#notebookappreciation, notebooks, writing

The Beatles notebook

#notebookappreciation is something a few friends and I were chatting about on twitter the other night. After clearing out my desk I came across some much neglected notebooks, and some that had been used for study. Well, that’s all been resolved now and I thought it was time to share some of my favourite notebooks with the world, seeing as I’m hoping to do more handwritten work for brainstorming ideas and planning. There is something about connecting pen with paper that helps unblock, untangle and solve a whole bunch of problems.

IMG_20141014_084220155So, here is my current fav. This is the one that goes everywhere with me right now. This notebook languished in a kitchen cupboard for a bit. I purchased it to add recipes that I found online and really liked, but I think I only managed to put 3 in there, 2 of which I use so often I don’t need the recipe anymore. I love it for a few reasons:

A) The Beatles!! My parents were big Beatles fans. I grew up listening to their records so they have a special place in my heart. When I saw this, it gave me a massive jolt of nostalgia. Instant purchase.

B) It has tear out pages, which is great for me. As much as I love writing in notebooks, I also like to declutter them at times. I can jot down anything in this one and then tear out the pages easily – I can then stick them into another notebook if they belong with a different set of notes, or chuck it out entirely. Win!

C) the paper is really nice to write on. It’s got a lovely smooth texture that makes the pen flow across it. ❀

IMG_20141014_084310879Oh and D), it’s also got different coloured tabs on it!! I like this as well, because I can separate out my thoughts. At one point the blue was for novel revision notes (actually, still is). The red had notes from my readings for assignments, the green had notes about home schooling stuff, and the grey has been permanently neglected, but I’m sure I’ll correct that soon.

Some of the gals from twitter also have Beatles notebooks, so I know I’m not alone!!

What is your favourite notebook and why?

I’m keen to get some new ones and indulge in more handwriting.

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Do you Facebook?

Part of my journey as an author has been about trying to establish a presence in social media. It seems as though most people have a social media favourite, and I’ll happily admit that mine is Twitter. That said, I really like Facebook as a means to keep track of pages – it’s nice to click on to something I like and see what’s been going on, and interact with other people who like that page too. I’ve made some cool friends this way, and I finally feel like I’ve got a handle on having my own Facebook author page.
At the moment you’ll find my blog posts* and tweets posted there, and I’ll be using it as a place to connect with readers, and post snippets and giveaways in the future, so if you’re interested, hop on over and give me a like?
That would rock πŸ™‚
*It amuses me greatly to think that if you already ‘like’ my page you’ll see this blog post about my facebook page on my facebook page…
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Why I (probably) just un-followed you

I just had the most epic Twitter clean out, and it feels incredible. I went from following 1, 231 people, to following a mere 194, and I finally feel like I can check into twitter now without feeling the energy being sucked from my very soul.

It’s a good feeling.

No offence what-so-ever to those thousand or so people I just unfollowed. Some of you are amazing talents, some of you are best selling authors, or fancy lit agents, or huge publishing companies. Some of you are just people, or other writers like me and there is nothing you did to make me tick that box.

The simple fact is that I’ve had enough of big numbers. They mean nothing. I want to be able to have conversations again. To connect. To get to know people. Β To keep up with the tweets of the people I know, rather than people I don’t. If I did delete you, but you want the same, then please, send me a tweet! Spark up a convo! I love to chat.

I feel unburdened. And I can actually read my feed and see people I am familiar with and want to know about. It’s really lovely. I know this is not good twitter etiquette, and I expect to see my ‘followers’ number drop dramatically in no time. It doesn’t bother me at all. This writer needs less junk in her head, thanks πŸ˜‰

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Here and there

I’ve recently started expanding my net presence, and while I am still very much a newbie to all the ins and outs, rather than making life more difficult it seems to be making life easier!

While looking through Goodreads, I worked out that because I have stories in some anthologies that are on the site, I could become a Goodreads Author. Seems crazy on some levels, I’ve only had a few stories published, but hey, I’m not going to complain πŸ™‚ It feeds my blog posts through to my goodreads page as well by the looks.

I now have a ‘page’ over on Facebook for my writer stuff. It feels a bit odd having my own page, but hey, it’s there now! I’ve discovered that when I post updates to it, it sends them through to twitter which is pretty neat – I can now be present both on FB as well as twitter, without too much hassle.

Until now I rarely used FB for anything other than checking in on family and friends, so it’s great that it can be useful for other stuff too. So far, my page isn’t very pretty or anything, but hopefully over time I’ll master it. Head over and *like* me if you’re on FB!

I’m using networked blogs as well, which auto posts any blog to my FB personal page as well as my writer page, and twitter as well.

It does feel odd, but it feels good as well. It wasn’t that I was hiding that I am a writer, but I wasn’t letting a good chunk of my friends and family know about it. Now I’m out there, being public with it. I certainly wouldn’t be doing things that made more work for me, but now when I post a blog it’s everywhere without me having to think about it, and when I write a message it’s on facebook and twitter. Who knew it could be this easy?

If you have a facebook page, let me know so I can like you back. And if I’m not connected with you on Goodreads, I’d love to be!

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Ug, maybe I can’t do it

NaNoWriMo that is. I’ve totally fallen off the wagon, writing only one day in the last week! Everything is messy here, everyone has been sick and I’m so tired, most of the weekend was spent out of the house and there just seems to be no time at all.

Or rather, when the baby sleeps, there are other demands on my time.

I do want to write, and I intend to get back into it today, but I think I’m officially declaring that ‘winning’ NaNoWriMo is no longer my intention. I’m not going to kill myself to reach the 50,000 word mark. Instead I’m just going to enjoy writing as much as I can, when I do get the chance.

And sleep when I need to.

I’ve noticed over this last week that I’ve been feeling more introverted. I’m using the net less, blogging less, checking into the various forums I’m a member of less, I’ve barely twittered in days and force myself to check in but usually end up closing tweetdeck without looking through the backlog or tweeting myself. This seems to be a natural part of the pregnancy process for me, a retraction of the ethereal threads of myself so that I can focus the energy where it really needs to be. On the baby. On Ivy. On Lauren. That’s really my world right now. Getting through each day and enjoying the children I have in the world while I grow the child in my womb.

The writing is still going to happen. Just not as quickly.

And tomorrow afternoon we get to find out when baby is due πŸ™‚