Handstitched Book of Kells Lined Quoniam
19 journalers for this copy...
Make sure to check back here when you're ready to send the journal on in case any changes have been made to the list. Always PM and ask the next person on the list if they are still interested AND are able to complete the journal in the alloted time (even if you already have their address). Anyone with any questions or concerns, please PM me. This is my first "ring" so I'm new to it and may have made some errors in the planning process. Let's cross our fingers and hope not. Here is the list. The name in BOLD SCRIPT is the one that, currently, has the journal.
Please make a journal entry when you receive the RAoK journal AND when you release it. Also, do your best not to keep the journal longer than three weeks.
Also, for those who can scan their journal entry and save it, in case the journal is lost, please do. I'd greatly appreciate a chance to see your entry.
LIST EDITED ON 1/23/07 - I've radically reduced the participants and am engineering the journal's return to the States (and me!) It's been two and half years since I sent my "baby" out on her journey, I want her home to see how she's grown!
Thank you all for participating!
The journal has been home with me since April 2007 I'm so relieved to have it back, I doubt I'll send it back out although it has many more pages left in which people could journal their RAoKs. I have to say the experience of "ringing" a book that I really wanted back, only to have it stall so many times was just too much for my obsessive personality.
This journal is beginning it's 'ring around the world', today. The first recipient is Antof9, in Colorado.
I'm so excited I could burst. I'm putting a "no stall" vibe on it before I seal it in the envelope because I'd be devastated if it didn't make it back to me.
I run in the house, and it's all I can do to take the time to make my shake, 'cause I have now SEEN the package by the front door! I make it in record time, grab the package and the box (it's big, by the way), and run upstairs (being careful not to spill my shake).
I open it, and oh, the cover is truly beautiful! I can't even begin to describe it. The picture posted is only half as pretty. It's like a beautiful Turkish Kilim combined with some cathedral windows and Celtic symbols. GREAT pick, SpedBug! This, like any good book, is a joy just to look at and hold.
Then I open the book itself. Of course, there's some requisite SpedBug calligraphy :) SpedBug has very clearly laid out the rules. Makes sense, and I'm now ready to do my Random Act. Then I turn the page and read hers. And oh, it's a great story. And, oh, I need some Puffs Plus! My eyes have welled up and spilled over. What a great reminder that 10 minutes of my own time could significantly alter the course of someone else's day, week, year, life. I'm not exaggerating. But you'll have to wait your turn to find out what she did :)
SpedBug -- you are truly sweet inside and out, and I love you. Thanks for starting this journal. What a great way to remind ourselves how much we have and how much we can be thankful for.
MWAH! (that's a big wet kiss), and now I must think about being "random" :)
What's that? You're wondering about the big box? It's a bunch of goodies from RlyLv2Rd's Divorce is not an option thread. :) Can't wait to open it!
In the journal, I briefly chronicle my sad tale of woe as I attempted RAoKs over the last couple weeks. It's really quite humorous that I actually had a hard time doing one!
BUT, serendipity of serendipity, the RAoK Fairy had a plan. First, I had to be stuck at 399 books registered for a time. Then, miketrollstigen had to notice I was at 399 and start this thread. Then mojosmom had to have a great suggestion for making my 400th book a "themed" book. And THEN, I had to go to the bookstore!
Unfortunately, I didn't find either of the books she suggested. But what I did find was this book. I promptly bought 2. One for releasing and one for ringing (blatant attempt to plug my own ring, right here in the middle of my journal entry!).
Anyway, it was on the way out of the bookstore that I got to perform my actual, for-the-record, Random Act of Kindness.
SpedBug -- thanks thanks thanks for this idea, and thanks for letting me participate. The funny thing is? The whole time I was trying to come up with "R", the "K" was doing a preponderance of work. I let people cut in front of me in traffic, and offered to let someone with 1 item go in front of my full grocery cart at the grocery store, and I was nicer to Unk, and nicer to store clerks. All in all, not a bad day's work, Sped!
Something fun about my "400th registered" release? SpedBug actually saw it hit the side bar! Coincidence? I think not!
