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Personal Studies


Last night I finally got my copy of Frankenstein back from my sister (who was using it as a prop no less), and had the chance to plow through the introductions and one of the main characters first letters. So far I’m on chapter 3, where Frankenstein (the doctor, not the creation) is explaining the series of events that lead to him being stranded in Russian ice waters to his savior, Captain Walton. It’s a slow read, but interesting and surprisingly very easy to follow for something nearing two hundred years in age. What has everyone else been reading lately?



It seems that my phone is acting up and doesn’t upload posts to my blog, so here are the prompts up to today yet again. Apologies.

2) Names: research your name. What does it mean and what do you think of it? Do you think it fits you, or not? Or, what would you like it to mean and why?

3) A Coded Message: come up with your own code, or find one that you like. Write yourself a message. Then, dispose or hide it away somewhere only you know. Hide the key somehow, either in your notebook or somewhere else.

4) Free Association: pick a word and write down (or web out randomly) all the thoughts, memories and ideas that come to mind because of that word.

5) Ghost Stories: what ghost story did you grow up with, or what story or urban legend scares you the most? Write down a summary and then write about why it’s so scary?

Have a good one!

Day 1: The Hollow Book


Day 1: The Hollow Book 

You’re in your neighborhood bookshop (or library), and about to turn into your favorite section. But then you pause, because there’s someone there replacing a series of books at a quick pace. As soon as you make eye-contact, however, the person leaves and you’re left staring at an empty aisle. Wonder what that was all about, you think and step up to the bookcase. Reaching out, you grab one of the books and notice something’s off with the weight. What the hell? Opening it, you realize it’s been hollowed out. 

What do you find? What happens next? 

That’s the prompt for today folks. Come up with your own response to this, your own even t and remember, you can be as creative as you want. Think of sensory details too, sight, scent, touch, etc., and try incorporating them into your response.

Also, sorry this is so late. My goal is to upload each prompt in the morning, but today I had a few camera difficulties. Well, go forth and write on you amazing people you!

New Notebook!


This weekend my sister and I are visiting our parents,  and yesterday we decided to pay our neighborhood Barnes and Noble a visit. There, I was treated to this beautiful notebook my Peter Pauper Press,  based off a late 1800s encyclopedia called The Universe: The Infinitely Great and the Infinitely Little. I freaking love this thing and decided to start writing in it right away, forsaking my old habit of keeping beautiful notebooks  clean and crisp. I was always afraid of ruining them and never felt anything I had to say was worthy, but you know what, I am.  So I’ll be working in this one along with my Moleskine, which I’ve gotten to using as a sort of scrapbook or travel journal. In fact,  here’s a look at the first pages:


And with that, I bid you all a great day and week!

A Yearly Tradition


Hello all! I hope that you met the new year surrounded by loved ones or in high spirits (or both)! I thought I’d share with you a tradition of mine: starting a new notebook every January 1st. Above, you can see last year’s final notebook next to this year’s Moleskine, gifted to me by my amazing sister. And now,  here’s a glimpse at the compo!

Sometimes I use magazine clippings to adorn the pages. 


Or, play with paints and add in the occasional quote: The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself. – Albert Camus


Actual pictures work too. These were sent to me by a pen pal,  from his visit to the Salton Sea. 


Well, onwards into 2015!


Anyone else have a new years tradition? Let me know!

Till next time, happy 2015 everyone!

Journal Flip #2: Second Midori Traveler’s Notebook Refill

IMG_4190I realized that I never uploaded a video of this second notebook, but thanks to my wonderful reader Althea, I was reminded and so you can thank her for this guys! Just click the picture and enjoy! (PS: Sorry for the poor lighting in the video, I only had my phone to work with.)

Also, if you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a link to the first flip video I made:

Midori Traveler’s Refill #1

Have a great weekend everyone!

August Notebook Challenge Update

Good afternoon everyone, 

Well, seems like summer is coming to a close, what with August up and school already begun (or about to begin, in my case). At the beginning of last month, I started a challenge called the August Composition Notebook Challenge. I haven’t used a compo journal in a long time, since high school actually, and so, I wanted to see if I could finish a notebook in one month. Now, here are a few pictures of the results. For more, you can check out my previous update post: Week One Update. (Obviously, I forgot the remaining three weeks.) 

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I wish I could say that I was able to finish the entire notebook, but I didn’t. I got close though, and then I realized that the notebook I’d chosen wasn’t normal. It’s a 3 subject kind with extra pages. (Yes, that’s my excuse.) However, throughout the month, I discovered some great things: 

1. Mead Compo Journals actually have better paper quality than your basic Moleskine. Yep, I used fountain pens, Prismacolor markers, felt tip markers, and of course the occasional pencil. No bleed through, that is, unless I went over something several times and then of course the ink would eventually seep through the paper. 

2. It was a great place to store pen-pal letters I received throughout the month. 

3. They are also handy for drafting, as you can see in one of the pictures. I wrote a couple chapters of a story I am currently working on. 

Yes folks, for one month, this notebook became my life. Everything went in it. I won’t lie either and say that it was super easy to do, because some parts weren’t. While it’s simple enough to throw the occasional picture and letter inside, the actual written portions were the toughest. Writing always is hard. Do I regret putting myself through this? Absolutely not. However, I did learn that hoping to finish this with all the craziness in my life was a bit much, so my next journal will be paced throughout these following months. In fact, the latest one has quickly become my go to place for logging different fonts and designs used for hand lettering (one of my most recent hobbies). I thought about starting a pocket notebook for the month, and even purchased a Moleskine, but sadly the paper quality is so poor that almost any pen I use bleeds through. Thus, the little book will become the place where I draft ideas. For this month, I will be using an Eccolo notebook that a friend gave me. The paper is nice (though certain fountain pen inks do leak a bit), and the notebook is small without being too small for on the go writing. 

Well, thank you for making it through this with me. Till next time!