It’s Labor Day here in the U.S., so you know what that means — a day off!!!
Actually, I don’t think writers ever really get a day off. Sure, we can spend the day at the beach or at a picnic, but our writer brains are always at work. We’re always observing people, listening to conversations, reading, experiencing something new, and getting inspiration from the people and things around us.
But Labor Day means something more than just a holiday for me. Labor Day still signals my brain that summer is over and it’s back-to-school time. Here in New York City, school starts next week, so Labor Day is that time of year to stock up on school supplies. (Yes, I miss those days!)
So, just to get myself in the mood, I decided to refresh my supplies by buying (or eyeing) some new things. Here is my Back-to-School list:
I had just finished my old notebook, a Rhodia Webnotebook, so I picked up this cute A5 black Whitelines notebook. Whitelines is my favorite brand of notebooks; the paper is wonderful, especially for fountain pen users. And these notebooks are oh so purdy!
I haven’t actually bought this yet; I promised it to myself after I finished my current WIP. But since my deadline is in ONE WEEK (gah!), I’ll have my hands on this beautiful fountain pen in no time. Can’t wait!!!
3. Laptop Stand
I’ve been having some pain and stiffness in my neck lately, probably from writing hunched over my laptop for hours at a time. So I invested in the Aidata Laptop Stand, which raises the screen up to eye level. This one wasn’t too expensive, and it supports my extremely huge, heavy 15″ MacBookPro with no problem. It’s also collapsible. I highly recommend it if you get pain in your neck or upper back when you write. (You’ll need an external keyboard to use it though.)
I need a new text editor like, well, like I need another notebook and fountain pen! But since I do more and more writing in coffee shops on my iPad (with an external keyboard), I convinced myself I really needed a new writing app. And this one is fantastic, especially if you’re a fellow geek! Will it help me write better or faster? Absolutely not. But, hey, sometimes you have to treat yourself. I mean, c’mon, it’s a holiday!
Well, that’s it for me. I can’t break the bank on “school” supplies when I’m not even in school, now can I?
So, tell me, what’s on your Back-to-School shopping list this year?