Category Archives: Personal Posts

Using Raissa’s Inserts


I’m starting to recreate my writing schedule, and i also started using one of the inserts sent to me by the kind Raissa. I’m using the grey one with the ledger grid cover.


Midori Traveler’s Notebook: Passport Black

Hello Everyone!

Long time no post, I know. Well, today I wanted to share with you a glimpse at my latest acquisition: a black passport size Midori Traveler’s Notebook! I have wanted one for some time but couldn’t justify paying $40 for such a small notebook. However, I got lucky when I found a new listing on Ebay offering this exact one for $26 and free shipping! So obviously I went for it and here it is, ready for me to set up and start using! Stay tuned for more updates, and have a wonderful day!


It’s brand new too, and came in the original packaging.

IMG_4537I love the little slip that comes with it (to the right) even though I don’t understand a lick of Japanese. (Okay, so I know like three words.)

IMG_4542Here’s a comparison of the new passport Midori with my year-old Regular Midori. Obviously one’s been through a miniature war.

IMG_4538This is practically everything it came with: one insert, booklet, extra colored elastic bands, and the cotton protective bag.

Well, have a good one!

August Notebook Challenge: Everything Goes Composition

I hope this August started off well for everyone, and that you’re all enjoying the weekend outside. (My neighbor’s definitely are. I’m watching their driveway tennis match as I write this.) Well, for many of us this month marks the beginning of the school year, and the begrudging farewell to summer break. Luckily, I still have another month! So, do you think me stupid for giving myself some homework? (Okay, maybe insane, more than stupid.)

August always reminds me of high school, and especially of a few writing courses I took in the college across the street. My professor was post-modernist poet Catherine Webster, and I’d be lying if I said she wasn’t a little strange. I loved her classes, and since this was still in the early 2000s, many high schools in my area were exposed to the whole Freedom Writers movement. Ms. Webster then thought it only right that we do a similar project, and so, handed all of us our very own composition notebooks. (We even sent the finished anthology to the foundation.) Sadly, Ms. Webster passed away a few years ago, may she rest in peace. Now, every time I see a composition notebook (or Moleskine, since she gave me my first one . . . which I still have), I think of her and of the pure excitement and fun my classmates and I had working on them, and working together to complete our collaborative anthology. Because of this professor, I can honestly say that high school wasn’t so bad. And don’t get me wrong, I’m as socially awkward as they come, and even now I still find it hard to be in large groups of people, let alone talk to people one-on-one.

And so, to shorten this increasingly long post, I meant to let you all know that I will be challenging myself this month. By its end, I hope to have completed an entire composition notebook, and I invite you all to join me as well. (Why the hell not, right?) I plan to use it as a personal journal, and fill it with thoughts, ideas, transcriptions of songs and poems, original works, collages, drawings, notes, lists, and whatever else comes to mind. Not only is this a great way to get the creative motor running every morning, but it’s a great therapy. Composition books are cheap and readily available, and so there’s no fear of ruining the paper. After all, it isn’t a PaperBlanks, Moleskine, Rhodia, or any other more expensive notebook.

I plan to keep you updated on my progress, and if anyone else wishes to join (Please do! It’s not as bad as it sounds, I swear!), please let me know so I can follow you. If you have a blog, or some kinds of social media to follow, send me a link. It’s never too late.

Well, have a great night guys. Here’s a picture of my cover page to send you off.



Minor Improvements


Hello all. Just wanted to show you how I’ve finally started decorating my second Midori Traveler’s Notebook refill. A few days ago, I posted a video of the first completed one. All your positive feedback has given me the encouragement to personalize my notebook more. I originally went with simple layouts when journaling (except for those few crazy days) because I always worried that if I went crazy with the decorating, it would take away form my writing. And, frankly, I had this horrible misconception that “adults” didn’t put glitter in their notebooks. Now though, I’ve started to let loose and just decorate my notebooks however I like. Everything goes! (Granted, no glitter has been used thus far. It’s too messy, even for me.) Well, for all of you journalers out there, what do you use in your own notebooks? Also, if you have pictures please send me a link!

For those of you who never saw my first flip, here’s a link to the Youtube video. Well, hope you all have a wonderful day!

Journal Flip Video

Thought I would share with you all a video I uploaded to Youtube. It’s of my first completed Midori Traveler’s Notebook refill. A few days ago, I blogged about a few of my writing techniques, or more specifically, things I do to keep myself motivated; and so I thought it would be nice to share one of my smaller notebooks with you. This gives you some insight into my journals and even mind. (Please, do not be afraid.) 

Well, have a great weekend everyone! 

Wednesday Excursion to the Marina

Hello Everyone,

I hope this Thursday is treating you well. So far, I’ve done absolutely nothing productive, so I plan to make this post my first act of productivity for the day. (Though, does watching Leverage on Netflix count?)

Yesterday, I went to the San Leandro Marina with my sister and a friend, to walk the little terror of the apartment. (A. K. A. Miko.) While there, I managed to take a few pictures with my camera before discovering that the battery was about to die, so some come from my phone itself. Either way, enjoy and have a great day!

Canon Powershot N Shots (Including “Creative Caption” Shots at the end): 





Phone Shots (Including a panoramic): 




By the way, the panoramic is my favorite! (Along with the two filtered shots.)

Summer To-Do List, Part 1

1. win the lottery (one can dream, no?)

2. read at least ten books

3. go to the beach (what’s summer without the ocean?)

4. finish a complete draft of a novel

5. write at least three poems

6. write a few short stories and try my hand at flash fiction

7. finish at least two notebooks

8. catch up on my pen-pal letters

9. catch up on my sleep

10. find a new job

11. hang out with friends (revive my dried out social life . . . there’s an image for ya)

12. go to the fair and eat funnel cake

13. spend as much time as possible with my family (yes, this should have been closer up in the list)

Note: the list is longer, but these are the first things to come to mind. Stay tuned for part two and my progress. 🙂

What’s on your summer to-do list? Continue reading Summer To-Do List, Part 1