Opinions Wanted on Notebook Idea

“I would like some feedback from my fellow bloggers/writers/indie-authors out there. . .”

So, I’ve been toying with this silly lil’ idea for a couple of years now. . . one of those ideas that strikes you in its initial founding and then disappears for a while, only to pop up numerous intermittent times throughout the course of a daily life.  One of those ideas that you entertain for a minute when it’s on your mind, but then file away again for some other rainy day.

I would like some feedback from my fellow bloggers/writers/indie-authors out there, as to whether or not you think the circle would actually ever be completed (you’ll know what this means by the time you’re done reading this post), or if it would be a complete waste of a dollar or three.

So, here’s the idea. . . .

I go to the corner drugstore, or Office Depot or a grocery store or whatever, and I buy a simple composition book.  A dollar, maybe two, sometimes as much as three. . . no big deal.  And it doesn’t necessarily have to be a composition book. . . it could be any form of generally cheap notebook.

On the first page of this notebook I would write something along the lines of:  “ATTENTION:  If you happen to find this notebook lying around, don’t turn it in to the lost and found, wherever you may happen to be.  Instead, flip to the next blank page and write something. . . anything.  Write about how your day is going.  Write a poem.  Write a paragraph or two of a story.  Write a few of your dreams (life-goals and actual sleeping dreams alike).  Write a few of your fears.  Write the last purchase you made which made you truly happy.  Write the name of a book you think the world should read, and tell us why.  Say hello to someone.  Tell someone how you really feel about them, without fear that they might find this (because chances are, they won’t).  What would you say to a deceased relative if you had the chance to go back in time and do so?  Write anything.  And when you’re done, take this notebook with you and leave it lying around somewhere so that someone else can find it.  And if you happen to be the one who fills up the last page, mail this notebook to (and I would write my address here).”

And once I’ve written this first-page introduction, I would take the notebook to a Starbucks or McDonald’s or doctor’s office or whatnot. . . wherever I happen to find myself next, and I would just leave it there, laying around on a table or counter or some-such.

What do you think?  Would it ever find its way back to me?  Would a few people write in it, and then someone eventually throws it away or leaves it on a park bench to melt in the pouring rain?  Imagine all the potential writings one might find within it, over a period of time!  There’s no telling what might end up in those pages.  Oh man. . . I would love for this to actually work.  I think I would cherish that notebook, if it did find its way back to me.  I would cherish it and probably immediately start another.

But, at the very least. . . even if the goal of it were to fail, I would be out three bucks at the most.

Please feel free to comment on whether or not you think this would work, or even just your opinion of it or your thoughts on it.  Heck, feel free to try this yourself!  Maybe it could start a whole new trend. . . “intentionally-lost notebooks.”  To me, it would be a far better trend than, say, fidget spinners.

Author: Benjamin Brunson

Benjamin Brunson (born 1975) started writing at the age of 7, when his father encouraged his pounding out of stories about a certain movie archaeologist on a family typewriter. He grew up in an era when action movies were iconic, and comic books were a mere 75 cents and available at every grocery store and corner gas station. His imagination was further fueled by a mother who introduced him to books and reading at an early age, eventually gifting him with copies of Treasure Island and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. That same mother would also bestow upon him a deep love and respect for the ocean and a good storm. Brunson would go on to participate in a creative writing magnet school program in his high school years in Montgomery, Alabama, where he became co-editor of the program’s literary magazine under the tutelage of Jerry Lawrence. At Auburn University, he majored in English and Literature, and quickly landed a spot as the film critic for the campus newspaper. The professors he would encounter in his collegiate career, namely Dr. Oliver Billingslea and Dr. Suzie Paul, would inspire him and help shape and steer his lifelong dream of creating fiction. In 2003, a major television network would cancel Brunson’s favorite sci-fi show about a group of ragtag misfits who, aboard a cargo spacecraft, took on various odd jobs in order to cull out a living and keep on flying. Feeling as if a deep void had been created in his life from the loss of the show, Brunson channeled his love for the ocean and began scribbling the notes for a handful of newly created characters and locations. These notes would, fourteen years later, form the basis for his monthly oceanic adventure saga, Blue Daunia.

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