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I love technology. It is my life. My family is technology-savvy, so I was exposed to everything from tape players to Windows 98. But I’ve always enjoyed picking out, buying and using stationery, even if it was only for school. But I had no idea why I love it and thought that I was the only one.

However, it is only recently that I started to indulge in pretty notebooks since Kristin of Journaling Saves and Nifty of Notebook Stories say that having a stationery fetish is normal. And I discovered my love for writing with a pen on paper.

In my childhood I typed up my stories. But I’d constantly feel that they weren’t good enough, so I’d abandon them and eventually delete them permanently (which is a big mistake. They’d be useful now because I want to develop my writing skills). When I got a laptop, I forced myself to complete my stories. The ratio between incomplete and complete is probably 1:4 but it was real progress in my writing ability (the completed fan fiction can be read here [please let me know what you think]).

I also tried to keep a journal, both in notebooks and a Word document. But my parents read (in the past tense) my physical journal and I kept getting distracted by the other programs in the computer. I also felt detached from the electronic entries.

And then I discovered Jim Carroll. He was a diarist who wrote the memoirs The Basketball Diaries and The Downtown Diaries. I thought that if a male can keep a journal when most people think that it’s a girly activity, then why can’t I? My first “real” journal is a large exercise book with coloured pages. I didn’t write in it much because it didn’t give me a joyful writing experience. But then I started buying beautiful notebooks, and the rest is history.

Now it’s your turn. How did you get into stationery?

(This post was written by hand.)

Expensive Versus Cheap

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The type of notebook I like to buy is very important to me. I must have notebooks with colourful covers and plain lined pages or else I would be too lazy to use it. Exercise books, even beautiful ones, have never been my favourite because they wear out so easily and the staplers can and do come off. Being able to use a high-quality notebook is a joy. The writing experience is so much smoother. I can put anything into both cheap and expensive notebooks, but I’ll always take the latter because they are finer in quality, a delight to look at and last longer, which makes my writing experience that much more enjoyable.

What about you? Do you prefer a cheap notebook or an expensive one to write in?