season, a time when chances are good that if you go to a store looking for
a single spiral notebook you won't be able to find one! And that begs the
question, SuperAuthors: What is your favorite office supply?
Joanne Rock: I must have a planner. For years, it seemed like a luxury to buy a planner over, say, new shoes for a kid. But now my kids have been the same shoe size for years (hooray!) and there is a little more budget for fun stuff. I've upgraded from the utilitarian notebooks with printed date pages that I got online and glued in (how's that for cost effective?) to move lovely books just for this purpose. I covet the pretty ones with lots of extra pages for notes and reminders. I bought one this year that has stickers for vacation days and girls lunches out. So much joy in those stickers!! It combines everything I loved about those giant activity books as a kid, plus all the organizational help that a busy woman needs. AND it's pretty.
Dana Nussio: I love little notebooks and journals – 3 ½ x 5” and 5 ½ x 8” – anything small with plenty of lines for writing stuff. Do I actually journal? No, not really. But I keep those little notebooks around for when moments of inspiration. Yes, they end up filled with doodles and unidentified phone numbers, but I love them anyway.
Angel Smits: There’s just something about back to school shopping and office supplies that makes me practically giddy. Choosing a favorite is hard. I’m a sucker for all of it, especially if it’s pink! I have a jillion pens, which isn’t nearly enough. My newest “toy” is the new disc notebooks. Lots of accessories and they work like a spiral notebook, but you can take the page out and then put it back. I’m addicted.
Kristina Knight: Lordy, there are so many - pens (make mine PaperMate Flair Ultra Fine, please) and notebooks (story binders *save* me!) and binder clips (basic black? no way, lets get crazy!)...but lately my absolute favorite are my new highlighters - they are Sharpies and click open (no caps to lose, bonus!), but they have great wedges so I can go thin line or thick and the colors are amazing. Pink, green, blue, red, burgandy...choices, choices!
Amber Leigh Williams: I write most everything out longhand so pens are essential. I am convinced, though, that pens are like potatoes. Over time, they grow those spindly little root appendages and begin to walk off, one by one. Imagine if you will a convoy of BIC pens disappearing into the night, leaving their inkless counterparts behind like soldiers on a battlefield. (They take socks and Tupperware lids when they go...for warmth and shelter.)
|Vicki's post-it obsession!|
markers, notebooks, erasers, pencils, gel pens, and all the fun things I never got as a kid but as an adult don't really need. That said, I love me some Post-it(R) Notes. I buy them in Costco-sized packs and use them to plot my novels, as well as make editing notes as I'm working. I stick them to my laptop as reminders. I'm hoping they'll come out with a full spectrum color pack one day--I can never have enough different colored, different sized, different shaped Post-it(R) Notes. (YOU HEAR ME, POST-IT(R)? MORE COLORS AND SHAPES, I SAY.)
Claire McEwen: I love office supplies! Nice pens, bright highlighters, crispy file folders and pretty planners - I love them all. But my favorite thing as a writer? Post-its. I use them to plot events and character growth on a chart. And when I get an idea about my story at an inconvenient time, I write it on a post-it and stick it to my study wall so I'll remember it later.
Kris Fletcher: Notebooks. I am addicted to them. Plain ones, pretty ones, tiny ones, giant ones ... They all mean a fresh start and a new direction and a world of possibilities.
Nan Dixon: I love office supplies! Purple Pens - I use them for when I'm working on my critique partners' submissions and also when I am revising on paper.
Flags - I also love the colored flags - again when I am revision.
And unfortunately - I go through reams of paper. I buy it by the case.
Janet Lee Nye: I love a bright and pretty accordion file. Not that I ever use them properly. Nor do I ever continue to file things in them because I am terrible at being an adult with paperwork.