This year I participated in the second-annual Book Bloggers Christmas Swap, a kind of Secret Santa gift trade for bibliophiles on the Interwebz. I’m proud to say that I resisted opening my neatly wrapped package until Christmas Eve. And, boy, am I glad I did!
Most people probably don’t think of writers needing tools, but we do, just like any other craft. Few things help transform wispy imaginings into finished pieces more than a good notebook, something small enough to fit in a pocket and sturdy enough to stand up to incidental abuse. My Secret Santa (Jessica of The Bluestocking Society) bestowed upon me a pair of the best notebooks I’ve ever seen -- Moleskine notebooks. Not only do they meet the above criteria, you can get them ruled (for writing), squared (for financial data), blank (for sketching), storyboarded (for drafting of film and advertising scenes) or scored (for musical pieces). In other words if it’s creative and requires paper, Moleskine can help. Thanks, Jessica, not only for the great gift but for helping me keep The Middle Shelf neat, too!