Does anyone else suffer from an insatiable fetish for stationary? I have certain shops that I should never enter, including wool and craft shops, book shops and Officeworks. I have a cupboard full of unused notebooks that I just couldn’t resist buying, loose leaf paper and pens of all kinds by the hundreds; gel pens, pencils, blue pens, black pens, multicolour pens, sharpie markers, you name it – I have it! I horde office supplies like a squirrel storing for winter. I do use notebooks when I write; when Tracey and I wrote our book, I wrote every chapter with paper and pen before typing it on my iPad. I find it strangely more satisfying scribbling out lines instead of back spacing words into oblivion. I really miss the “back to school” trips to Officeworks when the boys and I would indulge our fetish ( yes, I passed it on) and spend a fortune. Though I must say I don’t miss buying the contact paper and covering their books; it always resulted in bubbles that I couldn’t abide so I would have to do again. I was thrilled when they were old enough to do it themselves, but it was almost as painful watching them struggle. Consequently, I never attempt to put screen covers on my iPad or phone – I buy them at places where they put them on for you.
There is just something about unused notebooks; the clean sheets just begging to be filled with inspirational writing…
” Sometimes when it is going badly, she wonders if what she believes to be a love of the written word is really just a fetish for stationary.”