earlier in the week i noticed a wee rant about notebooks over on Julia Eff's page
set me thinking about whether or not i am precious about my writing.
as in fussy about what i do it on. clearly the MacBookPro plays a vital role
but i have to admit that i'm a bit of a Luddite
i like writing on paper, preferably with a fountain pen
if i've put the fountain in a safe place [read 'mislaid it']
then with a 0.4 black felt tip
even though i can type much faster than i can write by hand
[thanks to an employer in the dim dark past who sent me to 6 weeks of touch typing lessons]
i find that when i'm thinking in a hurry
dyslexia rears her head and starts putting the words down
so i write by hand, then type the stuff up
i've had the occasional Moleskine [i do like their brown-paper-cover cahiers] but usually the el cheapo from the $5 apiece last-years-diary sale. the lines are a bit close but i write on every second
as i'm a tad scrawly.
i've been seduced by luscious covers from time to time, such as a very pretty leather-bound green one, wrapped with a wee string
sadly the paper inside was better suited to use in a latrine
and tore in gullies and canyons
and blobs of ink
quite pretty, i suppose, when viewed as a landscape.
but the best books to write in by far
are the dummies i get from my publisher
sometimes they even have amusing covers
the paper stock is excellent. i usually scribble on the right hand page
leaving the left for doodles
while waiting for The Muse to finish her cup of tea
sometimes other things creep in
when the writings done, typed, dealt with
the book takes on another life
writing obscured by watercolour, scribble, found stuff...
oh, and if you're wondering what the folded object is at the beginning of this post, it's a version of the amazing Blizzard Book devised by bookbinder and paperfolder Hedi Kyle
the instructions are contained in the Penland Book of Handmade Books
so, tell me, what do YOU like to write on?
ps [as in 'added a little later on'] Imbi has drawn this out a bit further...