Author a Month is back! January Finalists

Thank you to everyone who shared with myMoleskine last month.
You can help decide who will be the selected one for January 2014 among the three most active on myMoleskine authors. View the artworks here:

Temazcal (Traditional Spa, Mexico) Contributed by Dane

Temazcal (Traditional Spa, Mexico) Contributed by Dane

Temazcal (Traditional Spa, Mexico) - Contributed by Dane

Neighboring town - Contributed by Sadamu Asami

Neighboring town - Contributed by Sadamu Asami

Neighboring town – Contributed by Sadamu Asami

Ciliwung River, Jakarta - Contributed by Yeekee Ku

Ciliwung River, Jakarta - Contributed by Yeekee Ku

Ciliwung River, Jakarta - Contributed by Yeekee Ku

Join in by voting for your favorite upload this month here.

Share in myMoleskine this month to be considered for next month’s finalists.

The winner of last Author a Month is Miren Laluna.

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Handwriting Day. For the Love of Pen and Paper

#mHDay - MalalaYousafzai

#mHDay - MalalaYousafzai

We love the act handwriting; the tools involved, the things it can create. The flick of the wrist and positioning of the hand to create a tactile projection of one’s ideas and passions. How one’s pen seduces the page of their notebook with every crossed T, dotted I, and leaning accent. We think that our fans would agree, when we say that it is one of the most personal and pleasurable actions of our daily lives.

#mHDay - Joe Gebbia

#mHDay - Joe Gebbia

On January 23rd we will celebrate Handwriting Day, a holiday solely dedicated to your very unique and individualistic script, for the second year. On that day, we ask you to free yourselves from the QWERTY keyboards and bridge the gap between your thoughts and social media updates using your pens and styluses. Share your handwritten musings on Twitter and Instagram using #mHDay and #HandwritingDay.

Friends of Moleskine, like Airbnb founder, Joe Gebbia, and Seth Combs, co-founder of Sol Republic have already submitted handwritten posts of their own: http://imgur.com/a/Y1nsi

To be in with a chance of winning a cornucopia of Moleskine tools, all you need to do is upload your handwritten status update to myMoleskine before February 4th as part of our Creativity Challenge. If it gets the most votes you could be sorted for all your writing and drawing needs for a little while!

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The Creativity Challenge


Towards the end of 2013 we began a weekly call to arms, sort of like a homework assignment but more fun, more creative and more social. We called it the #CreativityChallenge. We were blown over by the variety,  originality and resourcefulness of the many entries we received: so many of you from around the world contributed your hacks, photos, drawings and sketches responding to each theme and each week you voted for your favorite uploads.

We have good news: we’ve decided to continue the new year as we mean to go on, which means extending the #CreativityChallenge into 2014. Every two weeks we’ll set you a different theme to make your own for the chance to win a special package of Moleskine treats, including special editions, custom-made notebooks and objects from our writing, reading and travelling collections.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page to make sure you don’t miss each challenge, and check out all the past winners: http://bit.ly/creativity-challenge.

Good luck, and happy handmaking!

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An Author A Month – November Finalists

Thank you to everyone who shared with myMoleskine last month.

We have narrowed down the uploads to 3 finalists for you to vote for your favorite this month.

My Andalucia - GRANADA - Contributed by Vittorio D'Uva

My Andalucia - GRANADA - Contributed by Vittorio D'Uva

My Andalucia – GRANADA - Contributed by Vittorio D’Uva

Adahy - Contributed by Fabrice Plas

Adahy - Contributed by Fabrice Plas

Adahy - Contributed by Fabrice Plas

Fly me to the Moon - Contributed by Miren Laluna

Fly me to the Moon - Contributed by Miren Laluna

Fly me to the Moon - Contributed by Miren Laluna

Join in by voting for your favorite upload this month here.

Share in myMoleskine this month to be considered for next month’s finalists.

 

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Moleskine Features Maggie Cheung Man-yuk in a Special Edition Notebook

Moleskine Features Maggie Cheung Man-yuk in a Special Edition Notebook

Moleskine Features Maggie Cheung Man-yuk in a Special Edition Notebook

As the Golden Horse Film Festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary, Moleskine has created a special edition notebook featuring the Festival Ambassador and one of the most iconic Asian actresses of our time, Maggie Cheung.

Having worked with some of the Asian film industry’s most prominent representatives in the past, this year Moleskine have forged a new notebook concept to celebrate this celebrated actress. This special edition design concept is born out of the collaboration between Hong Kong photographer Wing Shya and the Taiwanese graphic designer Aaron Nieh.

