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The GALILEO needs you!

Welcome to the USS Galileo, a Star Trek roleplay set in the year 2389. This is an all original character cast crewing the Nova-class science vessel Galileo, on her missions throughout the galax. We are looking for writers to help take up the mantle at any one of our open posts. We have dozens of open positions available for the picking, so make sure to check us out! This roleplay is for anyone who is interested in the Trek continuity, who enjoys writing and active participation in a roleplay. This roleplay uses the very intuitive Nova software to make writing between multiple people simple and fun. If you love Star Trek, roleplaying and writing, the Galileo is for you.

These are the voyages of the starship Galileo. Her mission, to explore strange, new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations.
To study spacial rifts, wormholes, and time fluxes. To develop and test the latest cutting-edge technologies.
To observe and catalog new life forms...even though they might be slimy and look kind of disgusting....
To boldly go where no research vessel has gone before!

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"Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so."
~ Galileo Galilei
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That the sun always rises in the east is a basic fact about our world. That's the reality; however, as John Lennon once said, "Reality leaves a lot to the imagination." You know exactly what I mean, but let's explore the idea a bit more.

If you asked 10 people to watch the same sunrise and then asked them to describe the sun rising above the horizon, I guarantee that each person would provide a different account of the same physical event. Some people would emphasize the growing light, some the changing colors on the horizon, and still others the increasing warmth as the sun rose higher in the sky. They all saw the same sunrise, yet each perceived it differently.

From this example, we can see that we each bring to any event or experience our own set of ideas about its importance, our impressions of it, and our own particular way of describing it. Likewise, only you can write about the emotions you experience as your children celebrate each birthday or the feeling you get when someone special embraces you. Make no mistake, your story and mine, though both set in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, will emerge as very different accounts of the times in which we live because each of us see things in very different ways.

Everyone Has a Story to Tell
Since each of us perceives life uniquely, we can each offer a distinct view of our life experiences, our hopes, our dreams, and our secrets. If you think about yourself in these terms, you take on a whole new importance, not only in your mind but also in the pages of your journal and subsequently - if you choose to share your journal with others - to future generations. Your experiences and your perceptions have value.

There are people all over the world who share their stories, regaling tales of their childhood, their families or careers, or their participation in some historic event. Everyone has a story to tell or a certain perspective of the world that is important and unique. Why not keep a record of these stories, ideas, and thoughts?

No matter your age or place in the world, you have a story worth telling, a story that day by day grows in detail and complexity. Whether you're 6 or 60, recording the events of your life will be an invaluable treasure for you to review in years to come. You'll be able to review how you and your life have changed, what mistakes you made, and what successes you enjoyed.

"However, no two people see the external world in exactly the same way. To every separate person a thing is what he thinks it is - in other words, not a thing, but a think." -Penelope Fitzgerald, The Gate of Angels

For the Children
It is never too early to present the idea of keeping a diary to a child. Along with a vivid imagination, children possess a great deal of curiosity about everyone and everything they encounter. This is nature's way of ensuring the learning process. Take advantage of that desire to explore, to discover, to know. Let children see you write in your journal each day. Allow them to share your enjoyment as you make your daily entries.

Children, even babies, often are smarter than we give them credit for and can immediately read someone's mood. When they see the joy you take from writing, the idea will intrigue them, and they'll ask you about it. Seize the moment and tell them exactly what you're doing. Give them a simple explanation: "This is my journal, and it's like my best friend. I can tell it all my secrets. It makes me feel good to do that."

Children love the idea of secrets, and you can even ask your little knowledge seekers if they have any secrets of their own. Most likely, they'll say they do. Ask if they'll share their mystery with you. When they do, you have hit upon a golden moment.

Children love to explore and ask questions. When they learn something new, it gives them a feeling of accomplishment, and they want to put their new knowledge to use immediately. Take advantage of this curiosity and enthusiasm, not only for journal writing but also in all aspects of life. Teach. They will happily learn.
sakurablossom: girl laying in bed while reading a book, comfy (reading)
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"Each human life has the potentiality of becoming an art work." -Ira Progoff

A High Art
Journaling continued to grow in popularity right up to the Victorians in the nineteenth century, who raised the concept to a high art. Every well-born young lady and gentleman was expected to keep a journal as a vehicle for self-examination.

Within the pages of expensive, leather-bound volumes, young women and men of gentle breeding wrote their deepest secrets. In an age that valued self-control and a tight reign on emotions, those who kept a journal found a safe haven for self-expression.

Dear Diary
By the 1950s, nearly every teenage girl in America kept a diary. You know the kind I'm talking about. In fact, you probably had one. I sure did - one of those little books with a lock that could be used to keep nosy siblings from peeking.