Now (finally) off on its journey! But first, and only because I promised I would do it (HOW do I get myself into these things?), something SpedBug asked me to do in a recent PM:
"If you want to set it down and do a little 'may quick and painless opportunities for random acts of kindness come your way' dance around it. . . . " I'll be doing the dance at midnight. BX time, of course.
Note - I added a little surprise into the forlornly empty back pocket of the journal; be sure to take a glimpse! I hereby vote that all who feel inclined add a little memento of some sort or another to the pocket.
Second Note - No fears; I was sure to perform the special me-sarah "Maythisjournalflyquicklyandun-stoppedlytoitsintendeddestination" dance around the journal before sending it off. Don't worry; it did not involve nakedness or chanting. That I saved for the second dance - "MaytheRAoKfaeryblessallwhocomeincontactwiththislovelylittlebook!". Hee hee!
Last Note (I promise!) - SpedBug asked me the following in a PM:
>>Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to give the journal a good
long "Innocent Puppy Eyes" gaze so it is treated gently and kindly by each
journaller it passes to.
MISSION ACCEPTED! After the dancing etc listed above, I pinned down the RAoK faery that was specially recruited to watch over our journal, and gave her my infamous "Innocent Puppy Eyes" look. She immediately broke down and promised to watch over the journal for all of its days! :-)
Released to next in bookring: faramir10.
And I agree with everyone else about the cover. Absolutely beautiful.
I've added my meager story and also a little surprise for SpedBug when it returns to her - placed in the back pocket with a note to leave for SpedBug.
I've also added an image of the patron saint of southern writers.
It will be on its way to CheesyGiraffe as soon as I get the address. This is my first bookring and I see that I should have made a journal entry as soon as I received it, and I should have messaged CheesyGiraffe then, too. Sorry. Live and learn...
I already have a Raok too.
I done it today and you will just wait to see! :p
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
mailed off to the next person today....
cheesygiraffe sent her the RAoK journal and got delivery confirmation on 9/16. I've sent her a couple of PMs asking if she is okay but no reply.
Finally, I sent her a snail mail letter to see what was going on. In it, I enclosed a postage-paid priority mail envelope addressed to the next person on the list (lucybrown) in case snickarbo was having hurricane-related money troubles. I have not heard from her and although my letter reached her (delivery confirmation), she has not e-mailed me as I requested.
Is snickarbo in good health? I'm beginning to wonder and would VERY much appreciate if anyone can shed light on the situation. :(
11/8/04 Update: I PMed one of the people on snickarbo's friends list and they told me snickarbo is on vacation. :) I'm so glad to know she's okay (and that the ring will continue, eventually, as well). :)
11/11/04 Update: snickarbo PMed me and said the journal was safe and sound. She wanted to write a little something in it before mailing it out. I did ask her to mail it out in the next couple of days, however, since it's been 'stalled' so long.
11/22/04 Update: I have not heard back from snickarbo since my response to her Nov. 11th e-mail. I had sent her a postage paid, pre-addressed envelope in which to send the journal to lucybrown but when I check the delivery confirmation receipt number, it does not show it's been sent out. I don't know what to do at this point. My understanding is snickarbo experienced a tragedy in her life,about a month ago. Other than sending her an envelope and politely requesting she send the journal on, I don't know what to do. Hounding her certainly wouldn't be kind so, rather than pursue this, I'll consign myself to the possibility that the journal is MIA.
12/21/04 Update: On a whim, I checked the delivery confirmation receipt number that I'd put on the envelope I'd sent to snickarbo. To my surprise (and delight), I saw the journal had been delivered to lucybrown on 12/13/04. Hooray. Merry Christmas to me!
Sun setting on the Santa Catalina Mountains bordering Tucson, Arizona
I will snuggle down on my couch tonight, under my blanket, wrapped in a couple of warm cats and read my way through it. Hopefully, the opportunity to bestow my own RAoK will present itself one of these days soon! I know I will be inspired from the journal notes in the pages of this lovely book....
Thanks, Spedbug, it was well worth the wait...
