Welcome

You enter a serene library, with people smiling at you as you walk by. As you venture forward, a young lady suddenly stops you. Hello there! I'm Water, the head librarian here. Would you like me to show you some of the most popular books? You nod your head and follow her. As you walk through the aisles, you approach the back of the library. There sits a large book on an empty table. As you take a closer look you see that it simply reads Notebook. You slowly open it, realizing that this is no ordinary notebook.

Welcome to Notebook, a new writing site for those who want to express their creativity and passions. Notebook was made on May 12, 2011 by me, Water. We strive to satisfy your writing needs with tips, tricks, and extras. Sound cool so far? Then keep on reading.

So why name the site Notebook? Well, I have many friends who are amazing writers. Yet all of their wonderful work is stored away in their notebooks or journals. Here, I wanted to create a place where everyone will feel like this is their own little notebook, where they can release their creativity onto the page and to let everyone have a chance to read their masterpiece.


















Rules

There are a few rules to follow before you submit your work to the site. These are partly my rules and TNT's rules, so please abide by them.

Make sure it's appropriate- Even though submissions at Notebook don't have to be Neo related, they still have to be appropriate and much follow TNT's rules.
NO stolen work- If it has been found out that you have stolen someone else's work, then you will be reported. All work must be your original idea. If you use another person's ideas or work with another person (with permission, of course!), they must be credited.
Please be somewhat literate- Use the best punctuation and grammar as possible. I will go back over your work and correct any spelling mistakes and the like, but please do most of your own proofreading or have a friend help you.
Put long submissions on a petpage- If your submission is longer than one neomail, then please put it on a petpage. It will make everything a lot easier.
Be creative- Yes, this could be counted as a rule. Use your imagination, explore different areas of writing. After all, this isn't a class assignment. This is your own personal writing notebook.

Submit

So do you want to submit your work to be in the Notebook? Well, all you have to do is fill out the form and neomail it to me and I'll put it up.



















Stories

This is the Stories section. Listed here are the Short Stories, New Series, and Ongoing Series. They are all seperated into different sections for your convenience.

Short Stories

Calm, One Shot, Ignorance, Professionally Unprofessional, Clouds, Judged, Sudden, Remembering, and Faded by jumpinggirl95

New Series

None.

Ongoing Series

None.

Notebook Tip: When writing a story, make sure to grab the reader's attention with it. Opening paragraphs should be interesting, and are a great way to grab attention.


















Poetry

This is the Poetry section. Be sure to check out the wonderful selections below.

Current Poetry:


Describing Me
By crittercraz

I'd rather be a comma
than a full-on stop.
I'd rather be quite grounded
than up upon a treetop.

I'd rather do some borrowing
than do a straight-end swap.
I'd rather live some truth
than hide behind and eavesdrop.

I'd rather not a downpour
but just a single raindrop.
I'd rather not a flood
but just a single teardrop.













Untitled
By crittercraz

Wet, wet
Wet with sweat.
Run, run
Shoot your gun.
Fight, flight
Which is right?
Fool, fool.
War is cruel.












Imagination
By aworldruledbymuffins

Come, little one, let's go for a ride
Let's walk down the boulevards
And
soar through the skies
I'll whisk you away to the mountains afar
We'll
walk through the plains
And ride on a star
We'll tour through the
valleys
Amble through trees
Wander through the alleys
We'll swim
through the seas
Battle dust storms in the deserts
Glide on the chilled
arctic breeze
Yes, my darling, I'll take you there
I, Imagination, do
solemnly swear,
That I will take you anywhere













Little Strawberry
By meow_meow101

Lonely Sitting,
on the ground.
Ripe and ready,
yet no one has found
it's beautiful color,
it's succulent taste.
Someone must find it,
and eat it with haste.
Because if they don't
and it stays there all day,
it will rot very sadly,
so eat it I say!













I Lay Here
By raynn13

I lay here
Staring upward
Up
Up
Up
I lay here
On the futon
Sticking to the sheets
On a hot, hot summer night
I'm laying here
Afraid to close my eyes
I'm laying here
Scared to sleep again
I see them
Shadows
Moving on the walls
I'm scared.

