My bag is packed and I’m writing this morning before I fly to Idaho, and of course I’ve switched back to my Moleskine journal to keep I,Q2 moving forward as I travel. There is nothing magic about writing in a Moleskine journal. I just like the size and the fact that it lies flat when I write, and the paper is good.
A teacher wrote yesterday and asked how to pronounce Moleskine. Most people over here call the blank journals MOLE SKINE, or sometimes MOLE SKEEN. But the correct pronunciation is: mol-a-skeen’-a. I had to actually look this up, because I’d never really thought about it. I just use them to write my stories. I use the one pictured on Roland’s Journal and on this Web Site, which you can go to if you want to learn more about them. I also carry the small “reporters” version, which fits nicely in my back pocket when I’m on the run. But again, any notebook or pad of paper will do. A napkin will do if it’s big enough.
While I’m at it I guess I should mention the pen I write with. But remember it’s just a pen, not a magic wand. A stubby pencil will do just as well. I write with a Mont Blanc Starwalker with a blue fineliner cartridges (when I can find them in blue). I like the sound and feel of the “scratch” the fineliner makes on the paper. There is a very slight resistance on the paper when you put a word down. Marie bought me this pen in Washington, DC several years ago. I was visiting schools in Fredricksburg, Virginia while she was in DC doing research for her book about the Smithsonian. After I finished school I’d walk down to the train station to meet her and we’d walk back to the Inn we were staying at.
On one of her trips to DC she was walking by my favorite pen store, Fahrney’s Pens (since 1929), which I’ve been to many times. I asked her to pop in and buy a pen for me. She actually put me on the phone with the Mont Blanc rep who happened to be there, and after a brief conversation I settled on the Starwalker. I like a relatively heavy pen. Marie bought it sight unseen (at least by me) and I’ve used it ever since. I also use this pen to sign books. I like the idea of signing the books I’ve written with the pen I’m using to write the books I’m writing.
Several of the characters in my novels write in Moleskine journals. Why? Because I write in a Moleskine journal. Just like in I,Q2 I use an Omega Seamaster watch and an iPhone…these are both in the novel. Writer’s sometimes write about the things they use.
The reason I mention this is that UPS just delivered 20 new fineliner (blue) refills, which I will use on the road for the next three months. They’re hard to come by when you’re traveling.
I’m in Boise until Saturday.