I have been having a tough time finding a random act to journal but in the interest of getting this book on its way once again, I will journal this one, even though it is not what I had hoped to be remembered for, in the annals of BookCrossing history... ;-)
I recently spent a long weekend visiting my best friend. She moved out to the country last year and we don't get to see one another very often anymore. To make a long story short, my friend is deathly afraid of spiders and one night, just before I went to bed (she was still watching Survivor*!), I went to the bathroom and saw a rather large spider. I just knew she would freak right out if she saw it so I whipped out the Dustbuster (stored in the the closet in the bathroom) and vacuumed it up! Yuk!!
Even though I am not a fan of spiders, myself, and have been known to freak out, too, if they catch me by surprise, I did feel that I was doing her a big favour (especially since her husband is out of town!). I never mentioned it, either, so she still has no idea that I did it, which made me feel even more virtuous. But the more I think about it, the lamer it sounds. I am an animal lover and don't really want to go down in bookcrossing history as having annihilated an insect as my Random Act of Kindness.
In a last grasp at redeeming myself, I did send out 3 rabcks this week, to friends who have been going through rough times lately and could use a smile. And although they will, eventually, know the books are from me, at this point in time, they are still random!
Oh! And I *wung* someone, too and that someone does not know it! :-)
I will contact Serenity Blue and hand her this beautiful journal book in person, hopefully within the next couple of days.
Thank you, Spedbug, for your patience and for creating this treasure!
I am just about to read what people have put in it. I was going to walk home but was deathly afraid something would happen to this journal. I didn't stop anywhere and meander like I usually do on Friday's. So here I am hoping the something or someone presents themselves to me for a random act of kindness.
Your calligraphy is fabulicious Spedbug and I'm so glad the journal was found again. The next recipient is OttawaBill one of my favourite bc friends. And I don't even have to ask him for his addy as I already know it so it will be a real surprise for this cute teddybear Ottawa friend of mine.
Such a wonderful idea too and the first journal I have ever received:)
There is a really good box that was sent with it and it was Jessibud's idea to use it at each mailing instead of an envelope so that the journal would not be in the least way damaged. I concur:)
Love all the little cutesy surprises in the pocket:)
Note to Ottawa Bill:0 I know you will be superfast in mailing this book on:)I don't think a day goes by when you don't do and RAOK:)
It will take me the better part of three weeks just to read the journal entries and entries in the book, much less record a RAoK of my own. But I will try to stick to the deadline.
Too bad retoractive RAoK didn't count. Last week I left a coupon on a computer for the remnant internet hours from one I had bought while in Vancouver so I could check my mail while there. One lamost happened this evening while ottawahb and I were swimming and befreinded an elderly German lady. We later realized we had forgotten to get her telephone number so we could invite her for tea as she has not much company. But she swims there regularly and we will get it at a future date and hosther now and again.
Oh well....I'll justhave to go out inot the world and do some good I guess....LOL. Looking forward to it and to passing laong the journal. I write the next person in line now !
My personal experience with that sweet guy is I mentioned the fact that I'd like to read "The Silent Miaow" and he PMed me with an offer of his copy. Come to find out that this book is no longer being published so his offer was doubly generous. I just so happened to have ordered the book, already, and didn't need to take him up on his offer but, nonetheless, I think of him every time I see that book on my shelf.
My humble, little journal will certainly benefit from having passed through his hands!
Released 13 yrs ago (6/18/2005 UTC) at
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
I've had it three days over the three week limit so of it goes immediately to the UK to wizzbiz. I'll send it by airmail so it is not long getting there !
I've added to the book m first attempt at a pop-up. It isa map of Ottawa that shows where Ottawhb and I live plus some pictures from the city featurng historic building, ballon festival, winter festival, Gay pride festival and the haunted walk (had to owor with what i had on hand or risk delaying the release of the book..lol)
Click on the pic for a larger image to view. It's cheesy, but I had to begin somewhere and years from now when I am an internationally famous pop-up queen Amy will have the very first one I produced !
Bookcrossing just keeps on making my day! This journal was today's day made! I loved hotflash's RAoK and elf's contribution too! The puppy is just too cute, cheesy! Fancy putting that cute little face in the journal, nobody will resist an aaawwwww at her!!!
I love that people have made a real effort with this and i hope that karma and serendipity will reward each and everyone in time.
I, green that I am and believing as I do in the power of vibes, dances, faeries and innocent puppy eyes, do swear to commit a random act of kindness ASAP.
