Is there anything more gorgeous than a new notebook? I have stashes of these about my person and my place. Little A6 ones for my handbag with glittery pink covers from the Fabulously British collection at TheArtFile.com. One of a pair of thin fine-lined moleskin ones, a bargain one I was unable to pass up – a post-Xmas reduction at M & S while grocery shopping and the last in a line of 3 personalised ones from GettingPersonal.co.uk, this one’s got love hearts on it with Judith on a pink heart. That’s the one I’m starting today for my worky-type notes throughout March. And yes, I know I’m a bit ahead of the beat; you know me by now.
But the really gorgeous notebooks I want to tell you about today are SO gorgeous that I have a stash of 13 of them, an abundance, a cornucopia of blissful writing moments. And I know the (mostly female) stationery freaks amongst my readership are going to go ape for these, especially those who appreciate the particular magic of a new notebook.
Marie Taylor gave me the first one of this series for Christmas, I think I mentioned this before, and there’s a woman who knows a thing or two about a notebook and a good deal more besides. And I’ve been using that one since 21st December for Morning Pages and latterly for the 40-day Abundance Programme, which co-incidentally finishes today. I’ve enjoyed it so much and found it so beneficial I propose to start over tomorrow and keep it going indefinitely.
These notebooks are very special indeed and, as I say, Marie’s gift was my first one. My stash of the additional 13 I bought for myself and had them shipped in from the States, although Marie says you can get them in the UK, no idea where, sorry. I just followed the link on them to Live-Inspired.com where they call them composition books. Composition. Now there’s a lovely old-fashioned word. Do children still do composition at school, I wonder?
My lucky 13 notebooks are not in good colourways for me. They are in nice-ish smudgy colours not normally found in my life. Yellows, greens, browns, oranges and swampy blues. I have a long-lost friend who would love and wear this colour palette but frankly it isn’t me. That hasn’t put me off them though. They are an odd American shape and size, 7″ x 10″. They are flat, long, thin and contain 60 lined pages. And they are beautiful for writing in my with Best Pen.
But why I love them is that each of these – and I’m quoting now – “each of these warm and spirited composition books feature brilliant cover vignettes by Monique Duval”. Spot on. That’s it exactly. They all share this one thought on the back cover, identical across the whole batch, “it is here where she must begin to tell her story” and which writer could resist that combination of new notebook, Best Pen and challenging invitation to write?
Live-Inspired also say these books will inspire me “to explore, imagine and create. Perfect for capturing poetry, stories, novels, music, creative ideas, journaling or music. Great for home, office, studio or out in the world.” No argument from me and nice marketing to boot. Here’s what all 13 notebooks say on their covers in Monique’s vignettes:
- Today I had a converation with my true self. She asked me why I had abandoned her, why I had ignored all her constant advice. And then she reminded me of all the things I had forgotten. And never once did she say, “I told you so”.
- It’s all for you and your other-worldly, by-the-sea, magnificent heart.
- First it begins inside your heart. Something moves. Then opens. Then frees itself. And now you feel a rhythm breaking its long silence. This is going to be good.
- She woke up and realized she had forgotten the definition of the word ‘impossible’. She decided it must not have been that important.
- She sat down before breakfast. Decided how to spend her day: climb trees, run fast, sing at the top of her lungs. Do the dishes tomorrow.
- She explained that the part of ourselves with wings sometimes battles with our earthbound selves.
- She gave her deepest hopes much love, many kisses, and simultaneous “attagirls”.
- She climbed until she saw.
- Then swing your window open, the one with the fresh air and good eastern light and watch for wings, edges, new beginnings.
- She’s turning her life into something sacred. Each breath a new birth. Each moment, a new chance. She bows her head, gathers her dreams from a pure, deep stream and stretches her arms towards the sky.
- She decided to free herself, dance into the wind, create a new language. And birds fluttered around her, writing “yes” in the sky.
- “Once you get over the fear, then it’s a cinch,” she said. And then she leaped into a mountainous and unexplored region of her heart.
- It’s like a wish. Or a dream. But I write it down anyway. It lives in my heart.
Now you see why I bought all thirteen, they were irresistible! And this is by no means the limit of the series. If you find the UK stockist of this notebook, will you let me know please?
Now, having read them all, Gentle Reader, which one speaks to you and why? I’ll send you that one as a gift for the best reply in comments below, so don’t pick number 1 because, as of tomorrow, I shall be writing in that one.
Deadline for my competition is 7 days from today, so next Saturday 3rd March 2012 and only one prize, so sorry Ladies but these notebooks are very precious indeed and will travel with me round the world.