Audio Sighting? “Corduroy Mansions”

Vicki Johnson, Moleskine sighting super-sleuth sent this latest missive: "Just thought I'd let you know that "a Moleskine" is mentioned several times in Alexander McCall Smith's online novel, Corduroy Mansions. I became smitten with this method of "reading" a book…daily... Read More


NaNoWriMo 2008

What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month’s time. Who: You! We can’t do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let’s write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together. Why: The reasons are endless!... Read More


Writers: Do You Carry?

Regular contributor Steve Osborne shares a new article on his blog ( about writers carrying notebooks around with them — in his case, the pocket-sized Moleskine notebook. "All summer I’ve been wearing loose-fitting shorts, most of which have cargo pockets.... Read More


Inspiration: Blog Post Idea Generator

Hit the button to generate 5 ideas. " * Write about your most boring evening ever.    * Write about something that makes you cry.    * Compare the pros and cons of an issue.    * Form a blog... Read More


Inspiration: 300 Love Letters

Lovely site, timeless concept. Letters and letters and letters. Letters about a moment in time, our paths crossing, to a cute boy that passes on the street, or an old woman feeding the pigeons. Letters to old friends, "Remember that... Read More


Guy Maddin and his diaries

The Nation’s Christine Smallwood interviews Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin "injects a cocktail of nostalgia, fairy-tale mystery and existential terror into a highly stylized world that recalls the herky-jerky dreaminess of early twentieth-century cinema." His works include Tales From the Gimli... Read More


Ponder: Have You Been “Called” to Write?

In a new post, Steve Osborne  mentions how important it is for writers (or wanna be writers) to have something like a Moleskine notebook on hand at all time, and references my own use of a Moleskine notebook. I think... Read More


Writing at the Raffles

A Singapore Sling in one hand, a notebook in the other, Kathryn Heyman tackles writer’s block in colonial-era grandeur. I’m a disappointment to the butler. "Hello," he says, "I’m Ed, your butler. What can I do for you?" "Perhaps you... Read More


Write Yourself Well

Steve Osborne has a new article on the therapeutic effects of journaling in his blog. "Writing is therapy. Socrates claimed that the unexamined life is not worth living. Taking the time to honestly document your soul on paper is a... Read More


Ultimate Note-Taking

I was walking down a street in Istanbul near the Hagia Sophia when loudspeakers atop an army of high minarets began blaring the Muslim prayers. I stopped, pulled a small audio recorder out of my over-the-shoulder bag (a manly bag,... Read More