Giveaway Winner!

The winner of a copy of 365 Things to Write About is…

Bridgett B!

To pick the winner, I numbered the comments 1-4 (1 being the first comment posted, 4 being the last) and plugged them into the random number generator below.  The generator picked #1, which was Bridgett’s comment.  Here’s a screenshot (click to see detail):

If for some reason Bridgett does not claim her prize, I will pick a winner from the remaining entries.

Thank you to everyone who entered!

New Giveaway!

The authors of 365 Things to Write About have kindly sent me another copy of the book to giveaway to one lucky reader!  Here are the giveaway rules:

How to enter: Leave a comment here saying your favorite aspect of La Plume Etoile or what you would like to see on the site that is currently not featured.  You will get an extra entry if you Tweet or re-post about this giveaway, then come back here and add an additional comment with proof you posted the giveaway (e.g.  a link.)  I will pick one entry at random for the winner.

Contest run: Contest opens at 12:00 AM on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 and ends at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, November 8, 2011.

Additional rules: (Even though I don’t like excluding my international readers) this contest is open only to US applicants due to the cost of postage.

More reviews will be coming soon.  Good luck!

Book Review: 365 Things to Write About

I was kindly sent a copy of a great new book called 365 Things to Write About.


365 Things to Write About Cover - the inside format is the same!

The premise of the book is exactly as the title suggests, there are 365 topics about which to write.  Each page begins with a one to three word topic, and the rest of the page is blank except for lines on which to write.  The paper is not of Clairefontaine quality, but so far it has acted friendly with my Parker 45.  I have experienced minimal feathering and bleed through with the Parker ink.

You can use this book in a variety of ways.  Some suggested uses are for poems, descriptions, short scenes, short stories, or whatever other thoughts come to your mind.  I personally decided to use the book in a different way.  I am learning to speak Italian, so I decided to write about each topic in Italian as an additional way for me to practice.  The 365-topic format makes it a convenient way for me to incorporate daily writing into my life.

The book is also accompanied by a website at, where the authors post some of their writings.  You can buy the book at and and through October 31, 2011, the authors will donate 100% of their royalties to art programs in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The authors have also kindly offered to send me a copy for giveaway.  Dear Readers — is this something in which you would be interested?  Please leave comments with your answer and if you are interested, I will do a giveaway of one copy.