Commonplace Notebooks

Along with being a lover of books, I am a big fan of stationery. I still take notes in notebooks, still write thoughts down, make lists, and write letters. To me, writing is committing to memory, and the physical act of writing is important to me. Plus, I have noticed, people love receiving real letters.

There are many notebook brands I love. But my most interesting possession is my ‘Commonplace Notebook.’ A Scottish brand Waverley, make these wrapped with Kinloch Anderson tartan. Of course, it doesn’t get more Scottish than this. The one I own is the Mackay Ancient tartan, and I do love it because it is similar to the tartan I identify with.

Commonplacing was most popular amongst thinkers of the 17th and 18th centuries. These notebooks were used to jot down thoughts and ideas. The flap at the back was used for storing scraps. Greats who were known to Commonplace were David Hume, Adam Smith, Rabbie Burns and Virginia Woolf.

I use this notebook for the work I do with another wonderful Scottish organisation – Scottish Book Trust. All my meeting notes and reflections go in here. And the size of it means that it fits into a small purse or a large pocket, which is great. I do love this notebook, and must think of buying a larger one.

Do you have a notebook favourite?

Teaser Tuesday (March 25)

My teaser:

“Her transformation from oranges and browns to a pristine white is epic. And the wind, always the wind… like a veil over the city, the wind is her handmaid.

From here, my piece for the launch of Scottish Book Trust‘s ‘Scotland’s Stories Of Home‘ series.

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Enjoy!

A few writing-related updates…

I have been travelling a lot for the last couple of weeks because my Mum came down for my Graduation ceremony, which was on the 28th. I have also been trying to track down my books to libraries etc. I’m definitely in a few far flung places in Scotland. Here is a photo of me (in the form of the Book Week Scotland book) in the National Library of Scotland!

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Because of the Book Week Scotland book, I was named and quoted in an Edinburgh newspaper, here. The book is available in e-book format now, it is here. Do read it, there are some wonderfully written pieces in here and as always, I’d love some feedback on my work.

In other news, I wrote a very interesting piece about a book project for For Books’ Sake. Read it here, and maybe look out for the book!

Musing Mondays (November 18)

Since this is nearer the date, here’s a repeat post 🙂
Also because I’m busy

My Musing:

So, the background being that Book Week Scotland (25 November to 1 December 2013) is about celebrating books and reading in every part of life in Scotland.
More than 330,000 free books will be given away during the Book Week Scotland campaign this year, including 150,000 free copies of a new short story and poem collection celebrating the most treasured possessions of various Scots.

“Treasures” is a free book for all of Scotland to share, celebrating the nation’s most loved possessions. Aaaaaaand, my piece is in it. And, one of the eight book covers doing the rounds of Scotland -Tada! I am going to be in 150,000 books and on the cover of like 37,000!

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More info here:
– http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/reading/book-week-scotland/about

– http://www.publishingscotland.org/news/book-week-scotland-2013/

I know that many of you who follow my blog are published authors and have felt this before. So, to you, I say congratulations again. And to those of you that are aspiring writers, keep writing and keep feeling inspired.

Pick up a copy if you’re in Scotland; what can I say, one more reason to be here!

*skipping around with stupid grin on face*

Musing Mondays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

Describe one of your reading habits.
Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

*Massive NEWS*

So, the background being that Book Week Scotland (25 November to 1 December 2013) is about celebrating books and reading in every part of life in Scotland.
More than 330,000 free books will be given away during the Book Week Scotland campaign this year, including 150,000 free copies of a new short story and poem collection celebrating the most treasured possessions of various Scots.

“Treasures” is a free book for all of Scotland to share, celebrating the nation’s most loved possessions. Aaaaaaand, my piece is in it. And, one of the eight book covers doing the rounds of Scotland -Tada! I am going to be in 150,000 books and on the cover of like 37,000!

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More info here:
– http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/reading/book-week-scotland/about

– http://www.publishingscotland.org/news/book-week-scotland-2013/

I know that many of you who follow my blog are published authors and have felt this before. So, to you, I say congratulations again. And to those of you that are aspiring writers, keep writing and keep feeling inspired.

Pick up a copy if you’re in Scotland; what can I say, one more reason to be here!

*skipping around with stupid grin on face*