Thursday, March 10, 2011

Writers' Notebooks and Welcome

If you're like me, you love writing notebooks and journals. Like pens, I have notebooks sprinkled all over my house. I keep one in my purse and another in my car. I have several different notebooks tucked in tote bags for when I attend writing events. Never know when an idea might strike. Some journals are neatly filled in; others have ideas jotted down. Some--I have no idea what I meant to write--but I hope to figure it out eventually.

Last week I was thrilled when I received a Celtic journal in the mail. It's exactly like the one at the left, from Peter Pauper Press (say that three times--dare you!).

I won this elegant journal over on Lisa Ricard Claro's "Writing in the Buff" blog a couple weeks ago. Thank you, Lisa!

What I really like about my new journal, besides being free, is its "intricate knotwork and serpentine animal forms evoking the rich Celtic legacy." Just in time for St. Patrick's Day.

I visited the Peter Pauper Press site today to check out their journals. The one I have is now out of stock and won't be available until mid May. Bummer!

Today I also received my Real Simple Daily Finds e-mail. Today's finds are ten noteworthy notebooks. I found a few that I really like. Most are affordable, others are expensive--at least for me. Included among the journals is a "My Quotable Kid" journal to record funny things that pop out of kids' mouths. How fun is that?

So, if you're looking for a journal to record your thoughts and ideas, jot down dialogue you don't want to forget, or spark creativity and make you feel special, check out the Peter Pauper Press site or Real Simple Daily finds.

Today I also want to welcome my newest follower: MILO JAMES FOWLER.

Thanks for signing up as a follower, Milo. Hope you enjoy the ride. To my other followers and regular visitors, if you get a chance, check out Milo's blog, in medias res.


  1. I love a good notebook/journal - unfortunately, I tend to be rather messy and scrawly when I write so I don't like to use pretty, dainty ones - I hate feeling like I messed them up. :)

    Thanks for the link, Donna. Those Revolver Journals look very cool!

  2. I love notebooks and journals too. I keep them everywhere, for as you said, you never know when an idea will hit you!

    Thanks for the links. :)

  3. I love journals too - I have so many that I've had to stop buying them and told myself I needed to fill them before I could buy any more! PS I just received from Becky the Cuivre River Anthology and enjoyed your story.

  4. Hi Donna - I'm so glad you like the journal! It is a great size, isn't it? Not too small, not too big. I liked it so much I was going to order one for myself. Also, I received my book today, "The Heart is Not a Size," that I won in your contest. Can't wait to read it! Thanks!

  5. OMG! That's exactly the one I use too! In fact, I have two going - one for all my blahblahblah thoughts and feelings, and another where I jot down specific writing/story ideas or gather descriptive words and phrases. I get mine from They also carry soft covered ones that have a kind of microsuade cover with imprint of a dragonfly. They are not expensive.

  6. When we were overseas in Portugal, my favorite thing to do was hit the local stationary shop to see if they had any journals in stock. Absolutely love getting a fresh new one.

  7. I love journals, too, but I'm with Madeline--the really pretty ones don't get used. I tend to fall back on those black & white marble covered composition books with ruled pages. I really love the tiny ones--everything I write in those feels like a delicious secret!

  8. Hi Madeline,
    I'm the same way with my notebooks.

    Hi Karen,
    Thanks for your comment--and you're welcome.

    Hi Lynn,
    Thanks for your kind words about my story in Cuivre River Anthology. Becky is so sweet. I hope you have the revised version of the anthology. We caught a few boo-boos after the first printing.

    Hi Lisa,
    The journal is the perfect size, and I'm glad your ARC arrived safe and sound. Hope you enjoy reading it!

    Hi Melissa,
    How cool that you have the same journal. Oh, I left a comment on your blog. Your post yesterday really got me to thinking.

    Hi Krysten,
    Living in Portugal must've been an adventure. Hope you found lots of treasures while shopping there.

    Hi Clara,
    I have several of the black and white ones, too, and I agree about how much fun it is to write in them.


  9. When my son was in kindergarten I started a notebook of things I wanted to remember he said or did. In the back I've recorded his yearly awards, achievements and volunteer work. This information has come in VERY handy when filling out college apps. I love a journal, any journal.


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