N is for Notebook

Notification! N-Day is here, all you nervous and normal narrators and novelists! This is a noteworthy newsflash to nip and neutralize the negativity of the narrow-minded, non-supportive, nasty naysayers… who had the nerve to say:  never, no ways, it will come to naught and you are all nuts, numbskulls and  nincompoops and not likely to nail the challenge. The notorious A to Z nomads are still navigating new territories and discovering new neighbours!

Ever wondered what books would say if they had the chance to express themselves/air their views?

Well, you are about to find out!

All illustrations are by the talented Mary-An. Check out her website HERE

And now you get to play along! What do YOU think the notebook wants to tell us? Post it in the comment section below. Have fun!

 At the end of the challenge, between 02nd and 05th of May, I'm going to announce my favourite "book comment" which will be the one that resonates with me the most!

A REMINDER: the IWSG site will have a corresponding post for each letter/day of the A to Z Challenge so do stop by.

On the Facebook page, a thread will be started for the "letter of the day" and we'd LOVE you to share your A to Z post links on the daily thread – this saves YOU time scrolling through links on the master A to Z sign-up list, especially since people post at different times… some MAY skip letters… dead links etc.

One last thing – don't forget to visit those who stop by your blog!


  1. Mary Aalgaard on April 16, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Good one: spiral out of control. (And, love the word nincompoop.)

    Notebook: Come on, tickle my tummy with your tantalizing tales.

    • Marie Abanga on April 16, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      hahahahahahahahahaha, books fear no one not even naysayers – they call you a noncompoop to your face if you dare say never.

  2. Debi O'Neille, writing against the wind on April 16, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I think the notebook is telling us about the oodle's and oodles of ideas scribbled onto the pages, and urging us to flesh out one of them into a story. 🙂

    Great post.

    Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

  3. Michael Di Gesu on April 16, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    "Jot down something noteworthy…PLEASE! Enough of your gibberish!"


    Hey, Michelle…. 

    Waiting anxiously to hear back from you!

  4. Alex J. Cavanaugh on April 16, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    You've been neglecting me…

  5. C. Lee McKenzie on April 16, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Whatever you do, don't lose me. 

  6. L. Diane Wolfe on April 16, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    You'll just use me and toss me aside!

  7. Crystal Collier on April 16, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    "Use me. I'll keep you straight."

    I LOVE notebooks. It's been a long time since I actually sat down and used one, but man, there's nothing like those crisp pages…

     <a href="http://crystalcollier.blogspot.com">True Heroes from A to Z</a>  

  8. Nana Prah on April 16, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    More! Give me more! Fill me to capacity with your ideas. Sometimes good, sometimes bad.

  9. Tarkabarka on April 16, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    "If you wanted to sit around and doodle all the time maybe you should have gotten a sketchbook. Just sayin'. No, I'm fine."

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from

    <a href="http://multicoloreddiary.blogspot.com">Multicolored Diary</a> – Tales of colors

    <a href="http://hungarykum.blogspot.com">MopDog</a> – The crazy thing about Hungarians…

  10. Jemi Fraser on April 16, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I love notebooks! I have some pretty ones I keep saving for something 'special' – not quite sure what that will be! 🙂

  11. Shelly on April 16, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Your N parAgraph is funny!

  12. Sharon Himsl on April 16, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    "I'm tired of random thoughts. Give me some meat!"

    Laughed at your intro 🙂


  13. S. Katherine Anthony on April 16, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    "…it will come to naught and you are all nuts" LOL

    Notebook: "Come on, Baby! Give me those ideas as they pop into your head! Do it! I dare ya!"

  14. Elizabeth Seckman on April 16, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Be rough on me and I will cut you! 

    (I still have a scar from a spiral notebook…old war wound, you might say 😉

  15. krystal jane on April 17, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Love it! ^_^

    Notebook: Your dreams are only as limited as my pages. 

  16. Lexa Cain on April 17, 2014 at 12:58 am

    In a neighborhood stationary store, the only mini notebooks left were pink. I bought a couple, and I picture them like, "How could they dye me this girly color… I'm so embarrassed…"

  17. Celine on April 17, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Don't worry, you can write whatever you want on me. I'm not like the snobby handscroll, I'll accept your grocery lists, your to do lists, your crappy handwriting, and doddling what your name would look like if you were married to Brad Pitt. I'm a safe space……

    Unless I'm a beautiful leatherbound moleskin, in which case only highbrow philosophical thoughts and quotes from literary masters will do. Written with a fountain pen bien sur.

  18. Leslie Rose on April 17, 2014 at 4:47 am

    When you rip out a page, don't leave that annoying little striplet behind.

  19. Medeia Sharif on April 17, 2014 at 7:27 am

    I know I'm vanilla, and you always return to me. 

  20. Lynda R Young on April 17, 2014 at 11:01 am

    "I'm feeling blank…"

  21. Doreen McGettigan on April 17, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I loved nincompoop. Reminded me of my grandmother, she used to say that.
    Oh how I love my spiral notebooks. If only I could remember which one I wrote what in. I spend a lot of time getting lost in them while looking for something.

  22. Trisha on April 17, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    It seems very yellow, so perhaps it's come down with Yellow Fever in one of the story ideas jotted within?

  23. Jamie Dement (LadyJai) on April 17, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I love all your posts! So fun! I just haven't been able to visit as often as I like with work and TheHubs…my energy is drained, my motivation gone. The only thing I could write in my notebook are little swirlies here and there. Sad really.

    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
    <a href=http://writebackwards.we3dements.com>My A to Z</a>
    <a href=http://caringforaveteran.wordpress.com>Caring for My Veteran</a>


  24. Stephanie Faris on April 17, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I think it's saying, "Hey…you haven't written in a while! Get over here and write something.

  25. Hilary on April 18, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Hi Michelle .. don't muddle my pages … I'm spiralled enough as it is .. 

    Good luck with selecting your winners .. this is going to be some choice!   Cheers Hilary

  26. Beverly (@Bevimus) on April 18, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    My writer's notebook is undoubtedly pissed at me as I haven't written in it in ages…

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