Here's why I said my notebooks were a cruel prank on any academics who get interested in my work after I'm gone. My handwriting is execrable. Even I can't always read it.
I won't transcribe what I wrote because it's the very first notes for what I hope may someday be my third and final dragon novel -- the one that synthesizes and makes sense of the first two in a totally new manner. Down at the bottom right is the annotation "12/22/08 First Stirrings" -- that little spiral near the end of the second word means "ing." It's a scrap from a shorthand system I started to learn decades ago and gave up after acquiring only a spattering of shortcuts. / means "and" and \ means "the." I believe they'll pop up a lot in this notebook.
You'll note that the not-sign pops up around the very first word. That means that my protagonist's name is not Gail. (I already used Abigail for a protagonist, and I try not to double-dip on names.) But I wanted to jot down the ideas while they were still fresh, despite not having the right name for the character yet.
The piece of yellow paper explains itself. Here's the transcription:
This is a piece of confetti snatched from the air
at the parade celebrating the Phillies' championship
in 2008! I grabbed it myself.
Does it really say that? Yes, it does. I wouldn't lie to you about such a thing.