The clever people at Field Notes came up with a really superb cedar file box, with dividers, for all of my memo-sized notebooks that will go atop my roll-top desk once I finish my sabbatical reading.
Genius. Evil genius, to be sure, but genius nonetheless.
I do nothing in halves, and my obsessive-compulsive nature has caused me to go a bit nuts on notebooks. Field Notes are proving no exception – I’ve subscribed to their quarterly themed crates, and the first one was Clandestine, which has fun with codes and spying. Not bad: a dozen notebooks, a heavy-duty notebook band, a high-quality pencil, and other goodies.
Yes, I’m a geek.
I am a dedicated Moleskine fan, but I have started discovering uses for writing things down in different formats. My work journal is a traditional 8″ x 5″ hardcover Moleskine, in which I keep my bullet journal and make notes on an ongoing basis. But my Sabbatical notebooks have all been the 9-3/4 x 7-1/2 extra large cahiers, leaving more room for embellishment.
But sometimes you just want a little notebook for stuff to take along and use as reference, anything from a checklist to a series of reminders. And the memo-sized pads like the Moleskine memo cahier and the Field Notes are just the thing.
I like Field Notes because they are a bit cheeky as well as functional, and their covers are made of a material that holds up a bit better to day-to-day usage than the Moleskines.
This is important. I am gradually shifting off of a purely-digital system of recording and storage to something that is more of a hybrid: written on paper with digital backups. I am not sure if this is right, or if it will last – I have been trying to do everything in my life in pixels for three decades.
But for a range of reasons I won’t go into just yet, I am beginning to rediscover the virtues of longhand writing. and these little books will be a huge help as I use this sabbatical to aid with my transition.
This month’s crate was quite cool: three small planners, a very cool larger journal, and half a dozen high-end Japanese pens that are going to help me with my note-taking in my reading that I would otherwise have known nothing about.
So far, so good.
The plans are starting to come together. Lots of reading, lots of writing.
This is where I am today. I’ll update shortly.
Sitting by the window at the Timberyard in Covent Garden, having a cheat meal of avocado toast and English Breakfast tea, and arguing with Oscar Wilde via margin notes in a copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray.
A perfect way to spend a chilly Sunday in overcast London.
When the revolution comes, the first thing they will do is close the coffee houses.
Then they will burn them.