News & Notes – 2/12/2022

February 12, 2022 News & Notes 4

News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff

Bookish News

Worth Reading/Viewing

Books, Movies, and TV

  • A Show of Hands for Amazon’s The Rings of Power: Speculating on What We Know So Far. The character photos recently released by Amazon are pretty cool; they show characters’ torsos and hands, usually displaying the hilt of a sword, or in some cases holding a staff or other object. So you get a nice, close-up view of the costumes and props, which reflect much of the culturally rich design and attention to detail that went into character design for the original LOTR movies.’s Jeff LaSala speculates (drawing on extensive knowledge of the history of Middle-Earth) on who or what each photo represents.


Bookish Quote

Since it’s nearly Valentine’s Day, here’s a bookish quote from a romance novel:

4 Responses to “News & Notes – 2/12/2022”

  1. Nicole @ BookWyrm Knits

    I keep a commonplace book, though mine is more like a journal than anything else. I color in tabs on the edges of the pages so that I can find specific topics later, and it’s been working for me. Though I love the idea of adding quotes! I think I might see if there’s a way I can incorporate that to what I’m already doing.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The tabs are a good idea!

      I have a notebook where I jot down book reviews, journal entries, and other stuff. I used to use it as a planner as well, bullet-journal style, but that proved to require too much weekly prep work (making layouts), so I switched to a separate planner with daily pages I can print out. Now I’m thinking of turning the notebook (which is about 1/3 used at this point) into a commonplace book focused on my reading. It will still have notes on the books I read (and I’ll try to be better about keeping up with them!), but also quotes and related thoughts and even maps and pictures, if I can get my color printer working.

      I also found a small notebook in which I used to hand-letter quotes that I found inspirational and/or good for spiritual reflection. I’m thinking I will revive that, as well. (In my copious spare time, as my husband likes to joke.)

  2. Nicole @ BookWyrm Knits

    That sounds like the perfect way to use that journal! I use to do a bullet journal as well, but as you mentioned I found that it just took too much time. I’ve been using a Kokuyo Jibun Techo instead, since that’s a more traditional planner which still has some blank pages that I can use to track things like reading and new recipes. Plus, it’s a Japanese planner and the paper they use is both thin and fountain pen friendly, so it’s still easy to take it with me.

    Now that you mention pictures… I have a small color photo printer (kinda like a Polaroid replacement that prints out phone pics onto sticker paper) and that would be a great way to add more multi-media stuff to my commonplace book without too much extra work. 😉
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I looked up your planner; it looks really cool! I like the way it sections off a planner, a set of blank/idea pages, and a section for addresses and other stuff that doesn’t change much from year to year, and replace the planner and idea sections as needed. And your little phone photo printer sounds great.

      We have a B&W laser printer for most printing, and a combination color printer/scanner/fax for color printing. But if I don’t use up the ink pretty quickly, it dries up and becomes useless… and the cartridges are expensive, so it really wastes money. As a result, we have basically stopped using it. But maybe if I pulled the ink cartridges out and taped over the nozzles when I’m not using the printer, the ink would last longer? I would really like to have some sort of color printing available.