There was an interesting feature at Flavorwire on the writing tools of famous authors. Unfortunately, most of the examples just include a photo of the author rather than the writing tools themselves, but here’s a notable exception:
It’s J. K. Rowling‘s plans for writing Harry Potter, on a sheet of looseleaf paper. Wow.
See more at The Writing Tools of 20 Famous Authors – Flavorwire.
Here’s something a little different: the Daycraft Signature Duo, a two sided notebook featured on Design Milk.
It’s similar to the Revolver Journal I reviewed a while back, but with a much simpler construction. I’m always a bit concerned that a notebook that opens on two sides will be awkward to actually use, but I do like the idea of having two colors on the cover and two kinds of paper in one.
A couple of links about Moleskine’s Postal Notebooks:
A review at Inktronics: Special Guest Post by Bogon07 Moleskine Postal Notebook
The review is hand-written in the notebook itself, over several pages including the one below:
The bleed-through looks pretty bad with those fountain pen inks, so using other types of pens or pencils is recommended.
And a short post at the book publishing blog Galleycat (hat tip to Paul Evans for sending me the link): Moleskine Postal Notebooks Combine Writing Book & Letter
They talk about these notebooks being a nice way to rekindle an interest in letter-writing, particularly in the age of social media:
Earlier this summer, Michele Filgate wondered “Will social media kill writers’ diaries?“ I think letter-writing is a casualty of that same impulse. We spend so much time reading and writing fractured pieces of our experience that we forget to tell our story in the broad strokes of a diary or letter.
I like the idea of sending a letter in this tidy little format, though I’m not sure I’d actually do it, mainly because the person I would write to at that length would probably be with me on the trip! With other friends and family, I’m more likely to send a postcard, and even that starts to feel strange if you’re traveling in a place where you’re able to post instant updates on social media. But I have to say, I wish other people’s letters to me over the years had been written in these. Letters are so messy to store! I used to have shoeboxes full of them, as well as accordion files and inter-office envelopes. Some were unfolded sheets, others were still folded into envelopes. The envelopes themselves were often decorated, and it was nice to see a variety of stamps, and to be reminded of old addresses where my friends and I used to live. When I went through my old letters, I was awestruck at the creativity that was put into them, and the thoughtfulness and intimacy of that communication, even with some fairly casual acquaintances. But I felt like I was starting to live in a firetrap with all that paper! I had to get rid of a lot of them. But small notebook-sized items are so easy to organize and appealing to the eye and hand. If someone went through the trouble and expense to send me a letter in a Moleskine Postal Notebook, I’d probably keep it forever.
At long last, here are our winners for the latest two giveaways:
Stillman and Birn Zeta Sketchbooks:
From the comments: THAO (#13) and CANNON (#15)
On Facebook: Ralph Mathis
On Twitter: @NyteTyger
On Facebook: Janel Gradowski
Please email your mailing addresses to nifty [at] notebookstories [dot] com. Stillman and Birn winners, please specify whether you want a 5.5 x 8.5 hardbound or 6 x 8 wirebound (spiral).
Thanks again to everyone who entered!
Occasionally I get emails from readers who want to contact people I’ve featured on this site with notebook collections including Field Notes. There are lots of limited editions, and people like to collect them all. Now there’s also a website and Facebook group that can help with this quest: Field Nuts!
Check out the forums if you want to meet other obsessives like you!
Do you decorate your notebook or sketchbook covers? Here’s some cool ones from examples submitted to the Gurney Journey blog:
Read more at Gurney Journey: Your sketchbook covers.
Over 2 years ago, this week’s addict made her first appearance on this site. I loved the way Ina measured her collection by standing next to the pile. She’s kept collecting notebooks since then and look how the pile has grown!
As of April 30, 2013:
As of March 31, 2011:
Ina has a whole page on her website with a Q&A about her notebook collecting:
Tell us something about your notebook collecting self.
– I’m Ina, I’m 22, and I like notebooks waaay too much.
How many notebooks do you have, so far?
- They’re too many now, I’m thisclose to losing count. I count boxed sets as one notebook and I count duplicates as one each, I give some and receive some, so the number moves around constantly.
As of December 26, 2012: I think they’ve made it past the big 1-0-0 at this point.
How long have you been collecting?
Where did it all start?
- Ever since elementary school I was really the kid with a notebook in one hand. I used to buy the 9-peso artista notebooks back then. It just started snowballing when this little pink notebook in the Scholastic Book Fair blew me away and my high school friend bought it for me as a present. I haven’t stopped looking for good notebooks since.
The front cover of Isaac Newton’s notebook from the 1660s. How amazing to think that something he called a “Waste Book” would contain his notes on scientific and mathematical concepts that are so important to us today! The pages are available digitally via the Cambridge University Library.
See more images at Isaac Newton’s Personal Notebooks Go Digital | Wired Science | Wired.com.
This is a pretty neat story:
Le Hendrick never thought he would find buried treasure while sifting through a file cabinet inside Conway’s Country Club Drive fire station.
“I was just looking for a few files and saw something strange at the bottom of the drawer,” the Conwayite and battalion chief of fire operations said. “I picked it up and was shocked when I realized what it was.”
In his hand he held an old diary from Conway’s second fire chief Perry Quattlebaum.
Quattlebaum also served as Conway’s first mayor.
The notebook dates back to 1917.