Hello, 2020!

Hello, 2020!

I’m a little late to be saying that, but better late than never, right? 🙂

As you all can probably see, Notebooks and Novels has gone through a few changes. For one, the platform is new! I switched from WordPress.org to WordPress.com (more on that in a later post). That means that the blog has a new look too.

I’m so excited for all that 2020 is going to bring!

I have some fun things planned for this blog and my Instagram account, @micaiahsaldana, this year. Here are a few things coming your way…

In February, I’ll be talking about all things romance in fiction on my blog! I’ll be talking about romance in YA and Christian fiction, recommending some good, clean romance novels, and giving some tips on crafting a good romance in your own stories.

I’m going to be creating some resources for young writers ages 8-12. I plan on making writing worksheets and posts that focus on the craft of storytelling geared towards young writers starting out in their writing journey. I’m very excited to be sharing this content with you all!

I’m going to host my first bookstagram challenge on Instagram this year! I don’t know when I’ll launch it, but I’m hoping sometime this spring.

Other fun things coming up include some recipes, mini book reviews, and more posts about faith!

2020 is going to be amazing.

I’m so blessed to have you all along for the journey!

An Update on My Critique Services

I never saw myself writing this post.

When I started offering my critique services, I expected to be critiquing stories for a long time to come. However, this past year, I’ve learned a lot. One of those things is that I can do a lot of things, but I cannot do all the things.

I’ve been trying to do everything, but really, I can’t do everything. I can’t juggle working and schoolwork and writing my own stories and prepping for college and critiquing other stories at the same time. Working on critiquing other people’s stories has taken the place of working on my own stories.

So, I’m afraid that I’m officially closing down my critique services.

I’m okay with this. When I first had the idea, I wasn’t okay with it. I thought that this would be like giving up or admitting defeat. But really, this is me saying that I can’t do all of this. But I can focus on doing the things that

Of course, I don’t plan on quitting on the few stories that I am currently helping out with. But right now, I’m going to let myself not do everything.

It has been an honor and a pleasure reading and critiquing your stories.

I’ve been so honored by the people who have come to me for help with their stories, and I have loved having a small part to play in helping them make their stories shine even more.

Who knows? Maybe one day I’ll critique more stories.

But for now… Farewell, critiquing. What a wonderful journey it’s been!

A Small Hiatus

The title of this post pretty much says it all.

I’m going on a short hiatus. I don’t know when it will end, but I do know that I will be back and blogging sooner rather than later. 🙂 For now, I need to take some time to rest, think, and pray about my next steps in writing and blogging, as well as adjust to the new changes in my life (more on that later!).

Until then, stay stellar, my lovely readers!

Welcome to the Newly Renovated Notebooks and Novels!

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the new and improved Notebooks and Novels!

I’m so excited not only about the new look, but also the new platform. Say what? New platform? Yes, you read that correctly. I switched from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress! I switched for lots of reasons, which I will detail in a later post. But for now, take a stroll around the new blog, and let me know what you think! I’m so excited about all of the things that I have planned for Notebooks and Novels, and I hope that you’ll join me on this adventure. =)

What do you think of the new look? What platform do you use for your blog?

Project Canvas Blog Tour

Project Canvas Blog Tour
Project Canvas is almost here! *cue the epic music, confetti, and mounds of cake* This exciting international project is jam-packed with writerly advice, encouragement, and lots more amazingness. And guess what? It’s going to be released to the world on November 15! So many epic people contributed to this book–61 in total (including me)! Altogether, we’re from eleven different countries and six different continents. And we have all come together to make Project Canvas. I am SO EXCITED for this book to go out into the world! ❤ Read on to learn more about Project Canvas, the amazing founders, and other fun stuff. =D 
About the Book

An international writing community. 61 authors. 11 countries. 6 continents.

Are you looking for advice on how to create the perfect villain? Do you need the courage to put your story down on paper? Find this and more in Project Canvas, a writing resource written completely by teen and young adult writers and compiled by Caroline Meek and Olivia Rogers.

Project Canvas includes:

· 71 short chapters, each written by a different author

· bonus interviews with authors such as Tessa Emily Hall and Q. Gibson

· world building and character development worksheets

· and other helpful resources!

“This is a writing teacher’s dream – not a how-to book, but more of a literary testimony and homage to the process of writing. A sweet balance between the practical and the spiritual, Project Canvas is concise enough for daily meditation, yet robust enough to move the writer’s soul beyond the temporary.” –Brian Dolezal, professional development and spoken word coach at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science

About the Founders

Caroline and Olivia have been friends ever since kindergarten, when they met in a homeschooling group. Their writing journey was a slow evolution over the course of many sleepovers, games of pretend, writing stories together, and finally publishing some of them.

Caroline Meek is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Project Canvas. She’s originally from Kansas City, Kansas, where she co-authored The Drawing in of Breath and attended Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences. Caroline has a passion for bringing writers together and is currently studying English & Creative Writing on the Publishing track at the University of Iowa. She’s been published in The Kansas City Star, Ink Lit Mag, Wordsmith, and blogs at Of Stars and Ink-Stained Things.

Olivia Rogers is the co-founder of Project Canvas. She’s originally from the great state of Kansas, where she showed sheep, competitively debated, and also became involved in politics. Olivia believes that writing is the gateway to change. She’s currently studying Political Science and Philosophy at Kansas State University, with the goal of becoming a lawyer and continuing to advocate for others.

