Some years ago, I developed a taste for doing my handwriting in a specific type of notebook, good for tram/train writing. Then these got hard to find. Then I found a source. Then that stopped stocking them. So this time, when I found a source, I put in an order for ten. That’ll keep me going a while. I hope.
One of the hardest estimation tasks in my life, is working out how long a notebook-stash will last. Why? Well, if I’m editing it might take six months to get through the 400 pages of a notebook, but in those rare Blurt-type situations, I might fill one in a fortnight. Hmm…
Still, I should point out that I’m not someone who must have my ideal notebook and favourite pen before I can write. If, at some point in the future, my preferred notebooks vanish (which they probably will) then I’ll just find an alternative. In fact, I did this with pens.
After having had one pen for a decade, it broke and there was no direct replacement available, so at the end of the required mourning period, I moved on. Now I have a new favourite, which is altogether a different type of pen.
Of course these are my utility tools. I do also have a typical writerly fetish for ornate notebooks and fancy pens. They get used…ahem… occasionally. Usually for recording what’s happening in my gardening, or new recipes.