Without further fanfare, here are my Top 5 Author Favorites for August.
1. My Morning Pages Notebook and Cynthia Rowley Pen.
If you follow me anywhere on social media, you've probably seen this notebook. I'm pretty obsessed with it. I found this gold foil hard cover notebook with gilded pages at Burlington Coat Factory for $5. The paper quality is amazing, and it lays flat.
I can't write in a notebook that doesn't lay flat. It drives this lefty nuts.
The pen is one of my favorites. The Cynthia Rowley Pens I buy from Staples, write smooth, don't skip, and feel great in my hand. I'm a heavy handed writer so, ball points always work better for me than felt tip.
I use this combo every morning, and I love it more and more each day.
2. My 18oz Pfaltzgraff Coffee Mug from Dollar Tree
I was did find this for sale on Amazon but they were charging $14 for the thing. Um...no. I bought this bad boy for a buck, and a few of it's friends. The rim of the mug isn't too thick, and the handle is big enough to not burn the crap out of my hand when I hold my preferred scalding hot temp coffee.
It's also dishwasher and microwave safe, which is incredibly important since I get distracted and always have to reheat my coffee. The handle doesn't even get hot after I boil the coffee in the microwave.
The designs on both versions I picked up still look perfect after dozens of washes.
3. Happy Notes by Happy Planner
I have been making my own notebooks with Happy Planner accessories for a few months now. I love these notebooks for brainstorming, webinar note taking, project planning, and I have one I'm revamping to move a book bible into it.
I found out Joanne Fabrics was getting in a line of "Happy Notes", which were basically what I had been piecing together, but with mini discs and cuter (exclusive) paper and dividers. (These aren't online anywhere I can find. You actually have to leave the house to buy them.)
The store called to me, and I checked it out. I WANT THEM ALL. But I stuck with the big size, because for me it makes the most sense. You can punch regular computer paper and insert it without cutting it down into the big size. I had a 40% off coupon, and snagged this baby for $8.
I'm already using it as a brainstorm planner, because of the dot grid paper. My IRWA buddies will see this sucker in action on Saturday at our meeting.
I have amassed far too many sticky notes to admit the actual quantity of them, but let's just say, I don't need to buy any more to feed my current addiction.
Since I got my office set up, I have had my very first book cover front and center over my desk. What started out as a joke, has quickly turned into my favorite part of my planning process.
I'm horrible at remembering ideas without writing them down. And those damn ideas come at the worst possible times. So now, I just get one of the 5 or 6 pads of sticky notes on my desk and slap the idea in front of my face. That way when my mind drifts and my eyes stray from my computer, they have other things to look at and my brain can mull the random thoughts over. Anytime I accomplish something or add the idea as an actionable item in my planner I pluck the note from my picture frame and toss it. This has been working really well to pull back my wandering mind.
5. PrintRun Podcast
This is a podcast I've mentioned before, but I have become absolutely obsessed with it lately.
I am a full value patreon supporter of the show, because I find insane value in listening to these two agents pick apart the queries and first pages of manuscripts from the brave souls who send them in.
The duo who run the podcast talk about everything from publishing news, drama, and social media phenomenon. They also answer submitted questions, and are just plain entertaining.
I knew this had to be on my Top 5 because I was legit STALKING their Twitter to see when yesterday's episode was live. I'm officially obsessed. If you write, are in the publishing industry, or are a reviewer who is tuned into the culture, you'll enjoy this.
Those are my Top 5 August Author Favorites. What are you loving this month? I'd love to hear about it.