Chronicling my dysfunctions

My sister knows me well. (And yet she loves me — imagine that!) I just received a package from her that contained a gift-wrapped book. Y’all know how much I love books, right? I eagerly tore off the wrapping paper. (Okay, who am I kidding? I carefully slid my finger beneath the tape so as not to damage the paper, gently slid the book out, and folded the giftwrap… if you find that odd, then clearly you don’t know me as well as my sister does.)

Beneath the wrappings, I found a journal. In fact, I found THE BEST JOURNAL EVER. It’s titled “My Dysfunctions”, but the subtitle is what truly captures the extent of the book’s awesomeness:

A journal for chronicling my immeasurably fascinating dysfunctions, neuroses, emotions, inner children, moments of shame and doubt, projection, self-loathing, misanthropy, and completely normal insanity, because the only difference between me and the rest of the population is that I acknowledge how crazy I am and they’re all in mind-numbing denial.

I seriously love this journal. I just tried calling my sister to thank her, but she’s not home. She’s off denying her insanity, posing as a mature college professor. (Don’t forget, sis — I know you as well as you know me. Ha!) I’ll look forward to exchanging neurotic stories with her when she gets home from work. For now, I’ll share my book with you, because I thought you might enjoy it, too (not to imply you’re dysfunctional or anything… heh):

A thought for all you writers out there: the kind of honesty this journal calls for — the no-pretense, no-masks, no-denial kind of honesty — is the stuff that makes for great writing. We ought to get in touch with this stuff in ourselves, and let it seep onto the page. It’s the stuff that connects with readers, if we dare to write it. (Go ahead… I dare ya!)

5 thoughts on “Chronicling my dysfunctions

  1. Carol

    Love that journal’s title!! Who should know you better than another sibling in this sometimes-a-little-peculiar family??? (I’m refusing to call us dysfunctional!)

    Your challenge hits home: “…if we dare to write it.” although for me, it’s more if I can reach deep enough to lever things up into the light, to identify and then find the words to express what I discover. But it’s true… that’s what makes great writing.

    Happy journalling!:)


    1. Shari Green Post author

      We’re the GOOD kind of peculiar, Mom. Surprisingly functional, too!😉

      Exploring the depths of our psyche is hardly an easy task, lol. But yeah, I think it’s a challenge worth tackling.


  2. Diana Stevan

    I love this post. I’m all for putting the human condition on the page, warts and all. I just read another by another author who said, now they’ll know I’m nuts. Aren’t we all a little nuts and isn’t that what makes us human?


  3. Wise Monkey

    I saw this journal in some souvenir shop nearby and I loved it too:-) It was a bit expensive for my standards of how much I am willing to pay for this kind of stuff because I am not someone who is in the mind-numbing denial about my craziness:-) I always acknowledged the extend of my insanity and am fully content with it by now, so I am not someone who needs motivation to be honest with myself:-) But the title is awesome:-) There is another journal of the same type, equally awesome that titles something like “Chronicling of what’s wrong with the world and why people are like that ..and how it’s all obvious to me but not to them..” don’t remember the exact wording, but it’s really cool. Published by the same company, I am sure.


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