If there is one thing that has changed as a result of writing on this blog, it's that my desire to write has increased exponentially. I find myself practically needing to write something every day. It's become a bit of an obsession, much to my wife's chagrin.
The other benefit is that my faucet of ideas has become a plumber's dream... constantly trickling. I'll be driving home or walking around or sitting somewhere and an idea might hit me square in the face. "Damn! I want to write about that!"
Of course, this well of ideas always tends to run a bit dry as I wait for that moment when I can get behind a computer and type out my ideas. From time to time, I will find myself debating if an idea is worth holding on to at which time I'll find some scrap of paper to write it down on. If it's not scrap worthy, I forget about it only to regret it later.
I've decided to remedy this situation the Wil Wheaton way (I'd link to the relevant entry on his blog, but I can't find it)... a Moleskine.
A Moleskine could simply be described as a diary, and, in all honesty, it is. Mine is a black, hardcover one with the elastic band around it to keep it shut and a sewn-in page marker. It fits right in my front pocket and, for the last couple weeks, has proven its usefulness as I've written out entire posts in it before typing them in here.
I don't know why I broke down and bought something I swore I would never use or have a use for, but I find myself using it quite a bit. I've already filled nearly 20 pages of it with random rumblings. And I hope to write up a lot more in it as well as maybe try my hand at sketching again.
Now that's something I haven't done in years. Wow. I was once a sketching whore. What the hell happened?
Go ahead and make fun of me for having "a journal" if you so desire, but this thing definitely has one other great advantage... I never have to worry about it burping back at me that it lost some of what I wrote. It's always there. Well, I guess I could lose the whole book or rain could make the ink run, but I'd rather not think about that.
Oh, and would you expect my Moleskine to be adorned with anything less than a Mac logo? Of course not!
The back already has a Jimmy John's "We Deliver" sticker on it. As I find other stuff I like, I'll probably continue to customize the cover as I go. Strange, yes. Unique, definitely.
It's odd where you find cool stuff... stuck to a sandwich wrapper, of all places. A wrapper I may otherwise have been pulling a J.K. Rowling with by writing ideas on it.