A technophile lawyer rediscovers the joys of pen and paper

Monday, February 22, 2010

Who the heck is Note Booker, Esq., and why is he writing this blog?

I'm a lawyer surrounded by technology.

Cell Phones. Email. Computerized document storage, editing, legal research. Faxes. (Used less and less, but I'll count them anyway.)

All of a sudden, a couple of weeks ago, I tried something really new . . . for a modern lawyer, anyway. I picked up a pen, and started writing out research notes longhand. All afternoon. Not only did it feel good, it also reminded me of what a great memory aid it is to write down information.

I plan to do a lot more of it.

Along the way, I also plan to explore some great writing tools. I bought my first fountain pen in a long time a few weeks ago. I've already bought more notebooks than I'll be able to fill in the next year or so, probably. I've definitely caught the bug! But I'm trying to do so on a budget. I won't be spending $300 on a fountain pen any time soon (or $75, for that matter).

I've been reading some great blogs and websites on writing instruments, notebooks, and office supplies — blogs like An Inkophile's Blog, Black Cover, DIY Planner, Notebook Stories, The Pen Addict, Moleskinerie, and Office Supply Geek, to name a few. Everyone seems to have been into pens and notebooks for so long, I thought, "Would aficionados care what a notebook and pen newbie like me has to say about their passion?"

Well, I guess we'll find out.

Then again, maybe my primary readership will be other newbies.

One thing is for sure: I am not writing this blog in the hopes that Karen at Exaclair, who seems to send free notebooks to bloggers far and wide so they can be reviewed on blogs, will send me any. Honest. I mean, after all, I'm a newbie. What would I know?

If she wants to send me the newest from Clairefontaine or Rhodia, I'm not going to resist, mind you.



  1. Nice piece: Writing is fun, isn't it? What's more you can DOODLE and SCRIBBLE?! You can't do that with a keyboard.... though many people do... and some even try and pass it off as 'writing'. You might like to have a look at my blog - try this piece 'In praise of pen and paper http://rowlandjones.wordpress.com/what-is-ram/

  2. notebook newbie here too! even more so then you! I've been reading those blogs you listed for some time, and decided to try it for myself! The world of people who blog about stationery is amazing!

  3. Hey, chanced upon your blog today! It's a nice and interesting blog. Hoping to link up somehow. Do you have Twitter? Otherwise there's also my blog http://onfountainpens.blogspot.com
    Keep writing!