The paper band wrapped around the notebook features an elegant black and white portrait of the actress while the notebook cover features this year’s artwork.

Maggie Cheung said, “I feel very honoured to be the Golden Horse Film Ambassador and I give my full support to this special event. I hope that I can make the Golden Horse 50th Anniversary and Chinese-language cinema more internationally known.”

At Moleskine we’re also thrilled to be taking part in this special event, taking our passion for cinematic talent further and celebrating the talents of an extraordinary actress.

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2013 A Year with Proust

Illustration by Chris Bonnell

Illustration by Chris Bonnell, and is part of a collection of Proust Portraits currently on display at the Moleskine Store in SoHo, NYC.

New York Fans! Moleskine invite you to a series of events celebrating the centennial of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, hosted in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Swann’s Way, the first volume of In Search of Lost Time, will be read in its entirety at a number of different venues in New York City. Each location will echo a major theme of the night’s text: a hotel bedroom, for the famous opening pages; a forest, for Proust’s childhood in the countryside; a theater, to evoke the writer’s fascination with actors; a nightclub, to recall Swann’s late-night searches for Odette…

Moleskine has curated live drawing events for each reading featuring students and alumni from the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay department at the School of Visual Arts.

Friday, November 8th – 6:30PM to 10PM : Wythe Hotel // 80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn – EVENT FULL
Saturday, November 9th – 10AM to 1PM : SoHo Rep. //  46 Walker Street, NYC
Sunday, November 10th – 11AM to 2PM : New York Botanical Garden // 2900 Southern Blvd, BX
Monday, November 11th – 6:30PM to 10PM : The Oracle Club // 10-41 47th Avenue, Queens
Tuesday, November 12th – 7PM to 10PM : Simone Subal Gallery // 131 Bowery, New York, NYC
Wednesday, November 13th – 10PM to 1AM : Le Baron Chinatown // 32 Mulberry Street, NYC***

** Event Requires RSVP: bookoffice@frenchculture.org

For Information go to: http://frenchculture.org/books/festivals/2013-year-proust

#NomadicReading

 

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An Author A Month – October Finalists

Thank you to everyone who shared with myMoleskine last month.

We have narrowed down the uploads to 3 finalists for you to vote for your favorite this month.

IN Form 02 – Contributed by Paulo Lobato Marques

IN Form 02 – Contributed by Paulo Lobato Marques

IN Form 02 – Contributed by Paulo Lobato Marques

168 of 365 – Contributed by Mitografia

168 of 365 – Contributed by Mitografia

 168 of 365 – Contributed by Mitografia

Magical Ferry Fairy – Contributed by Bernie Petterson

Magical Ferry Fairy – Contributed by Bernie Petterson

Magical Ferry Fairy – Contributed by Bernie Petterson

Join in by voting for your favorite upload this month here.

Share in myMoleskine this month to be considered for next month’s finalists.

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And the winners of #sketchIIDEX are…

IDC and RAIC held #sketchIIDEX, a Twitter-based sketching competition which took place as part of IIDEX Canada, on September 26 and 27 at the Direct Energy Centre.

Student members from both associations were encouraged to walk the show floor and sketch something show stopping on their mobile device, or in one of the Moleskine notebooks located in the IDC and RAIC lounge. All submissions were uploaded to Twitter and judged by a panel of three to determine the best sketches.

And the winners are…
1st prize: Elizabeth Johnston-Howard, Student, Fanshawe College
2nd prize: Marwa Talal, Student, Algonquin College
3rd prize: Katrina Clancy, Student, Ryerson University

Our 1st prize winner will receive airfare and accommodations to NeoCon 2014 and a Moleskine prize pack, the 2nd prize winner will receive an iPad mini and a Moleskine prize pack, and the 3rd prize winner will receive a Moleskine prize pack.

Congratulations to all winners!

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The Books The World Wrote

Is it possible to have a book written by hundreds of authors?
That is the question The Books The World Wrote project is working on now. The project has recently started with four Moleskine notebooks sent out around the world (one currently in the US, two in the UK and the last in Australia). We reached out to the creator, Mark Lawrence, to learn more about this project.

thebookstheworldwrote.com

What inspired you to start this project?
Mark - It all started in a creative writing class I attended a few years ago. We were tasked with writing a story each week, so I suggested to everyone that we write one together instead. Each person wrote a bit at a time, then read it to the class. What came out was so unique and fun I wanted to raise the stakes and share the idea with more writers. I’ve always had a love of writing and especially the written word – it’s so personal and says so much about us. Sadly, it’s something that’s lost in today’s digital age.