If you went back now to review the entries, you'd probably laugh out loud at the things you wrote. Even though that new boy at school didn't talk to you, the sun still came up the next morning, and the earth still turned on its axis. But then, most teenage girls grew up and forgot about their diaries.

The Father of Modern Journaling
During the same time that teenage girls were pouring their hearts and souls into their diaries, Dr. Ira Progoff, a renowned psychotherapist, asked some of his patients to do the same thing as an experiment. He encouraged them to keep journals as a way to achieve personal growth and to work through some of their problems. He called these journals "psychological workbooks," and he wanted his patients to record anything that came to mind, describe their emotional state, and report whether they felt something was missing in their lives. The important thing, Dr. Progoff felt, was to put their thoughts down on paper.

Shunning the traditional model of diagnosis and analysis, he instead focused on the spiritual and creative potential within the individual. He believed in journals as a very powerful tool and established the intensive journal method that he taught to nearly 200,000 people before he died in 1998 at age 76.

Progoff left behind the rich legacy of his journaling method in his books, most notably Writing to Access the Power of the Unconscious and Evoke Creative Ability, which was published in 1992.

The Progoff Intensive Journal Program
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Pillow Talk
By the tenth century, the idea of journals and diaries had spread through the world like wildfire, even to the far reaches of Japan. The ladies of the Japanese court kept "pillow books," little notebooks they hid from the world under their pillows. In these diaries, they wrote about court gossip, of course, but they also recorded their innermost secrets, their hopes and dreams.

We don't know for certain why pillow books were so popular, but we can guess that, living in such a male-dominated environment, these journals gave the ladies of the court a means of self-expression. The diary would not judge them and would not spread gossip. They could write anything they wished within the pages of their book without fear of recrimination from anyone. In the pillow books that still exist, we have an excellent source of information about the Japanese royal court and court life.

Perhaps the most famous pillow book, Makura no Soshi/The Pillow Book of Sei Shonogon, was written around the beginning of the tenth century. Full of mischievous reflections and anecdotes about court life, it is considered one of the masterpieces of Japanese literature.

Royal Chroniclers
While the ladies of the Japanese court were reporting gossip, writing poetry, and delving into their souls, European royalty fell in love with the idea of recording the minutiae of their reign. They felt the world should know everything possible about them. They were, after all, leaving their mark on the world through their conquests and political intrigues. A chronicle would ensure that people would remember them and their exploits for a very long time. To achieve their immortality, they hired scribes who recorded everything: births, deaths, coronations, marriages, journeys, and edicts.

The Middle Class Rises
During the Middle Ages, a new economic class rose from the ashes of feudalism. Merchants, craftsmen, physicians, and scholars developed into this new thing called a middle class. Wealthier and better educated than generations before, more among them learned the art of writing, and they put this marvelous new skill to use as each profession and trade developed a new type of journal.

Like their counterparts in Japan, women of the Western world began keeping journals, such as the one penned by Margery Kemp (1373-1440), a lady of the middle class. An earthy tome, the author set down on paper a complaint about local churchmen for their treatment of her. I wonder of Geoffrey Chaucer knew Margery. She would have been the perfect model for the Wife of Bath in his Canterbury Tales.

Samuel Pepys, an English diarist known for his diary, The Diary of Samuel Pepys, gave us an intimate look into England's upper-class life during the 1660s.

French philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) is known as the inventor of an adding machine as well as the developer of the modern theory of probability. He made extensive use of his journals to think through his concepts and work his theories, and design his mechanisms. Check out his book Mind on Fire: A Faith for the Skeptical and Indifferent, for insight into Pascal's mind.
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An Idea Catches On

Once people had the tools - paper and ink - and the knowledge, they began recording all kinds of things. Of course, rulers liked the idea of a daily chronicle of their reign, but it didn't stop there. Doctors recorded information about their cases, particularly their "cures" and frustrations, as a way to pass on hard-earned knowledge to physicians who came after them.

Carpenters and architects kept scrolls of drawings in which they recorded new designs and the progress of long-running projects. A large structure might take 100 years to complete. It simply would not do for the architect to die without leaving a record behind to guide the next person on the job. Each generation of architects studied the drawings of those who went before, continued plans, modified them, improved upon them. Great new strides in the art and science of building great structures such as cathedrals were possible because of this marvelous means of passing on information. Without it, Notre Dame in Paris might not have the magnificent flying buttresses for which it is so renowned.

Merchants also kept daily records of transaction. They tracked expenses, income, and inventory to run their business more efficiently and profitably. Without such a system, we might never have the system of bookkeeping presently in place, or the banking system, or the stock market of today. The list goes on with each profession utilizing some type of journal for a different purpose, and each one took the idea to heart because it provided so many benefits. And then a new use for the journal came on the scene and, with it, a new articulation of what it meant to be human.

