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“Funny how it’s only paper that lasts.” Notes after a second viewing of Blade Runner 2049

October 17, 2017 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Movies, Notebooks 2 Comments →

(It’s getting longer and longer.)


Start the working week with Seneca the Stoic

September 04, 2017 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, History, Notebooks 4 Comments →

Read Seneca on the Antidote to Anxiety in Brain Pickings.

From 100 Days of Overthinking by Maria Sanoja

Dear Moleskine,

As a loyal Moleskine user I am dismayed that your recent Limited Edition notebooks (Avengers, Beatles, etc) are available with ruled pages only. Consider that many of the people who shell out uncomplainingly for your expensive merchandise are the sort of people who appreciate the freedom of plain, unlined pages. I am close to deserting Moleskine for Leuchtturm 1917 or those Romeo spiral notebooks by Itoya, both of which have pristine, heavier paper. Only habit and my preference for seeing rows and rows of notebooks of the same height but differently-colored spines (and your flat-opening pages) keep me faithful. Will it kill you to put out a few Rolling Stones Moleskines with plain pages?


Writing basics: Always carry a notebook.

June 29, 2017 By: jessicazafra Category: Notebooks, Workshops No Comments →

David Sedaris does.

This advice has worked for us for many years, so at our Writing Boot Camp in July, we’re issuing these pocket notebooks to participants.

Paper cover pocket Moleskine journals I futzed with.

The objective is simple: to start and finish a piece of writing (a short story, a personal essay, or a piece of fanfiction) in two weekends.

Dates: July 22 and 29, 2017, from 1-5pm.
Venue: WSI Corporate Center, Metropolitan Avenue, Makati (near the Makati fire station at the end of Ayala Avenue)
Cost: Php6,000, but if you pay on or before June 30, 2017, you only pay Php5,000.

For inquiries and to book a place, email

Irony in daily life

August 14, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Notebooks No Comments →


The North remembers to send handwritten letters.

July 25, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Notebooks, Television 1 Comment →

because sending ravens doesn’t tell the full story.

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Dear Jon,

The DNA test results are in. You are a Stark. . .on your mother’s side.


I am writing this on House stationery so you know I’m not Littlefinger. The information could fill the notebook but the blasted thing has lines and I cannot write on lined paper.


Here is my seal.

House Stark and House Targaryen stationery boxes, Php1679 at National Bookstores.

How fiction molds us, changes our beliefs, and promotes a deep morality

May 25, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Notebooks 3 Comments →

direwolf pocket
The Limited Edition Game of Thrones Moleskines have arrived at National Bookstores. No one joined our Summarize GoT for Newbies contest, so they’re all ours. Even the ones with lined pages, which we will use because we love the direwolves. The pocket-size notebook with Summer and Bran (unlined), Php1160. Hodor. We learn about honor and duty from Hodor. Love that causality loop.

Until recently, we’ve only been able to guess about the actual psychological effects of fiction on individuals and society. But new research in psychology and broad-based literary analysis is finally taking questions about morality out of the realm of speculation.

This research consistently shows that fiction does mold us. The more deeply we are cast under a story’s spell, the more potent its influence. In fact, fiction seems to be more effective at changing beliefs than nonfiction, which is designed to persuade through argument and evidence. Studies show that when we read nonfiction, we read with our shields up. We are critical and skeptical. But when we are absorbed in a story, we drop our intellectual guard. We are moved emotionally, and this seems to make us rubbery and easy to shape.

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Large Ghost and Jon Snow Moleskine (lined, dammit), Php1580.

But perhaps the most impressive finding is just how fiction shapes us: mainly for the better, not for the worse. Fiction enhances our ability to understand other people; it promotes a deep morality that cuts across religious and political creeds. More peculiarly, fiction’s happy endings seem to warp our sense of reality. They make us believe in a lie: that the world is more just than it actually is. But believing that lie has important effects for society?—?and it may even help explain why humans tell stories in the first place.

Read Why Fiction is Good For You.

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Large Drogon and Daenerys Targaryen Moleskine (unlined), Php1580.

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Pocket-size lion sigil with Tyrion Lannister notebook, Php1160.

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Incidentally, the paperback editions of Stories and Geeks are now in stores.