Today’s Daily Post writing tip is to keep a notebook by one’s bed. It’s a great idea that many of you may already use. It got me to thinking about one of my notebooks.
I love notebooks (ahem, “cahiers”), and I have kept them all around, including a small one tucked behind the sun visor of my car because I commute three hours a day. I often forget to go back and look at my ideas and then when I do, I often have no idea what I was thinking. Thankfully, and I think you’ll agree, most of my ideas never make it into actual posts.
One day while sitting in traffic for an extended period with nothing in sight that particularly fascinated and/or amused me, I flipped back through the car notebook and it occurred to me that if my car were ever searched for any reason, I might have some ‘splainin’ to do. Or heaven forbid I should end up in a traffic accident where emergency personnel should come across my ramblings. Clean underwear
would be the least of my worries.
In that particular entry I had jotted down “naked girls in fish tanks,” which is a quote from the movie Local Hero. I couldn’t recall what brilliant writing idea had inspired me to jot down that quote, seeing as how there aren’t a lot of mermaids wandering the streets of DC. I wouldn’t be opposed to such a thing, nor would I be too surprised to see it, but it hasn’t happened yet. As my mind tried to recall why I’d jotted down that idea, it occurred to me that the ramblings in my notebook were, in a word, suspicious. Imagine an officer of the law coming across scribbled notes that have led (or have almost led) to blog posts:
- Naked girls in fish tanks
- Whose baby? (From the same movie)
- Charmin in the woods
- Time to break up with my desk
- Vegetable harassment
- What’s the deal with zombies?
- Xena, Worrier Princess
- Miracle Rose and the Dead Halloween Poinsettia
- The Victoria’s Secret Red Dot Caper
Would the authorities and/or first responders find head-scratching evidence in your notebooks?