The Coffeehouse Cliche giveaway.

51HixOXuQXL._AA200_As summer slips away we prepare to move more of our lives indoors. That is, unless we’re clever enough to live somewhere that’s temperate year-round.

Warm interiors. Hot drinks. Burning inspiration.

If you were ever going to write poetry, plays, short stories or the Great American Novel, you’re a lot less likely to do it when the weather is fine. No, fall and winter is when we head indoors and think deep thoughts.

(Or watch televised sports or “The Walking Dead,” or indulge in whatever nerdy pastimes make us happy.)

This week’s giveaway will give you two tools of the trade, or rather the accoutrements of the affected: a notebook and some coffeehouse scrip.

You’ve seen these guys and gals before: They sit with their notebooks and sip hot drinks and furrow their creative brows. Sometimes they write furiously, other times appear to suffer from a tragic case of writer’s block.

Technically I should be giving one of those trendy Moleskine notebooks. But what I’ve got is a “Little Brown Notebook,” a 5¾ inch square journal made of light brown paper. Each page has an illustration or quote from the works of Mark Twain, but there’s plenty of room for your own scribbles as well.

Oh, and it ties shut with a ribbon so no one can take a quick peek while you’re getting a refill – the Coffeehouse Cliché giveaway comes with a $10 Starbucks card. Everyone knows that caffeine jump-starts the creative process.

Win this and you can become a creative, trendy dude or dame – but if you want a beret, you’ll have to supply your own.

To enter:

If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave separate, additional comments to get credit for each entry.

The deadline is 7 p.m. PDT Tuesday, Sept. 3. If I don’t hear back from the winners by 7 p.m. PDT Wednesday, Sept. 4, I’ll pull another name.

Note: Due to the cost of international shipping, any winner who lives outside the United States will be given an alternate prize of an Amazon gift card.

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  1. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

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  3. WOuld love to win this — thank you for the opportuunity

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  5. I would love to have this. Thanks for the opportunity.

  6. An inspiring giveaway…happy Labor Day Weekend!

  7. Beverley

    Oooh, yes, I want to be a coffeehouse cliche. Only I will be drinking chai tea lattes!
    Thank you for the opportunity!

  8. Beverley

    I follow you on Facebook.

  9. Beverley

    And receive your emails!

    Thanks again – Bev

  10. thanks for the chance

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  13. Karen G

    Thank you for the giveaway Donna, great idea!

  14. Karen G

    I signed up to follow you on twitter- cant wait to go to Starbucks thx!

  15. Sue Brandes

    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

  16. Sue Brandes

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  17. Sue Brandes

    I follow on Twitter(katsrus2003)and Facebook(Sue Brandes).

  18. Another one who drinks chai tea lattes!

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  22. Carolina Cooper

    I read surviving and thriving every day as well as read you on MSN.

  23. This would be perfect for my coffee addiction!

  24. I journal almost daily and love Mark Twain so this would be a delight. Thanks!

  25. I subscribe to your emails.

  26. And I follow you on FB. Thanks again!

  27. Veronica A.

    I just love little notebooks. AND Starbucks. Thanks for the give-away!

  28. Veronica A.

    I subscribe via email.

  29. Veronica A.

    And I follow on Facebook, too.

  30. I would love to win!

  31. Me! Me! pLease and thank you. I love Mark Twain and I also am an inveterate and incorrigible doodler.

  32. I subscribe by email.

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  34. Great giveaway!

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  37. I’ll know that it is time for me to start my writing project if I receive this very cool giveaway!! Perfect thought as the seasons change!!

  38. Jessie C.

    I like green tea soy latte

  39. Jessie C.

    follow on Facebook

  40. Jessie C.

    I am a subscriber

  41. Am clutching my sides with laughter (or pain.) Am here in the desert of So. Cal. and we’re trapped in our air conditioned houses for at least another month of the hottest part of “summer”. Over 100 degrees outside for most of this month.

    Things will not really begin to cool until October. THEN we can go outside to breathe real air. Don’t know what fall is.

    BUT…we’re walking around in light jackets most of the winter. Can’t have everything, can you?

    • Donna Freedman

      My daughter lives in Phoenix and she’s sweating just a bit, too.

  42. ImJuniperNow

    I read, I enter, I forget to check my emails.

  43. I follow through email, one of my favorite emails to read!

  44. I also am a facebook fan and a fan of Mark Twain, who isn’t?

  45. Sounds like great fun! I follow through Bloglovin’, not Feedburner.

  46. But I have also “liked” you on Facebook and see your posts there as well.

  47. I love Starbucks; I am actually one of those writers who brings her notebook to cafes. Even though it’s often noisy there, it doesn’t bother me as much as it does when I’m trying to write at home or at the library. Maybe it’s because I have the coffee and yummy pastries to distract me. Also, thanks to your tip about Swagbucks, I’ve been able to earn several Starbucks gift cards.
    P.S. I put down an old e-mail address that I no longer use in the comment section, since I was afraid that my comment might link to my e-mail account (as it’s done in the past) rather than my blog.

  48. Sarah V

    I love notebooks and write lists in everyone I touch. I could also use the coffee right now… yawn!

  49. lake livin'

    Yes, please!

  50. Cynthia Smith

    Dear Donna,

    Yes, the moleskin notebooks are delightful, but I use those $1.00 hardbound books from the Dollar Store. However, if I win, I would like to give the Starbucks gift certificate to my niece. One post; two gifts. Not a bad return:-)

  51. a wonderful giveaway — thank you!

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  54. Sounds fun to me 🙂

  55. I get your email

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  57. You never know when inspiration will hit! Best to always have a notebook with you.

  58. Facebook too.

  59. Thank you for the giveaway. This would be a nice gift for my wife.

  60. I subscribe via Feedburner.

  61. I would love to read the quotes from Mark Twain, how fun!!! Thank you!!! I subscribe by email

  62. I am kind of obsessed with notebooks. They are useful and fun. I would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity/giveaway!

  63. I follow you on Facebook.

  64. Sounds good, thanks

  65. Ro in SD

    I subscribe by email

  66. Ro in SD

    I subscribe by Facebook too

  67. You’re the only person I know who can use “scrip” in a sentence. I love it!

  68. Nice giveaway! Could use a notebook.

  69. What a fun giveaway. Would love to win.

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  71. Ooh looks like a fun giveaway!

  72. Julie Wood

    I follow you on Facebook
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  73. Julie Wood

    Thanks for having this truly amazing giveaway! LOVE me some Starbucks!

  74. Julie Wood

    I am an email subscriber.

  75. Facebook.

  76. Caroline Kipps

    I’ve always wanted to look trendy in a coffee shop.

  77. Yes, yes, yes

  78. Love this giveaway!

  79. I love Starbucks and journals! Thanks for the giveaway.

  80. Thanks for the giveaway! I subscribe via email.

  81. I also follow you on Twitter (@kchowy).

  82. Annnddd I like you on Facebook. I’d love to win!

  83. Thanks for another great giveaway Donna! Always love your blog 🙂

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  87. conee corning banks

    Love your blog

  88. Great giveaway.

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