Tuesday, March 4, 2014

When You Need a Pen and Paper

Writers are rarely without a pen (or pencil) and paper. We fear the moment when we need to write something down and the pen has fallen out of our purse, pocket, whatever. (Note that the third word in this post is "rarely," In the summer, I walk a lot, and I don't take a purse, so I have to remember to a)buy shorts with deep pockets and b)to transfer everything, including my pen and notepad whenever I change clothes. Mistakes sometimes happen, and pens are difficult to store in pants pockets).

So, no surprise that I have all kinds of pens and paper handy at all times. I think I've mentioned that I rough cut my draft copies into 4 pieces of paper and stash them in small baskets around the house. But sometimes I like to have something prettier and more convenient than a crooked piece of copy paper with typing on the back. Plus, right now I'm putting together a gift basket to be auctioned off at an upcoming writer's conference (the money is going to charity), and so I've been looking for cute or pretty notepads to stick in the basket along with all the books and other items. Here are some of the items I've been eyeing (all of these can be found on Amazon by clicking on the item).

Ones with magnetic clasps:

Pink purse notepad with magnet closure "Believe in the power of dreams"
purse notepad with magnet closure "Keep Calm and Eat a Cupcake"
Ones with metal cases and pens (the pens lock the case closed)

metal flip close notepad case with pen violet with bird image

Metal notepad case and pen navy blue with rhinestones

Ones that made me blink (for several reasons). The zombie ones below must be collector items. They cost over $700 for a set of three. I don't think I can afford to write on those. 

Collector set of Zombie notepads

Sets that are meant as party favors

Set of 4 Disney princess notepads

And ones that are probably meant as teacher giveaways (yes, that used to be me)
Multi-pack of insect themed note pads

Then, there's the basic memo pad set

Set of 4 memo pads
Of course, I could just get creative and make something. At least for me. The basket will need something more elegant or fun or pretty.

So...what do you carry with you when you need to jot something down?

Have a great day!

Myrna (off to write something longer than a note)


Laney4 said...

I carry a notepad/a few pens in my gym bag for when I play badminton most weeknights (and throw my wallet inside the bag too, hoping that I remember to remove it if I drive again before badminton the next night). I carry a notepad/a few pens, along with a datebook, in my purse. I have extra paper in my work binder. There are old business cards (from previous places of employment when people left the business) beside my living room chair - sitting beside a mug with pens/pencils/markers/scissors - and scrap paper hidden at the back of my end table for long grocery lists. My office desk has a whole drawer dedicated to scrap paper, as I write on the backs of printed pages constantly (and then shred when I'm done).
I tend to write things down and place those folded papers/business cards in my front jeans pocket or in a separate pocket of my purse so that I can write down info where it belongs later.
I also have big binders noting (1) shows I have watched (so I don't watch them again); (2) romance books I've read (so I can tell others how great books are); (3) library books I want to read/have read (as I frequent many libraries); (4) printed recipes (also saved on the computer for easy searching); and (5) job hunting applications.
I am definitely a paper person. I need visual cues. Desperately....

Laney4 said...

Perhaps you could use a pen that hangs around your neck when you are walking, Myrna!

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Laney4, I hear you on being a paper person. I cleared out the pockets on my winter coat the other day (lots of grocery lists!) and I was amazed at how much paper I was carrying. Good idea re: the pen hanging around my neck. That sounds workable. Thank you!