Start observing people, places, and things around you more carefully. Then, for fun, try to predict the behavior of people you know or the outcome of events you witness.

From the Soul

St. Augustine of Hippo, born in A.D. 396, left us one of the best-known journals in the world. As a young man, he led a carefree life of easy money, easy women, lots of wine, and even more gambling. Then God touched his soul, and he changed his life dramatically.

Leaving his old life behind, he became a priest of the Catholic Church and rose to become bishop of Hippo, present-day Algeria. But the changes did not come easily. He struggled almost daily with temptation and strove for holiness. During that struggle, he learned much about himself and related the story of his spiritual awakening and development in his autobiographical journal called Confessions.

In Confessions, St. Augustine analyzed himself much as any modern-day psychiatrist would. Those who read his work have found the study of self fascinating, and it has become the basis for the reflective journal that so many of us find useful in our own lives.
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Caves, Clans, and Campfires

As a student of history, I find our ancestors a constant source of amazement. Granted, they didn't have the advantages of our advanced technology. Their study of the world around them was shrouded in superstition and lacked the sophistication of scientific method. Nevertheless, they were keen observers.

They studied birds as they flew and predators as they stalked their prey. They watched the great heroes of the clan and made mental notes of their exploits, hunting skills, and bravery against adversaries. From such observations came oral histories. Storytellers developed the characters into larger-than-life beings and embellished the stories. Mythologies developed and members of the clan, young and old alike, gathered around the campfire at night. They listened with rapt attention as their storytellers wove tales of heroism.

In time, our ancestors developed a way to record these stories to share with others. Whether carved in stone or on pieces of bark, little symbols soon took on meaning and with this meaning came a new authority. Writing something down gave it importance and worth.

With the advent of the written word, a whole new world opened to those who could master the skill. Stone and tree bark, terribly inconvenient from the beginning, eventually were replaced by paper, an invention that made it possible for more people to write about a wide variety of subjects.

Observers became the scribes who left us an incomparable eyewitness testimony of their time and place in the world. Among those scribes were the ancient Greeks, who laid the foundation for the modern journal.

"Whoso desireth to know what will be hearafter, let him think of what is past, for the world hath ever been in a circular revolution." -Sir Walter Raleigh

Looking to the Stars

Great observers, the ancient Greeks looked at and tried to explain everything around them, below them, and above them. Early Greek astronomers in particular took great pains to observe the heavenly bodies, to accurately record their movement through the heavens, and to plot their paths through the cosmos. Over time, their daily logs, called ephides, made it possible for them to predict the behavior of the stars and planets from year to year. Their ephides also became the basis for future studies in astronomy and introduced the concept of a daily, running narrative - the journal.
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Exploring the Journal

Dear Diary,

Tomorrow is the first day of school. I hope I don't wake up with a pimple in the middle of my forehead. I need to make a good impression.

Go ahead and laugh. I know too many among us who can relate to this diary entry. After all, most of us kept diaries back in the days when dances and the opposite sex dominated our thoughts, and those are the sorts of things we wrote about.

Now, in a more mature stage of life, you've decided to keep a journal again, to keep a contemporary account of your life. But I warn you, keeping a journal can be habit-forming. One day, you'll wake up and realize you have reaped benefits you never dreamed of.

Chapter 1 - Journals - a Quick and Dirty History

We all think about our legacy, but the shape each legacy takes is different for everyone. Many people consider their children and grandchildren as their legacy and thus focus much of their energy on raising the best family they can. Others see their legacy in their professional lives, devoting endless hours to their careers. Many selfless people consider their bequest to the future as the work they do to help those in need - whether spiritually, economically, or emotionally. We all want something of ourselves to continue after we're gone, and journals provide a great way to help us leave concrete evidence of our existence. For many people, the journals become like a treasure trove of experiences and lessons, and after they die, those left behind view them as treasured mementos, a legacy far more valuable than gold.

A journal, on its simplest level, provides a home for our memories. If written from the heart and with a purpose, however, it becomes the vehicle that takes part of us - our heart, soul, and emotions - into the future.

Through our journals, we learn about ourselves and, in turn, leave those lessons for the future. As has always been the case with our species, the wise among us look to the past, learn from it, and step more confidently into the future.

With that in mind, let us look to the past to learn something more of this marvelous tool called a journal.


Jul. 30th, 2009 09:09 am
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Welcome. Writers Anonymous is a play on the idea that writing can be highly addictive and even make one a little obsessed.

Do not worry, you are not alone! There is help.

Here you will find tips and exercises.

I hope you enjoy yourselves and set your creativity free!

Current topic - Journaling
* Helpful tips for deciding which type of journal best suits your needs
* Effective ways to use your journal to improve your mental and physical health
* Practical advice on finding time to write in your journal


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