About Barbara W. Klaser
I’m a blogger, book lover, novelist, editor, lifelong journal keeper, knitter, servant to cats, and lots of other things. I blog at The Journal Project as well as a few other blogs.
About The Journal Project
The Journal Project is a new blog as of October 2022 that will focus on journaling in all forms, on paper or digitally, as well as visual journaling of various kinds. It will mostly be about keeping a long-form personal journal, but we’ll also cover bullet journals and planners, reading journals, and various other ways of recording one’s life. I’ll cover personal blogs as well, since they’re another sort of journal. Who knows what all we’ll get up to, together. If you have some area of journaling you’re interested in, feel free to contact me or comment in a blog post about what you’d like to see here.
People have kept commonplace books, diaries, and various other types of journals since writing began, so there’s a lot to cover. I’ve kept personal journals since I was a teen, and I’m now in my mid-60s, so that’s a lot of time working with them. I’ve read quite a bit about journaling as a practice, and now I want to do some exploring of this vast topic by way of The Journal Project blog.
My Other Blogs
Mystery of a Shrinking Violet
Mystery of a Shrinking Violet (MSV) focuses primarily on books I read, writing (mostly fiction writing), books about writing, and some writing niches I’m currently interested in. I’m an introvert with a tendency toward shyness, thus the name. MSV is an update and refresh of an older blog by the same name that I kept regularly between mid-2004 and and the end of 2009. The new version of MSV will gradually recover some older posts as well that I find relevant, once I’ve updated them or checked for obsolete or broken links. Those will be backdated or revised to post as new articles. I’ll decide that on a case by case basis. In the mean time I’ll focus on books I’m reading now, as well as on thoughts about writing as a craft and a lifestyle. But the primary focus will be on books.
Swatches Yarns and Frogs
Swatches Yarns and Frogs (SYF) is another new blog. I’ve been involved in needle crafts even longer than I’ve kept a journal or written fiction, and I find it one of the most relaxing things I do. I’ve been wanting to share more of my love of knitting and other crafts, and SYF will be my place to do so.
Spirit Blooms (SB) is a blog I started some years ago as a place to study the Tarot, to post some of my poetry, and to blog about various interests that didn’t seem to quite fit my author/writing blog. Some of what’s there will seem dated, and some of it is more personal than you’ll find on my more topic-focused blogs. It still holds a place in my heart, and if you wish to visit it, you are most welcome.
NOTE: For now, SB is undergoing some major reorganizing and reconstruction, so the posts will not always be available. I’m working on it as I have time.