I lay here
Staring upward
Up
Up
Up
I lay here
Watching my memories
As they rip through my head
As they tear down
Safe walls
I'm laying here
Watching death
As it laughs at me
And takes my loved ones from me
I'm laying here
Terrified
Paralysed by fear
I need to go back.

I lay here
Staring upward
Up
Up
Up
I lay here
My mind healing into
One painful scar
Can't take it anymore
I'm laying here
Listening to white noise
White noise and death
I can't escape it
I'll never sleep again.













Hope is coming... Hope is coming
By gnmurphy

Death Looms Above,
Trees Break, Shadows Move, Wolves Howl,
Life is near none, for we are sent to die,
but hope is coming. hope is coming.
--
Tree Branches Break, young kits wake,
The ever night grows darker and darker,
The moon goes to blood, but yet,
Hope is coming. Hope is coming.
--
Sun Breaks through the dark sky,
The moon sets down on the horizen, and is replaced with a sun,
Black turns to Blue, plants come to life,
Hope has come. Hope has come.












Untitled
By br0ctagon

Frame your mind,
put it in a box.
never think too far
out of the realm

Dreams are gone
you're all that's left
and you just don't want to get hurt again
it's all over

I had a dream
and you took it
and so now
I don't dream so much anymore














Notebook Tip: Poetry is anything that you make it to be. It can be your heart and soul put into words, or it could be describing a breathtaking view you stumble across. The possibilities are endless.


















Art

This is where you can submit your art, comics, or photography. Just neomail me and I'd be happy to put up your work.

Art

Current Art: (drag and drop)
By angelarielm

By haille_horse_lover

By gemstones_1

By sufficio

By yamap21

By rileygalen

By j_e_v_e

By lionlover33333

By snowstorm4444

Comics

Current Comics: None currently.

Photography

Current Photography: (drag and drop)
By lionlover33333


















Competitions

This is Notebook's Competition Section. Here is where you can enter your piece of art to see if it's the best of them all. We have three different sections, the Short Story Competition, the Poetry Competition, and the Comic Competition. Each category is divided into different sections. Good luck!
Please note that no actual neopoints/item prizes will be given away.
Also, please limit votes to one vote per entry. One vote allowed for each category.

Entering:

Open until TBD

Voting:

Voting is from TBD




You could even put these nifty buttons up to remind people to vote for you!



Short Story Competition

Rules for the competition are simple, all you have to do is write a short story that goes along with the current theme. Please put it on a blank petpage. The theme is the base of your work, so remember to match it. The petpage you enter must be blank, or else it will be too confusing.

Current Theme: Write about a summer vacation gone wrong. What struggles do your characters have to go through?

Current Entries: None.

Comment Box
Submit?

None.

Poetry Competition

Write a poem matching our current theme. Make sure to put it on a blank petpage so things don't get too confusing. Good luck!

Current Theme: Write about a type of scenery that makes you feel at peace, or that nothing could go wrong.

Current Entries:
None.

Comment Box
Submit?

None.

Comic Competition

Create a comic relating to our current theme. Please put the comic on a blank petpage so things don't get confusing. Good luck!

Current Theme: Make a comic about summer plans. Will it go smoothly, or will there be chaos?

Current Entries:None.

Comment Box
Submit?

None.

Awards

Here are some graphics you can pick up depending on how you did in the competitions. Please take only the ones that apply to you!
Credit linked to graphics

Competition History

Poetry Competition May 2011
Winner- That Girl
Runner Up- I don't want to be me


















Extras

Welcome to the Extras section. Here you will find different things off of the main site to help you with your art and writing. Just click on the links below to get started.

Proofreading
Do you need your work proofread? Then this is the place for you.
Spotlight
Information about Notebook's Spotlight can be found here.
Story Starters
Having a case of the writer's block? Then take a look at these story starters to jump start your imagination.
Notebook's Achievements/History
Find out about Notebook's past, with extras like achievements, awards, fanmail, and surprises.
Story Tellers
Create a story together with others as you add on your own part of the chain.


















Spotlight

I bet you've seen the Spotlight on the front page, hm? Well, then welcome to Notebook's Spotlight Page! I choose which sites are the Spotlight based on how creative they are and how high-quality they are. The owners of the chosen site will then get to add a graphic to their page (which can be found below) and will have their site up on Notebook's front page for awhile. Hopefully your site will be a lucky one.

