Paper stash in bottom desk drawer:
(7) large Piccadilly unlined notebooks, 240 pages each
(3) large Piccadilly Primo lined journals, 288 pages each
(2) medium Piccadilly Primo lined journals, 288 pages each
(4) medium Piccadilly unlined notebooks, 240 pages each
(2) medium Piccadilly graph notebooks, 240 pages each
Total pages = 4,560
Word count needed to fill up those pages at 250 words/page = 1.1 million
Paper stash in upstairs paper basket:
(17) Norcom wide-ruled composition books, 200 pages each
(2) Rhodia lined pads, 80 sheets each
(4) Staples “eco-friendly” bagasse composition books, 200 pages each
(12) Staples “eco-friendly” bagasse writing pads, 50 sheets each
Total pages = 5,720
Word count needed to fill up those pages at 250 words/page = 1.2 million
I have enough paper stashed in the house to write 2.3 million words. Considering my current production rate of one 100,000-word novel per year, and maybe another 20,000 words in short stories, that’s enough paper to keep me writing for twenty years.
Yet, every time I stop by the bookstore, and they have a fresh shipment of Piccadilly notebooks, I pick one up. I mean, the large ones are $6, and even the Primo journals with their lovely 100gsm paper are just $8, so it’s not like they add a whole lot to the tab if you buy them one at a time. Still, since I don’t use them up nearly as fast as I acquire them, they’ve kind of accumulated over the last year or so.
But, hey—it’s a cheap addiction, by any measure. The whole stash pictured above adds up to less than $150. And just think of the possibilities! Toss in a good fountain pen and a few bottles of ink, and you have all the hardware needed to write twenty-five novels.
As far as addictions go, this one’s pretty benign. Better than bringing home eight-balls, dime bags, prostitutes, or Jonas Brothers CDs, I say…