One-Sentence Journal – Week 1

I decided to start doing what’s called a One-Sentence Journal. I’d heard about it before, then it popped up again in an awful book I read that I’m too horrified to even mention, and I figured what the hell. It also gives me an opportunity to use up the growing pile of Field Notes I’ve been accumulating.

So the idea is that at the end of each day I write one sentence. Could be anything; an observation, an anecdote, I don’t know. Every week I’ll post a week’s worth here. That’s the plan anyway. So here’s the first week. . . .

  1. 07/01/2013: I found myself in the company of James Lee Burke while waiting for a tire repair at Les Schwab.
  2. 07/02/2013: Crawling into bed with a very sore knee, surrounded by panting, freaked-out dogs on account of the goddamn neighbor shooting off fireworks, the fancy clock on my nightstand tells me it is 86.9° F in my bedroom.
  3. 07/03/2013: In nearly 10 years or so I can count on one hand the number of times Julia has nagged me, though tonight at Albertson’s she chided me into buying a new toothbrush, saying, “Yours looks like the one from that apocryphal story about the guy vacationing in Jamaica.”
  4. 07/04/2013: With the recovered AC blowing, Julia has taken to calling the bedroom “Groovy Island.”
  5. 07/05/2013: No matter how hot the weather, I’d rather spend several hours on the river fly fishing than floating on an inner tube.
  6. 07/06/2013: Even with modern transportation, there is enough of interest within a 50-75 mile radius of here to keep an outdoor-minded person in action for a lifetime.
  7. 07/07/2013: Reading some of the history of Butte, I’m surprised that whole town doesn’t just collapse into one big, deep, dark, toxic hole.

Anyone want to offer a One-Sentence Journal of your past week?


Author: Chris

Chris La Tray is a writer, a walker, and a photographer. He is an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians and lives in Missoula, MT.

8 thoughts on “One-Sentence Journal – Week 1”

  1. This is why you are a writer of interesting things and I am a writer of mostly not interesting legal things. I’m not much of a diarist, but bought a 5-year “line a day” journal. That bastard stumped me, most days. Found yours interesting and entertaining. Mine proved to me I need to start doing more. Hope you keep at it!

    1. Lauren, if you have an interest in it, I urge you to keep after it. For me it’s kind of a mindfulness thing. It makes me think about the day that has passed. I’ve tried more traditional journaling in the past but never kept up, because it became a chore because I tend to overwrite. But limiting it to one sentence is pretty simple. And I like the practice of making notes of things, and trying to pay attention as I go about my day. I feel that kind of mindfulness is a key part to improving my writing, and using the world to make what I write more real. At least that’s the plan.

      1. You hit the nail on the head and that’s exactly how I tried to approach it. But at the point in time I started it, I found my “life scope” was too narrow to provide mindful opportunities. So I put it aside until I could broaden my horizons, so to speak. Stlil working on that, but perhaps I’ll pick it up again. Thanks for sharing yours, I appreciate it and it made me think about what I’m doing and how I’m approaching things.

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