Hi, I’m Jodie Griffin, and I’m a school/office supply addict.
I went to Target the other day and found a whole section full of pretty, sparkly new school supplies. The above mentioned notebooks and pens. Paper clips. Folders. Cases to hold it all in. My eyes glazed over, and my husband sighed.
You see, I love notebooks in all their shapes and sizes. I especially love the ones with graph paper in them. I love pens that glide easily, in various colors. Highlighters to mark important words. Stickies (again in various colors) to make notes that can be easily moved around. Binder clips to hold extra papers in place. *hyperventilates* I love it ALL. Mostly for my writing life, but I also use composition books for the day job. Remember those black and white marbled covers? They come in all different, fun patterns now, in case you’re wondering.
And even better than that? When all that stuff is on clearance in September! Because not only do I love office supplies, I love saving money. And YES, I know I’d save more if I didn’t buy all the shiny pretties, but where’s the fun in that? Anyway…when the Target stuff goes 50% off or more? I’m in writer heaven.
This is the notebook I’m using at the moment:
It has 3 sections. First is where I jot down notes, including pics of characters (this is Jason from Locke and Key, the novella I’m working on right now) and any one-liners I think of that I’d like to use. Second section is future project stuff. Third is, since it’s right around the corner, my schedule and notes for RWA Conference in a few weeks.
I also recently bought three 3-packs of 60 page graph-lined, bound books recently, and I’m going to give those a try, one for each novella in this series I’m writing (it starts with Locke and Key). I’m not sure if I’ll like them….I usually like spiral bound, so I can rip out pages, and I have a place to tuck a pen. But I like the idea of having a “keepsake” book of notes, etc, from each story I write. I wish I’d done that with my earlier books.
Anyway, that’s my addiction (along with books, of course!). Are you an office supply fiend? Do Back-to-School supplies give you a happy feeling? Is there one supply you can’t live without?
(Oh, and for those of you who are wondering about Jason, Locke and Key is a BDSM erotic romance novella that I hope to have submitted by the end of the August. It includes a Dom who likes to get his own way, pixie of a submissive woman who is just as stubborn, lots of kinky play — and a little bit of a mystery.)