Victoria Patterson Recommends...

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“Always tucked in a pocket of my purse is a Moleskine journal. I try to write every day, no matter what, and I’ve pulled that Moleskine out while waiting for my kids—doctor’s appointments, soccer practices, piano lessons. In my Moleskine, I allow myself the freedom to write anything. No matter the inanity—it has my full permission to go down uncensored. I doodle. I make lists. I describe the waiting rooms, piano lessons, parents in the stands. And if I lose my Moleskine, my name and phone number are displayed, with a reward offered of one billion dollars.”
Victoria Patterson, author of This Vacant Paradise (Counterpoint, 2011)

Comments

Missing my Moleskine

Hi Victoria!

I too carry (or carried) a little Moleskine. Sadly, last week at my son's talent show, I left it in the gymnasium. No one has returned it to me, in spite of my name being in it and yeah, a billion $ reward. I'm a bit shell shocked. It contained about a year's worth of notes on my novel...of course they were all perfect and poignant and the EXACT thing I needed to write the next blockbuster.

So, note to self: Transcribe my Moleskine notes into a word file periodically so that the only thing I have to worry about is computer crashes and Dropbox dying.

Signed, "Shattered in Seattle"

Moleskine Obsession

Love the reminder, Victoria. Thanks. Glad to know that I'm not the only one. ;) I too love the Moleskine possibilies. In fact, I just found a lovely Moleskine cover. I have one for my Kindle. http://www.oberondesign.com/moleskine.php

It's pricey, but worth the money, 'cause it will last a lifetime. Just hope that I continue to get a lot of wear out of it.

Pamela

Wish I had read your

Wish I had read your suggestion about the billion dollar reward before I lost one....
It was like losing a piece of my soul.

SmartPen Moleskine

I have the Moleskine scribble habit from way back, too. I love my new SmartPen. I still write in a Moleskine journal (it has special paper for the Smart Pen), but now my handwriting gets translated to text. From there, I can revise or post to my blog. Ain't technology wonderful?!

Thanks Victoria

This sounds like a wonderful idea....I'm going to try it !
I'm a poet and always have words...ideas swirling around in my head.
Greg

I too use a Moleskine to

I too use a Moleskine to write notes while listening to writing podcasts on the bus, spontaneous ideas, premises for film scripts, dialogue, lists of things to do, etc. I enjoy writing in longhand and commit that I will do a minimum of 30 minutes of writing everyday no matter what may try to prevent me. I then type my screenwriting notes or dialogue or other actual screenwriting drafts into Movie Magic Screenwriter or Final Draft. I've have used a Moleskine in this manner since 2006 and always carry it with me, whether going to the day job on the express bus or watching the San Francisco Giants game.

Moleskin

Always keep a Moleskin and comfortable pen in my shirt pocket. Also name, address and phone in book with offer of reward if found (though not a billion dollars). Love the pocket in the back for clips that inspire new poems.
Tried many things and this is the best.

I hate to be the one to

I hate to be the one to burst the ludite bubble, but I converted from Moleskine to smartphone and haven't looked back. There are applications I use to take and save notes, create and edit Word documents, and keep them all safely stored online so I never "lose" any of it.

multiple notebooks

Haven't saved up enough for a smartphone yet. So I have multiple notebooks. One in my regular backpack, one in my easy-on-your-back backpack, and one in my purse. Oh, and one that stays at home. I've already got a big box full of these things, each full of my observations for a year or 3 of my life. So when I'm 84 and have time on my hands, I should have plenty of material.

I'm not a complete Luddite, tho. I'm negotiating a contract on my 2nd book (nonfiction), and I keep a 2nd back-up out there in the ether. Wouldn't want to lose my latest revisions of *Pursued by Conscience: Former Fugitive Katherine Ann Power* in a fire, flood, burglary, hurricane, tornado, tsunami!

Moleskine

My magnificent Moleskines have become an appendage. I have written complete one-act plays in them when I'm away from my computer. They somehow lead to free-form thinking and creativity for me. I'm always amazed at how much they hold in the way of ideas and thoughts...thoughts that would have been lost had I not jotted them down.

Love Moleskine + Covers

Hi Victoria,

Like yourself, I also love Moleskine. I take mine with me everywhere I go and don't know what I would do without it!

Lately, I have gotten very into accessories with the purchase of a brand new leather moleskine cover form Molecover ( http://www.molecover.com ).

I have followed these guys 2 years on Twitter, and finally pulled the trigger and bought one of their Moleskine covers. It's natural bound leather adds quite a bit of class and it protect my Moleskine. I love it, and have no regrets in my purchase!

I love my Moleskine. Before

I love my Moleskine. Before my Moleskine era, I never finished a whole journal. Now, I am working on my third Moleskine journal! I am glad to have come upon this wonder of a journal and I hope to continue buying them for the rest of my life.