As a writer, there are certain things I love; libraries, the smell of books, old typewriters, stationery, leather-bound journals, and pens.
God, I love me some nice ass pens.
Admittedly, I do almost all my writing on my computer, like most writers these days, but I still leap at any chance to use pens and stationery. Hell, I still write snail mail, just because it’s more fun and personal than email. It’s so exciting to get a REAL letter in the mail, instead of the usual credit card offers, bills, and retail flyers. (I hate that crap).
Because of my love for office supplies, I am what is known as a pen snob. And of all the many, many different types and brands of pens, I’ve tried. I would have to say Pilot’s Varsity pens are my absolute favorite.
LIfe is short, writing is hard, and we live in an age of distraction.
Aside from the necessities of life (your job, your health, your family, your relationships, etc.), there are SO many things to waste one’s time on; YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, video games, news outlets, TV (for those who still watch TV, if not, Netflix/Hulu). I’m not immune to these distractions either. I could be working on book three of Convergence, and here I am blogging (way to go, J!). But, the thing is, I know I’m being distracted. I’m not kidding myself here. Every blog I post, every meme I share, every tweet I retweet is just a few more precious minutes chipped off my already finite mortal existence, but one time-waster I’ve never enjoyed is excessively sharing quotes about writing instead of actually writing. I’m sorry, but that one feels just a bit too ironic for me.
We’re about half-way through National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, and every year there are more and more participants and more and more hype until you can’t seem to escape people talking about NaNoWriMo. At least, not if you’re a writer.
Personally, I don’t participate. Never have, and, to be frank, probably never will.