Going old school, pen and paper style

Whenever I get a good idea for something to write about, I do one of two things. 1) Let it ruminate in my consciousness until I sit down at my computer and can let the words flow. 2) Write it down somehow, be it by writing on a post-it note, saving a little "note" on my phone, or texting myself an email. This little system of mine has proven effective probably about 50% of the time. And that's my current average, which means that in the past, all sorts of great things have occurred to me at one point or another, only to get lost in the depths of great thoughts that will never be thought again. Tuesday may well be a huge mark of change, however. I've long thought about getting a little notepad of some kind to jot things down, and for the last two weeks I've told Robert I wanted to get one every single time we left the house. Only by the time we got to any place that potentially sold such notepads, I'd totally space the fact that I wanted to buy one.

We went to the mall on Tuesday for a chance to escape for a bit and walk around. While there, we visited one of the evil giant corporate bookstores, Barnes & Noble, and lo and behold, I struck gold. Gold in the form of an old-style leather notebook that can fit in my pocket and even has lined paper.

I've currently got two notes jotted down:

Tuesday 6/24/08 I just bought this beauty of a notepad.

Wednesday 6/25/08 I just forged the Tuesday entry above. For no reason other than because I could.

I can't wait to see what sort of journey my new notebook and I take. I've never kept anything like it before, but I think I'm off to a pretty good start.