For crying out loud, I don’t know why I chose pen as the perfect thing. Now I have to take a picture of my pen. Just a sec. Okay, thanks for waiting.

Fountain pen tip
Years ago, I wrote by hand. I liked the portability and ease of a journal and pen. But I was frustrated by the tools — especially the pen. I finally realized it was a texture thing. After buying many different pens, I found that a fountain pen was the most satisfying. 

Green fountain pen
A fountain pen added a tactile component to writing that I really liked. It even gave me some control over the flow of the ink.After a year or two, I barely used pen and paper at all because I was writing on the computer.

The thing is, this isn’t about the pen. I could have just as easily written The perfect organizer or The perfect journal or The perfect software. You get the picture.I’ve searched for all of these, and in each case, that perfect tool was going to be the key to some kind of success. In the past, I’ve always come close to finding something “perfect” but, in most cases, once I obtained it, I just thought of something else that I needed.

My most recent quest was for a small notebook and pen to carry around with me. The notebook and pen idea comes from advice given to writers:  Always be ready to jot down an idea; you never know when a great idea will come to you. This advice seems especially relevant because, with this blog, I’m writing more often and can really use those random ideas that pop into my head when I’m far from home.

So, without further ado, here is the perfect notebook and pen system:

Flip Notes pad and pen
It may not be obvious, but the case is made of metal. Also, this is roughly the size of a deck of playing cards.

The pen acts like a “pin” that holds the notebook’s cover closed. Once removed, the cover flips open as shown in the next picture.

Flip Notes open notepad

Whether this is the perfect tool or not, I still think it’s cool. (By the way, it’s called Flip Notes. Or would it be Flip Note?)

Whatever. The clever sneaky thing about the quest for the perfect tool is that it kinda sorta resembles actually working on something useful. It’s easy to miss how these quests might just be a creative waste of time.

Except, this time it’s different. Really.


Coming soon: the Hargadine Cemetery

I explored a new cemetery yesterday. It was one of the most interesting cemeteries I’ve even seen. Of course I took a bunch of pictures and will be posting them soon.

The perfect pen: Noble quest or procrastination ploy?

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