What have I ever done that's worthy of this beautiful journal, why should I lay my grubby paws on this work of art, I am not worthy etc etc
Rubbish, I finally said to my self, don't sweat it and don't worry said that angelic presence (aka Spedbug).
So weeks have gone by, I've tried everyones patience and now, well good or bad for better or worse I've done it and it's going in the post to Geraldine (Cartref)who I must apologise to for the delay (if I ever pass her way it's probably worth another plant)
My deed is done now and I will be posting this today or tomorrow. Thanks Spedbug, such a lovely journal, does the heart food.
The cover is beautiful and the journal entries themselves are priceless.
I will have to think hard to find a truly random act to do.
The Random Act of Kindness journal has stalled in England. Only one of the PMs I've sent asking if there was a problem and offering postage has netted an answer. That short reply was in the beginning of February, apologizing and stating an intention to mail the journal off "the next day". Having been in contact with IrasCignavojo, the next person in line, I know that the journal hasn't reached him yet so I’m left to assume it was never mailed (as it was never journalled as being sent).
This journal is, for me, more than just a book ring. It's a global good intention, a warm wish glowing in an often cold, dark world. If this were "just a book" I'd sent out to be read and shared, I could easily have let go by now. But, the truth is, it's not "just a book". It's an enthusiastic compilation of hope, personalized by the hands of BookCrossers for whom I've developed affection and respect. It's a book with value beyond the words written in it and it can't be replaced. To think its journey is over before it was halfway through saddens me. It also saddens me to think I won't get to read the entries or see, firsthand, ottawabill's pop up contribution. I'm disappointed for those who put time and effort into it, who put love into it and I'm disappointed for those who might not have a chance to add to it, as promised. Mostly, I'm heartbroken that it may not fufill its destiny. to travel around the world as a small beacon of global goodwill, and return home to a place of honor on my bookshelf.
quizgirl, I hope you'll honor your commitment and continue my ring's journey or at the very least respond, in kind, to the questions I've posed in my PMs to you. While I'm mostly confused and saddened that the ring has stalled with you, I'll admit a part of me is outraged that a piece of my property is being held without reason or explanation. I'd like to think this is all a justifiable misunderstanding but, as the book has been with you four months on the fourteenth, I find it hard to imagine what that reason might be for you holding on to it.
I'm so sorry the journal has stalled. It is such a nice idea. I was wondering why there hasn't been a journal entry for a while. Maybe Quizgirl will decide to start moving it again or at least answer your pm's. Anyway you are a nice,caring person and thank you for your comments. I second everything Whizbiz said.
Sped, I will hold a special thought in my heart tonight, hoping that your exquisite journal will soon find its way forward, to continue the journey it is meant to take.
I was very saddened to learn that this lovely journal might not complete its journey. After I received this marvelous compilation of gestures of kindness, my spirits were lighter for days. Reading everyone's entries and looking for an opportunity to perform my own RAOK made me look at the world and everyone around me a bit differently. This book is too special to languish....let's all hope it begins moving again, touching lives and hearts as it travels.
Maybe 'quizgirl's Random Act of Kindness could simply be to pass this volume on to the next participant??
Thanks Spedbug for giving us all the chance to contribute and, if even for a moment, to make the world a kinder place.
It is now on its way to IrasCignavojo in Germany.
The wonderful journal arrived today, safe and sound and beautiful. It will take a week to decipher and read all your handwriting, but as someone who was teaching Palaeography at the University of Tuebingen once, I'll manage.
I'm very busy preparing for an exhibition, my first since getting back from Asia, but in ten days I have to have everything at the framers so I should get down to a little decoration inspired by ottawabill (gorgeous stuff!)As for RAOKs I am presently learning to inject my neighbour's dog with insulin so I can do it while she's on holidays (arrgghh!)...it's not random though so I am hoping for serendipitous moments in the near future.
This book looks so good I have to sit down now and read through it all; on the way home from the Post Office I actually dipped into Ottawabill's double spread at a traffic light!
Speddie--thank you so much for starting this! *mwah*
My sincerest "thank yous" to all who participated. Thank you to those who tucked something in the back of it. Thank you to E-F for delivering my baby to me.
I wish there was a status button that said "to be savoured". :D