not a real verb. Right?

Counselor (stiffly): You should consider writing a journal. A daily journal.

Me: Who would buy that?

Counselor (perplexed): Nobody would buy it. It’s for you. It’s a way to get in touch with your innermost thoughts.

Me: You suggest I write something that nobody’s going to buy? Because, before CRASHERS and BREAKING POINT got published, I did that. A lot. I wrote a ton of @#$&* that nobody bought. Honestly, this is better.

Counselor (as to a demented toddler): Journal-writing is for you. It’s not for others.

Me: It’s writing that nobody else will ever see?

Counselor: Yes!

Me: Do you want to see my filing cabinet of unpublished manuscripts? I gotta tell you: I am the mother-@#$%&* master of journaling.

Counselor (over my shoulder): Oh. I’m sorry. I need to go talk to … could you excuse me?

I vector toward the food table.

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on February 16, 2012, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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