hooked on paper.

Paper stash in bottom desk drawer:

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(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:

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(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…

12 thoughts on “hooked on paper.

  1. wombatoverlord says:

    Good to know I am not the only one who does that. I carried Moleskines for years, and once I tried the various Piccadilly flavors, my notebook costs went down by two thirds (and the paper is a huge improvement). I have one large graph paper notebook, five medium, one small and one large Primo…

  2. pdb says:

    The whole stash pictured above adds up to less than $150.

    Damn, just think of the ammo you could’ve bought with that! Like, 2 maybe 3 boxes of 380!

  3. sasu says:

    What is wrong with bringing home prostitutes?

  4. MarkHB says:

    If you want an easy way to burn through that paper in more like 20 months than 20 years, give your kids a pencil each.

    Hell, I’ve gotten back into burning through 5 or 6 pages of sketches a day (thank gh0d!)

  5. Kristopher says:

    It could be worse … the orbital mind control laser techs are at least not making you buy copies of Catcher in the Rye.

    What’s the frequency, Marko?

  6. Yeah, well I agree on the Jonas Brothers CDs, but…

    8^)

  7. MaddMedic says:

    I am thinking you have a paper fetish!!!
    Then again nothing wrong with that!!

  8. mts1 says:

    The Picadillies are great. Solid (back pocketing them does not break the binding), and the paper holds Noodler’s ink without bleed-through, even when X’ing stuff out. Thanks for the tip on where to find them.

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