Saturday, August 15, 2009

Does Office Max offer a 12 step program???

I admit it, I’m totally addicted to office supplies. I had to go into Staples to buy my children’s school supplies, and I found myself wandering the aisles going, “I’m sure if I buy the $50. desk organizer I will be much more efficient and more able to manage my life!”

I just love all the colorful sticky notes and folders and notebooks. I could spend hours coordinating pens and folders and colored pencils.

Of course, then I’d actually have to DO something with those office supplies, you know, like WRITE!

In all honesty, I have notes for stories written on the backs of receipts, the backs of announcements sent home from my children’s schools, in old college notebooks, and on folded up wads of paper stuffed into my desk drawers. For me, the ideas come when they come, and I don’t always have a handy-dandy notebook and matching colored pen to jot them down in.

Some of my best ideas for stories have been plotted out while doodling during meetings. I’ll get a song in my head and to combat boredom, I’ll try to make a story out of it. I’ve been fiddling around with a story that goes with SON OF A PREACHER MAN by Dusty Springfield. Don’t tell my husband, but that idea came while we were on a road trip and I was supposed to be listening to him vent about work. . .

I guess the moral of this blog is, just because you like all the accessories that go along with writing, doesn’t mean you NEED them to be a writer. All you really need is a writing utensil and a piece of paper—of some sort.

But don’t tell my accountant that, because I’m claiming those colored pens and nifty notebooks I bought today!


Lynn LaFleur said...

Oh, Ari, we must be cousins! I worked in a newspaper/office supply store for eleven years, and I was in heaven. My boss got supplies in twice a week. It was like Christmas. I could buy anything at his cost. I literally have five containers of pens and markers on my desk. And legal pads in not just yellow, but all kinds of colors.

I love to prop up in my recliner with a pad and pen to write. There's something about actually *writing* that makes the words flow. I don't do that often enough. Now that football season is starting, that's a great excuse for me to prop up with my pad and pen and write during the commercials.


Tielle St. Clare said...

It's a toy store for Adults! I love it.

N.J.Walters said...

LOL It's very hard to resist the office supply store, which is why I hit the dollar shop from time to time. I can indulge without blowing the budget. *g*

You gotta have a pen everywhere...we even have them tucked in the magazine rack in the bathroom. You just never know when you're going to get an idea. :-)