Other Fun Stuff… 

The fun doesn’t end with the release of this insanely amazing book. There’s also a giveaway!  Go to the giveaway post on the Project Canvas blog for a chance to win free copies of Project Canvas and more exciting goodies. =) Click here to visit the giveaway post.

And y’all, don’t forget to stop by the other amazing blogs on this tour! For a schedule of the blog tour, visit the Project Canvas blog (projectcanvasblog.blogspot.com). Also, there’s a super fun bookstagram challenge going on, and I think that I’m going to be joining in. Click here to see the blog tour schedule and check out the bookstagram challenge that Project Canvas is hosting! =)

Are you excited for this book’s release or what?! 
What is one piece of advice you’d like to give to other writers? 


I can’t believe that the celebration for the release of my short story “Dear Jamie, Love Rory” is over! It was such a fun one though. THANK YOU SO MUCH, dear readers for helping make it extra special! ❤ Before we continue, here’s a quick recap of what’s happened during the party…

And now, without further ado, the giveaway winner is… Jeanette!

Congratulations, Jeanette! You should receive an email from me sometime soon about your prize. =) I can’t wait until you receive it! Once again, thank you all for celebrating with me! I hope you’ll stop by next week for more bookishness here at Notebooks and Novels. =)

Click here to buy “Dear Jamie, Love Rory” in print and see more fun extras. 
Click here to buy “Dear Jamie, Love Rory” on Kindle. 
Click here to subscribe to One Teen Story. 

Have you read “Dear Jamie, Love Rory” yet? Which of the blog party posts was your favorite? 


In case you all missed my last post… “DEAR JAMIE, LOVE RORY” IS HERE!!!!! To continue the bloggy celebration in honor of its release,  I’m sharing the playlist I listened to while writing “Dear Jamie, Love Rory.”

Click here for the playlist!

Pretty much all of the music on this playlist was music that I listened to on my own trip to California. 
I can still remember singing along to “Take It All Back” on the way to a vineyard in Napa Valley, and playing some Mumford and Sons on repeat. I listened to this playlist on repeat while writing “Dear Jamie, Love Rory,” and it still hasn’t gotten old. And Nikki just so happens to be a fan of the Lumineers. 😉 I hope that you all enjoy listening to the playlist! =) 
And now, it’s giveaway time! 
I’m giving away a signed copy “Dear Jamie, Love Rory” and a beautiful California sticker from Kulana Stickers (check out their Etsy shop, you will want EVERYTHING). The sticker is a gorgeous picture of California covered in the state flower–poppies! It’ll look great on a notebook, a water bottle, a phone case-whatever you can dream up for it!

Still working on my photography “skills.” xD 
Aren’t they pretty? AND I AM GOING TO POINT OUT THAT COVER AGAIN (I still can’t believe my name is on there, or how pretty it is…). Enter below, but be sure to hurry! The giveaway ends on August 9! 

Click here to buy “Dear Jamie, Love Rory” and see some more fun extras! 
Click here to buy “Dear Jamie, Love Rory” on Kindle. 

Do you listen to music while writing? Will you be entering the giveaway? 


It’s here! “Dear Jamie, Love Rory” is here!!! =D Typing that out feels so surreal… And holding my story in my hands, staring at my name plastered on the pretty cover… THIS CALLS FOR MORE FIREWORKS.

I want to give a BIG thank you to everyone at One Teen Story (they’re amazing!) who helped make this little dream of mine a reality. From editing my story with Patrick Ryan to seeing it in layout to then staring at a box full of my story, this has been an amazing experience just getting it closer to publication. And now to see it published… I’m blown away, to be honest.

My mom made funfetti cupcakes to celebrate! =D 

Thank you to my family, who didn’t complain when I stayed up way past midnight writing this story and brought me cocoa and snacks (very important) during the writing process. They’re my biggest cheerleaders, and I’m so blessed to have them. Jamie, Rory, and Nikki’s story couldn’t have happened without any of the people I’ve mentioned. Seriously, I can’t believe how much God has blessed me, and I want to say THANK YOU to Him to, for giving me this wonderful gift of writing and blessing me so much.

I’d also like to thank my amazing readers for being super encouraging and sweet-I couldn’t ask for better readers! To celebrate my story’s release, I’m hosting a blog party! There will be a giveaway, a playlist, lots of pictures, and more! I hope to see you here! =) 

Click here to see an interview with me, read a snippet, and more! 

Update: It has come to my attention that there was a change in the launch date that I was unaware of, so next week is the official launch! Nonetheless, the party will go on and the links updated as soon as possible. Thanks for all of your wonderful comments! 

Do you like writing short stories? What about reading them? 

A Very BIG Announcement!

I have big news people. Big, ginormous, humungous news. Drumroll, please…


*insert confetti, fireworks, and my screaming here* 

My short story “Dear Jamie, Love Rory” won the 13-15 age category in One Teen Story’s writing contest! You can read the announcement here. And here’s a snippet (the same one from the announcement post):

“I hate that I had to sing happy birthday to a blurry figure on a screen that looks like you, but at the same time, with his buzz cut and camouflage…Doesn’t.”

So, dear readers, “Dear Jamie, Love Rory” is going to be PUBLISHED IN AN ISSUE OF ONE TEEN STORY!!! I am SO excited and blessed! God is so good! I am extremely honored to have won, and I would like to congratulate the other winners and thank everyone at One Story for this opportunity. I can’t wait for you all to meet Jamie and Rory in “Dear Jamie, Love Rory.” =) 

Also, happy early Easter, everyone! ❤ I hope that you all have a great Easter weekend! 

P.S. I know this is a short announcement, but don’t worry, I will have a regular post coming next week. =)