5 Lists of 4 Things


4 notebooks I use the most

1. (first from the top) I have no idea what to call this notebook, so on the inside I wrote, “This notebook is a lot of things and does not wish to be labeled.” I use this notebook as a kind of sketchbook, but it’s also where I write down my favorite quotes. Or write out random thoughts that don’t really fit anywhere else. It’s also where I stick all of those post-its that I write random things on.

logbook12. I wrote about logbooks before. I got the idea from Austin Kleon, whose post on the subject is a lot more interesting than mine. It’s essentially a daily list of things about that day. I am terrible at keeping journals, but I’ve been fairly successful at keeping logbooks. You’ll notice that this one says “2011/2013” and that’s because I stopped writing in it at some point in 2011, and in 2012, I got one of those Moleskine daily planners and used that one as a logbook (though I utterly failed at maintaining it for very long that year). And then I picked this one back up back in February, and have been more or less consistent with it.

3. This TBSOL notebook is actually the second TBSOL notebook I have because I filled the last one up. There are four tabs to this notebook: outlines & notes, possibly include, future scenes (outlined), and to type up. Outlines & notes is essentially just that. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, I’m awful at outlines, and have to force myself to do them (because they really do help). In ‘possibly include’ I have a lot of random scenes or conversations that came to me at some point or another but that I’m not certain will make it into the book. In “future scenes (outlined)” I have scenes that I came to me, and I know will make it into the book, but won’t happen until much later. And in “to type up” I have the current scenes/chapters that I’m in the process of writing. I find it easier sometimes to write things out first, especially with scenes that are giving me trouble.

4. The YA Project notebook is in its infancy, but here is where I’m putting together all the building blocks of the YA series I’ll be writing after TBSOL. The other day, for example, I started working on a secret code the girls will use to communicate with – which was a lot of fun. See if you can decipher this message: 9QN01YQ // V1 // VJQ // DQVM // VQMY.

4 things that made me happy

1. Yesterday, Angelica Riascos posted a beautiful review of TBSOL over at her blog.

2. Last night, there was a new episode of The Good Wife. Days in which there’s a new episode of TGW are always very good days. Bonus: there was a new episode of Lost Girl as well!

3. Earlier Angelica drew me this awesome picture for my birthday:


4. This morning, I received a birthday package from Cherri & Ann, and it contained my favorite cookies in da world!


4 writing links I found informative

1. 10 Reasons Writers Should Claim Their Google Authorship Markup

2. 13 Types of Writers’ Blogs – Pros and Cons

3. Carnival of Creativity

4. On Keeping a Notebook in the Digital Age

4 things I drew & posted


2. howpeopletreatyou_quote_idiaz


4. willwriteforcoffee

4 things that entertained me

1. An email I just received from a friend, linking me to a barrel of lube on Amazon. The reviews are pretty epic.

2. All of the things I posted here.

3.The Ms.Scribe Story: An Unauthorized Fandom Biography,” which I stumbled upon entirely by accident the other day. You’ll have to settle in for a very, very long read on that one, and I imagine most people don’t have that kind of time. But I found this whole thing fascinating (and in parts horrifying). The whole fiasco reminded me of a course I took in college called Cyberlit, in which we spent part of the semester studying online scandals. Be careful who you trust on the Internet.

4. And also, this, which Jay posted on my timeline: