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A Notebook for Every Occasion

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A little while ago it was suggested that – given all the mentions of my many notebooks and my header image – I create a post specifically about my notebooks. I’m sure some of you will have many more than I do, and over time I know I will add many more, too! So here are my sixteen notebooks, and what I’m using them for.

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Let’s start with the most important one! The yellow one on the right is the one I plan everything related to Rise of the Sparrows in. It’s where the first ideas about my book were written down in, and it’s where I write all new ideas into now.

The purple one on the left is used for noting down all new photography ideas. Most of them I either don’t have time for or I realise later that they were terrible ideas, but all new ideas land in here. I also put all other creative ideas in there, so it’s a bit of a catch-all for new artistic projects.

The red one in the middle I use for writing down all quotes I find and love. I admit I’m not using it as often as I should, but the collection of quotes is slowly growing. Some of the weekly quotes I’ve posted on here have been from inside this notebook!

Everywhere I go I take these three with me. They are the main seat of all new ideas and lovely quotes, and my bag feels empty if I leave one of them behind.

And yes, they are all the same, colour aside. If I find something I like I buy it in every colour available.


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Apart from ‘Rise of the Sparrows’ I also write a bunch of other things, just for fun and to write something else here and there. This pretty blue-with-green-dots (I really like dots) notebook is where I plan all of those and jot down new ideas for them.

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I note down just about everything in these two. Both of them came to uni with me (the one on the left is completely filled up with lecture notes and research) and I also write down anything else that comes to mind but doesn’t fit my other notebooks. Shopping lists, phone numbers, recipes, you name it! If I don’t have a notebook specifically for it, it goes in here.


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Exactly the same as the two above, but look! It’s special! See? It’s got a different type of paper half-way through! I had to have it!

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Now these I haven’t actually used in a while. The left one I used as a sort-of diary, but specifically related to photography thoughts. I practised automatic writing in this so my writing is quite messy in places since I didn’t stop to think or correct myself. You’d probably call it ‘intelligible scribbles’ all the way through.

The one on the right was used to help me plan new posts for my first photography blog, Inspired. Inspired is still up but I haven’t posted on there in a long time, and I doubt I ever will again. It’s been too quiet for too long, you know? (having said, sometimes I still get the random new follower here and there) When I revive my current photography blog Photographic Short Stories I will possibly use it for that, but right now neither of them are being used.

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These four pretties I use to learn Japanese (you’ll find I have many very random hobbies). Let’s go through them in order of usage – the one on the bottom right was the first book I started for this, and contains all grammar and vocabulary I could fit before it got filled up. The one on the top left is the continuation of that. The one on the top right is used for all the kanji I learn, and the one on the bottom left is entirely for revision (see picture on the right). Since I’m teaching myself rather than taking taught classes it’s a little slow going at times.


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Sadly I also haven’t used this one in a while. As you’ll know I write a short 10-Minute story every Monday morning. This book was used for something similar, but with no timer telling me when to stop. Everything in here is improvised and written without me thinking about it. I’ve used it to get out of tricky parts and sometimes to write in bed right after waking up. Similar to one notebook above most of my writing is quite messy in this one and difficult to decipher even for me.


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I really, really want to be able to draw and paint well, so this little book was purchased as a scrapbook. As you can see by my tree I’m very talented! (or not) Needless to say, there isn’t much in there.


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Nothing as exciting as a new notebook! This little one was given to me as a present for my birthday (my friends get me) and I have yet to break it in… I love new notebooks because anything could happen, all the possibilities are still there! Will I plan a new book? Will I use it for random thoughts I think I might use later? Will it simply be another book for shopping lists? There are so many options! Opening a brand new notebook is always an exciting thing for me, and one I’ll never get tired off.

So these are all my (current) notebooks. How many have you got and what do you use them for? Let’s compare notes!


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  1. I’ve been waiting for this post 😉 WOW you have quite a collection… and I have to admit I’m a little bit impressed that you have some for learning Japanese. Lots of hobbies, lots of notebooks. It’s logical to me 🙂

    • I know you have! 😉 And yes, there are quite a few of them! I think I have to readjust how I store them actually, keeping them as a tower doesn’t seem like such a good idea any more. It’s getting difficult to remove one without the others toppling over!

      • You need a bookshelf just for your notebooks! 😉

  2. The colors are pretty. 🙂

    I’m talking about your notebooks. I’m not on drugs or anything.

    • I’m glad you clarified! 🙂
      And they are, I love buying the same notebook in every available colour.

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