Alison Kent has a nice entry up on handwriting her books, in which she links to a blog post by Susan Wiggs (I didn’t even know she had a blog) describing her handwriting of books. (Links to blog post, notebooks and pen can be found in Alison’s post. It’s Sunday, and I’m being lazy). Here’s a snippet from Alison:
We all know how I feel about my pen, though my ink of choice is black, but I also share Susanâ€™s love for Clairefontaine notebooks.
I’ll confess I had some notebook envy. I’ve never seen a Clairefontaine notebook, but they look and sound lovely. And unless Walmart gets on the distributor list, which judging from Clairefontaine’s website doesn’t look likely, I’ll probably never see one. But I’m okay with that, because I have a notebook I love, too.
I discovered these little beauties at the Dollar Tree. Pretty damn sophisticated, huh? I got my pink feather boa there, too. They’re available in top or side binding (I use steno-sized notebooks—more portable, less noticeable while someplace like…Applebee’s, and very cozy to curl up with on the couch.) I prefer the side binding because I get directionally confused with top bound steno books and end up flipping pages and flipping the damn thing over and over trying to figure out which direction I was going. You’d think being able to outwit a pad of paper would be a requirement for being an author, but—lucky for me—it’s not.
They have a hard cover—not just stiff, but hard enough so they’d break if you tried to bend them. Love that. And the texture of the paper just works beautifully with the Uni-ball micro, my pen of choice. Of course, the paper’s recycled, which means it probably started life as toilet paper, but considering this is for rough drafts, that’s not entirely inappropriate.
The sad news is that my Dollar Tree stopped having these in stock at least a year ago, so I’m now hoarding the ones I have left. Not sure what I’ll do when the last one’s full. Cry, probably. Make a map of all the Dollar Trees in NH and go on a roadtrip? They say “Dollar Tree Distribution” on the back, so I don’t even know if they’re available through any other stores.
I knew I should have bought them all.