Author Devon Ellington Launches 13 Traveling Journals

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Thirteen journals to travel the world for an interactive project of creativity.

Devon Ellington, author of fiction including three serials for http://www.keepitcoming.net, a regular non-fiction contributor to http://www.FemmeFan.com, who has pens in more pies than one can track, has launched a new, international creative collaboration, The Thirteen Traveling Journals Project.

Writing a journal or diary is a centuries-old obsession. From the famous, such as Samuel Pepys, Virginia Woolf, May Sarton and Anais Nin, to the beautifully handwritten books tucked in trunks in the family attics or simple five-and-dime spiral notebooks, expressing one’s experience via the written word is a deep need for many individuals. The outburst of worldwide blogging is the 21st century version of this desire.

The project, inspired by the 1000 Journals project (http://www.1000journals.com), consists of 13 blank journals which will go out over the course of the next several months. Interested participants sign up through the site, http://13TravelingJournalsproject.blogspot.com, sign a letter of agreement, and request an available journal. Journals are kept for as little as a day or as long as a month. Diarists are encouraged to write entries, add photos, drawings, poems, ephemera, and excerpts from stories, novels, etc. Pieces of entries will be posted on the site, along with featured interviews of participants and links to their other work. When the diarist’s time is up, that person sends the journal on to the next person on the list. Eventually, Ellington hopes all the journals will find their way back to her.

“I started keeping a diary at age 10 – and that was awhile ago!” laughs Ellington. “I’ve always kept a journal. I teach journal writing workshops all over the world. My blog on the writing process (Ink in My Coffee) is an outgrowth of the journal – and, I’m sad to say, my handwritten journal has suffered from the attention to the blog! I wanted to get back to the sense of moving the pen along the paper, and I thought doing so in a collaborative way would be inspiring – for all of us.”

Each journal has a name and a number. The first three (Thought Waves, Fronds of Thought, and Tranquility Taverna) are set to start their journeys early in July – one to British Columbia, one to Edinburgh and one to Albuquerque. A fourth journal will travel with its “Starter Diarist” in the UK this August before continuing on to its next destination. Diarists are encouraged to communicate with each other via both the journals and the site.

“We can share ourselves and our sense of wonder of the world, what inspires us, what creates obstacles, and how we move past those obstacles in order to create. It’s not just about creating art, but living a creative life,” says Ellington. “Who knows? Maybe some of the collaborators will so inspire each other that they continue to work together past the project. The possibilities are as limitless as the imagination!”

For more information, visit The Thirteen Traveling Journals Project at http://13TravelingJournalsproject.com; Ink in My Coffee at http://inkinmycoffee.blogspot.com; and http://www.devonellingtonwork.com.

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