Camp NaNoWriMo Participants

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To my surprise and delight I discovered that I didn’t have to wait until November to enter a prestigious writing competition. I was driving myself mad with the waiting because I’d essentially finished plotting and making character profiles and I had nothing to stimulate me until then.
Fortunately I discovered Camp NaNoWriMo. I was relieved because I don’t much to do in August other than attending one class in one day for four days of the week and piano lessons. The writing bug has bitten me again and I’ve been writing at any chance that I can, including during seminars and classes. Now I have something to test my writing abilities.
Of course I am aiming to win but I’m not going to make a big deal out of it. There is always November and next year. I have plenty of story ideas (though they don’t have the potential to be turned into novels) to keep me busy. I’ve only told a few people of my plans for August so that I won’t be pressured by other people asking how I’m doing with my novel.
Below is the book and pen that I plan to use. The book is of A4 size, has 200 pages and has silky paper. The paper is lined with thin grey lines spaced at 8 mm. There are thirty lines per page and the book is stitch-bound. My mum bought it for me at the mall just when I was getting into pretty notebooks. The pen is Standard B-Gel with a 0.7 tip. I chose black ink because I’m using blue ink for my journal at the moment.
To August’s participants, good luck! Don’t worry about much. Just strive to get the words out. Happy camping!

New Purchases

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I really shouldn’t be trusted with money and stationery shops.

One Step Closer to Becoming an Author

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I came up with this idea while planning out my NaNoWriMo 2012 novel. Once I finish editing and polishing it, I’ll convert it into PDF form and upload it to this blog for the whole world to read.

This may not be a good idea, as my friend suggests, because other people can come to steal it and then pose it as their own. But what matters to me more is that my own original work, and not fan fiction, is out and published (without the hassles of publishing ;p). What I truly want from readers is feedback on how I can better my story-telling and writing skills.

If someone steals my novel from me, I’ll do my best to disprove their ownership. I can provide hard evidence that is the notebooks that I’ve used to write that novel, with my handwriting, and my NaNoWriMo certificate (if I manage to win this year). But I’d read the comments that the thief’s readers have given and use them.

The notebook that I'm planning to use for NaNoWriMo 2012

 This blog may not have many readers yet as other stationery blogs but I’ll do my best to provide new, interesting, content of the world from my point of view. And to those who are following this blog already, thank you. You have my token of appreciation and gratitude.

Multiple Notebooks – How to Indulge in Your Stationery Fetish without Feeling Guilty

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Having a fetish for stationery might seem excessive to most people, but at least there are far-worse, unhealthy, addictions, as The Pen Addict puts it so-aptly. I might be new to this circle, but I already feel a kinship with the people who share this passion with me.

Using many notebooks for me is the perfect solution to my problems. It means that I can indulge in my love for stationery and use the notebooks up faster. Like many other notebook addicts, I buy pretty notebooks faster than I can fill them up. One way for me to stop feeling guilty about it is to use several of them at once.

However, this has many drawbacks, too. But for me organising my mental clutter in notebooks is the only way for me to function properly.

Here are the pros of using many notebooks at once:

  • Focus. Being ADD, my mind leaps between thoughts faster than the speed of light. By having a lot of notebooks with me, each one with a specific purpose, I can jot down my thinking quickly. This also enables me to look up something later with a minimum of fuss.
  • Having everything in its place. Using only one notebook to write down things that you need to remember doesn’t make sense to me. You’d have to waste a few valuable minutes looking for a specific point. And since the modern age demands immediacy, having many notebooks can help you to remember more-quickly because everything is organised by subject.
  • Finding stuff is easy. I can quickly locate a piece of information easily based on its nature, and find the appropriate notebook.

The disadvantages of using multiple notebooks are:

  • Misplacement. I easily lose things because of my ADD. This can be a problem when I need to write something down quickly.
  • Weight. The demands of a university student are enormous, and I’d need to carry almost all of my notebooks with me to meet them. This places a burden on my health because most of my notebooks are hardcover.
  • Confusion. It can be hard to remember the function of one notebook when you’ve just started using it. And looking for that notebook can be another time-waster because the brain hasn’t adjusted to the new notebook yet.

Using a lot of notebooks is a beneficial activity but you have to learn how to manage them, and yourself, properly. You may not be able to adapt to this system because it might not be for you. What works for me may not be suitable for everybody else.

Sketchbook – Part 3

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My drawing of Leonardo DiCaprio as Arthur Rimbaud and David Thewlis as Paul Verlaine in Total Eclipse, my favourite movie of all time.

Handwriting

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Handwriting

Who do you think I am?

Sketchbook – Page 2

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Sketchbook - Part 2

So enraged that he’s about to perform Rage!

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