What are your hopes for the project?
Mark - I hope as the quest continues around the world and that people will feel genuinely inspired by it. Imagine getting a book where 50 or so other writers from all over the world have contributed to it! I hope it inspires all those who came into contact with a book, and those around them.

How can we stayed update on the project?
Mark – I aim to write regular updates on Twitter, so that the story of the Books’ journey stays just as interesting as the Books’ narratives themselves.

Who can take part?
Mark – Unfortunately, the only way to take part is to be handed a book. But I’d say you can follow the progress on twitter and spread the word. Maybe even start one in your own Moleskine book and let us know about it? Maybe start one at your school or college campus?

How do you select the authors?
Mark – The beauty is that I can’t. Each author must decide who to send it to next, they’re in control. This means the books live or die by the generosity and creative energy of each scribe. Without it, it dies. I find it incredibly inspiring that people would invest their time in such a project. If successful, it will be a wonderful example of collaborative creation :)

Thanks for sharing with us Mark!

You can follow the story at: http://thebookstheworldwrote.com/index.html

Or on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tbtww

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Why keep a notebook?

Agata Mleczko is a travel blogger who has been around the world and was kind enough to share with us her 6 reasons for keeping a travel journal.

Agata Mleczko - NullnFull.com

Agata Mleczko - NullnFull.com

The real journey is a serious matter. If you wish to experience the world through all you senses you need to leave your comfort zone behind and be prepared for the challenges you have never faced before. I have been travelling for years and this is a sort of breathtaking experience and a very difficult process at the same time. The real journey gets to you and it changes you. This is important to keep a good balance between the new and old things, to keep track of the events and make the most of your journey. I find my travels powerful and fulfilling for many reasons, one of which is constant update of the way I see the world. And my way to do it is through writing.

Agata Mleczko - NullnFull.com

Agata Mleczko - NullnFull.com

To Capture A Moment
Taking pictures is one thing. Remembering your journey is quite another. Although I am taking hundreds of photos and making some short clips it should never substitute the real memories. I agree that some beautiful spots are impossible to describe but the pictures taken have a nasty side effect: when you watch it hundred times they slowly take place of the way you remembered things. I went to the Swedish part of Lapland once and took my Moleskine with me making notes every day, running a sort of travel diary. Despite taking 800 pictures in 10 days the most precious thing was still the content of my notebook. When I read it after three months since I got back from Lapland I was surprised how quick I was forgetting things. Short stories or funny words- it all brings your memories back.

To Keep Track Of The Journey
If you travel once a year it is easy to remember places visited, people met and things seen. When you drive 25,000 km in four months it is much less so. It’s not that I record every second of my travels. Rather, I capture the memorable events so I could get back to them when I needed. Writing things down make it possible to re-enter your experience after years passed. Written word, more than a simple picture, brings you back to a situation described with every detail. Details impossible to capture on a photo but so much more important!

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To Evaluate My Experiences
Having a habit of writing down the events of the day allows you to think about them again. Often, when days are packed with places and people you can’t follow them in a real time. The journey force you to stay attached to a present rather than consider the general issues. Writing things down is a good opportunity to cope with emotions and reflections accumulated during the day. When doing notes it happens to me that I realize I wish to meet someone again or visit the same place twice. The advantage of daily writing is that it is sometimes possible to do it while you’re still there, rather than regretting this after getting back home.

To Get Involved
This might be weird but people keep to start conversation about my writing. It happened few times that other travelers were interested in my making notes and they started to ask questions about it which- obviously- often turned out to be an interesting exchange of our travel experiences. This is also true for keeping in touch after you get back home: having addresses written down in a place where you won’t lost them is crucial. I’m still in touch with a bunch of people met when I travelled here and there. No need to write embarrassing things about losing somebody’s card BEFORE I started using Moleskine.

To Escape
Surprised? Well, there are some difficult moments when you travel, no doubt about it. Even if they don’t happen often it is still important to have your own mode to deal with unpleasant aspects of travelling. If the new place is overwhelming, is shouting at you with vivid colors and unbearable noise you can always turn to writing. It distracts your attention from annoying person or event and helps you to calm down when things get nasty. I’m not saying that writing resolves every travel problem but in my case it helped me too many times to not appreciate it.

Agata Mleczko - nullnfull.com

To Write My Own Story
My Moleskine is my own version of my story. And it gives me enormous pleasure to watch somebody reading it. My closest friends enjoy this privilege and I totally love the moment when they read something funny I wrote the day before and suddenly they laugh. And I get rewarded for the effort I made when I travelled and wrote everything down. Because smile is priceless.

 

About Agatha
More posts written by Agata at: http://nullnfull.com/
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