Showing off composition notebooks, hacks n' mods, and people who use them.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Our Notebooks #003 [Quentin Hudspeth]

Quentin left this very thorough comment on a post to my original call for submissions.
I use composition notebooks pretty much exclusively. I flirted with the moleskine jobbies when they started appearing in Borders, but they seemed like a waste of money. I need utilitarian notebooks to work with, not fine china.
The nice thing about composition books is that I can afford to have one for each project. Or more. Stories from the Shelter is up to seven volumes now (the ones fanned out on the bottom). I make notes in a journal style, talking to myself and working out kinks and such, so I can get pretty verbose.

Many of the books I have are Roaring Spring hand me downs from my mother-in-law from when she retired from teaching first grade. They have pretty good paper, probably a little thinner than 20 lb. It takes ink well from rollerball or fountain pen, but you can see through a bit to the writing on the other side, and you can "read" the reverse side with your fingertips. The paper is well-bleached, though, and the color has been stable for a good five years or so.

Of the books I can find most readily, I like Mead's offering. Ink shows through the paper a little more than for the grey B&P, and there is a little braille when I use a rollerball (one of the reasons I've switched to fountain is that it forces me not to push so hard).

You can find more images of Quentin's notebooks on picasa. Thanks again, Quentin!

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  • At May 19, 2009 at 7:02 AM , Blogger Green Pilgrim said...

    I have used composition notebooks in my research and journal-writing for years. As most people would agree, they're a cheap, easily-available medium that people can personalize to their needs fairly easily.


  • At May 19, 2009 at 7:19 AM , Blogger Daniel Solis said...

    Yup! They're at that sweet spot of affordability and sturdiness that makes them a nice blank canvas for creative and practical uses.


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