In 1995 I began using the Internet and I joined a writer’s list then called Scribe Tribe. I met a woman there named Lisa Shumicky, a librarian by profession, but the only person I know whose life passion is journal and diary writing. She was topic dujour person, but Scribe Tribe morphed into a large list with a different agenda, and many of us went to smaller lists, who in turn morphed 'cause change is the only thing we can be sure of. Right?
Lisa had (and has) an incredible snail mail journal keeping and writing newsletter called Capacious Redux which is published monthly. These past few years I’ve grown impatient with sending letters and tend not to read what is sent to me very closely. I didn’t keep my subscription to Redux years ago because I wasn’t reading it.
But my psyche has changed and sometimes I need more than an e-mail or a weblog. This past year, on another listserv of writers, we were mourning the lost art of letter writing—and I realized it was true. So, we started a round robin of handwritten letters and postcards and it was so exciting to receive receive them. There’s something very different about seeing handwriting, stationery, and a photo or two versus e-mail and websites. Our relationships deepened because of this process.
Imagine my delight several months ago when I received, out of a clear blue sky, a complimentary copy of Capacious Redux from Lisa Shumicky whom I hadn’t heard from in several years—though I would hear about her from other writers. Redux is in black ink on white paper and is jam-packed with writing prompts, assignments, suggestions, book and writing reviews—and graphics. Redux has been coming ever since though I admittedly put them all in a folder meaning to read them "later." Lataer finally came yesterday. What a difference between her lovingly written, copied and mailed newsletter versus the websites and weblogs I love to read. There's power in both, but I felt like I was having a hot cup of tea in Lisa’s living room—and then I saw that she had actually written about ME in one issue when I had my marathon writing day. Though not online, Lisa judiciusly stays on top of writing on the Internet and frequently cites sites. Thanks, Lisa.
To get a sense of Lisa Shumicky, the passionate diarist who is changing the world with one issue of Capacious Redux at a time, read an interview with her at Story Circle. You can e-mail her directly at email@example.com if you would like to deepen your writing experience in a new—yet very old and traditional—way.