Tuesday, 2 April 2019

A good excuse to start a new notebook...

Which one to choose??
Not that I really ever need an excuse... but, the time has come for me to do some serious research into self-publishing and so, naturally, I need to keep it all in a new notebook!

But which one? I mean, it's not like I don't have a gazillion to choose from!

Ideally, it will be about A5 size, though B6 would also work. Despite loving B5 notebooks for book planning, I think they might be a bit big.

Since I'll be collecting a selection of information in the book, numbered pages and an index/table of contents would be useful.

And of course, it's going to have to be fountain pen friendly paper!

There are 4 main contenders:

  • Taroko Design Breeze A5 (Tomoe River paper, numbered pages, table of contents, dot-grid paper)
  • Rhodia A5 soft cover (Rhodia paper, dot-grid, no TOC or page numbers)
  • MD notebook A5 (great paper, lined, no TOC or page numbers)
  • Life A5 notebook (great paper, lined, no TOC, no page numbers)

On the whole, it would seem like the Breeze is the best option, as it ticks all the boxes. It's a really lovely notebook, and I've been in danger of not using it, precisely because it's so nice. But, it's dot grid and I'm not such a great lover of that for writing notes (rather than plans or lists). The dots are 5 mm apart, which is a shade too narrow for writing on every line, but a bit too wide-spaced to use every other line. A 4 mm spacing would have been perfect...

That knocks out the Rhodia too, so it's a toss-up between the MD and the Life. I have several of each kind. I think I'll go for the Life notebook, because I know the paper is amazing and there are these small marks on the top and bottom lines of each page which make it really easy to draw a table if needed. I don't mind having to put in my own table of contents, or number the pages.

I'll keep you all posted as I move through this new phase. I'm both excited at it all, but also terrified!!


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