I consider writing like this an opportunity to write about things I care about and if fellow travellers join in, then all the better. It also allows me to reach out and join discussions and try to join in with some of our more academically-minded (gifted?) friends.
Anyway, to the point of tonight's blog. The photo is of three of my favourite small things.
The Moleskine notebook:
I was aware of Bruce Chatwin's penchant for these fellows and I'm so glad they were rescued by whoever bought up the name and products (an Italian company). I use them extensively now as my notebook. As a (very)amateur songmaker and (very, very) amateur sketcher I carry one of these around with me wherever I go. It means that if I enter a pub or am out wandering around and need to sit down; if a passing fancy requires me to jot down a few words of doggerel or, indeed, scribble a quick sketch of a mountain I'm looking at, then I always have a notebook to hand. If you have read a previous posting about songwriting then it is obviously important for me to have a notebook handy by the bed (and you if you're of that persuasion). I use the black, hard-back edition with an elastic band bound in to hold it together. I also have many of the thin ones in various pockets and in various amounts of usage - some are full of song ideas, others small sketches. When I was off "ill" the other year, I found it essential to carry one around with me to keep a note of my thoughts.
The little calender you can see is a "pocket-mod". A wondrous invention - a sort of origami Action Man's diary. It's a sheet of A4 that is printed off with essential notes/useful templates that act as a form of pocket organiser. Mine includes a page of guitar tab (in case I come up with a killer riff) and various "To do" task pages. I carry mine around as well as a Moleskine so I can record messages/ideas and contact details. Oh, and killer riffs of course. Find it on www.pocketmod.com
For many years I have dithered about with Staedtler and Rotring pens (and pencils - another story for another time). Usually I have used their cheaper pens as my ancient Rotring Rapidograph and I never got on. Earlier this week we parted company as I managed to break the ink reservoir on it (it was over 30 years old). However, the Fine-pointed Artpen is a magnificent beast. Already it feels natural to hold and write/draw with. Most of my sketches tend to be of mountains or trees. Maybe in a month or two I'll post a few sketches just to see how I'm getting on with it.
Then again, maybe not.