Now as you guys all know I’m a sucker for a new notebook. I try not to get one just for the hell of it otherwise it languishes without a real purpose but it’s a joy when purpose and notebook come together, as they did today. I’ve just about reached the end of Stephen Fry’s ‘The Ode Less Travelled’, a whistle-stop tour through English poetic forms, and one of his suggestions at the end is to keep a poetry journal.
I only take up other people’s ideas if there’s a thunk of recognition in the breast; an ‘aha!’ sounding in the brain which tells me this is a Good Thing For Me To Do – and with that there was a sort of thunk and a sort of think which led to a sort of thank–you and off I went to The Works to see just how cheaply I could buy another notebook.
This exercise is not unaccompanied by guilt, as I wonder whether most paper nowadays is recycled and if not why not and whether I should be devastating the tree population in this way for my own amusement. Of course it isn’t mere amusement, it’s work; and if I could find a way to make it happen digitally I would but there’s something so organic about the conjunction of pen and paper which seems directly to connect the brain with the page as though the pen were joined to the bloodstream. We shouldn’t take this image too far though, else we’ll end up like Harry Potter in detention:
Aaanyway, as usual in The Works they had a range of exciting notebooks in just the right size for my poetry journal and so the choice came down to what was on the cover. As you know (and can see from this blog’s motif in the top left) I like a notebook with a motivational message, so I chose the one which told me to be more awesome. What’s not to like? I now have a total of nine notebooks:
One is for daily thoughts and ideas (I’ve kept this sort of ‘diary’ for 34 years now)
Two is for short story ideas and writing prompts (https://writerswrite.co.za)
Four, five and six contain older poems which I still perform
Seven has ideas for the novel and eight, a squared notebook, contains designs associated with it i.e. spiral patterns and outlines of the tapestries which accompany each chapter.
And finally, nine is a tiny notebook which records things I’ve sent to publishers.
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