Welcome v.4

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 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.

updates

  • 8.01.2015
    +1 New Poem. Check out Rise Above Cancer by Emma-Leigh in the poetry section!
    7.31.2015
    Added lots of new paintings! Be sure to check it out in the Art section.
    7.26.2015
    Sorry for the sparse amount of updates! Rest assured, I'm still around and updating the site. In other news, Notebook just became affiliates with Page Turner!


  • 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 separated into different sections for your convenience.

    Short Stories

    None.

    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:


    Rise Above Cancer
    By emmie1989

    Rise above Cancer*
    That's what
    Should be said
    ******
    Females and Males
    Joining together
    In this known fight
    ******
    The fight for survival
    We are aware,
    How this fight feels
    ******
    Scared and worrying
    People maybe
    Show them we care
    ******
    Lets Rise above Cancer
    This October and
    Share the awareness
    ******
    Join the fight
    All year round
    Lets stamp Cancer
    To the ground.

    *Catchphase of WWE's John Cena and Susan G Kowen














    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.

    Drawings and Paintings

    Current Art: (drag and drop)
    By haille_horse_lover

    By gemstones_1

    By sufficio

    By rileygalen

    By j_e_v_e

    By lionlover33333

    By snowstorm4444

    By humppalulla

    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

    New spotlight coming soon!
    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

    Notebook was founded on May 12, 2011 by water_ocean_4. Wanting to create a place where artists and writers could showcase their work, Water thought the best way to do that would be to dedicate a site to that mission. From that point on, Notebook began to expand vastly, adding more and more user submissions and even adding extra features, such as competitions, proofreading, and more. Notebook began to be recommended at many notable sites, and even went on to win awards at competition sites. A couple of years later, however, Notebook took a three year long hiatus, remaining dormant until its revival on May 31, 2015. Getting even bigger and better than ever, Notebook will always be around for the creative Neopians out there.

    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, Dragon's Lair, and Autumn Rain.

    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 made this page to showcase some of the work that I've done with writing and art. Writing is one of my passions, and to me, writing is a gateway to a world of endless possibilities. So with that in mind, I'd like to show you a glimpse of what the inside of my head is like and what inspires me to be creative.

    my tab

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    Link Back

    Credit linked to the buttons.




    sister site

    None! Apply?

    Affies

    Affies are open. Neomail me if you are interested.

    Listers

    Reviews

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    Layout and coding made by Jewlz at

  • Content © Water.
  • Textures from Details, sosuftw & kiwicide.
  • Bullets, signs and placeholders from Bejeweled.
  • Mail/open/closed signs by Foomanshu.
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