Notebook Spotlight


Classical is the unique and awesome competition site made by my good friend, Cindy! With great competitions, loads of extras, and a beautiful new layout, Classical is definitely a great site to check out. Be sure to enter your site today!
Info?



past spotlights




















Story Starters

So let's say you wanted to write a fabulous story, but didn't know where to start? Welcome to Notebook's Story Starters, a section where you kind find that perfect thing to help you get started. Below are a few different story starters you can use. Go ahead and check them out. If you do use any of these, please link back to Notebook with a button or such.

Idea by br0ctagon. Thanks so much!
Want to add some of your own? Neomail me.



By br0ctagon

In my whole life I've not seen nor done anything amazing, I've never held a certain item others wanted, obtaining envious stares, or blinding jealousy. Everything I'd ever done or seen or experienced wasn't in anyway out of the ordinary. I never asked for any of it, either, by choice, no but by unwillingness, I became a nothing, doings, saying, and experiencing nothing.
I remember when I was 6 and my mom brought home this Cinderella dress and I loved it so much that I wouldn't take it off, even when I took a shower. After I got out, all of the glitter and things that made it look so beautiful had washed off, or had been worn down. I didn't want it anymore; the useless red fabric sadly got tossed into the garbage.
My life is the Cinderella dress, nothing to make it special, going slowly into the garbage.

By br0ctagon

Every night I lie in my bed and wonder if this life choice is the best for me. I mean, if you've ever read a comic book, or watched the latest episode of Batman, you know that the evil villain is a cold, dark being. The bad guy (or girl) never has anyone, they just pop up, sometimes, they have a little sidekick/slave, but can you imagine "The Joker" with a family, friends, and a job? Felons in awesome costumes don't just pop out of nowhere though, they have lives, boring, unaccredited lives, but lives nonetheless.




















Proofreading

So you're just about to get that site open? Or you're just about to apply for a review? Well, I know you don't want to have a lot of mistakes in your work, so that's why I created Notebook's Proofreading. Here, you can request for me to proofread your work so you'll get the scores you've earned. Just please make sure requests are open before you ask.





Waiting List:
1. None
2. None
3. None

Completed Editing
None currently.



















Notebook's Achievements/History

about notebook

Coming soon.

past layouts

achievements/awards

(Hover for description)



Featured at Soroptimist on May 23, 2011.
Ranked #1 at Spark.
Ranked #2 at A Small List.
Recommended at Soroptimist, Elle's Help Guide, A Small List, Spark, Brave Directory, and Dragon's Lair.

fanmail

fan club

Are you a fan of Notebook? Then here's some graphics that you can put up on your userlookup, petpage, or anywhere else!




(500x200 at full size)



















Story Tellers

Coming soon!


























My Page

My name is Water and I'm your average, insane girl. I'm the type of person who surprises you at the most random times. Most people didn't know I was a writer until a entered a contest and won. So this is just my page of the Notebook, where I doodle my dreams and express my side of sanity.

my tab

U/C


















Sitely

link back

Credit linked to the buttons.


sister site

None! Apply?

affies

Affies are open. Neomail me if you are interested.

listers

reviews

v1.

v2.

v3.

my other site


iSite is my other site, made especially for site owners. Here you can find a variety of helpful and fun things to help your site.

Credits

Layout from Brieta made with a coding base from Shea used with permission.
Header 2 from Checkmate.
Paper textures from overdosse at deviantArt.
Leather textures from For-Certain at deviantArt.
Dashed line brush from Aless1984 at deviantArt.
Mail/open/closed signs by Foomanshu.
Emoticons by Sugarrush.
Back buttons by The Lunch Box.
Content by Water.


Started on 5/14/11.

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6/21/12

Don't worry guys I'm still alive. My internet has been acting weird lately so I haven't had much time to get on. I'll let you know when things are working properly again.

5/26/12

I'mmmm backkkkkk! Did ya miss me? ;) I know I know it's been forever since I've updated, but I want to try to get the site going again. I've missed it! And wow, Notebook is already over a year old. Time really flies.
Cleared closed affies/listers



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