where the writers are

I love pens. I especially like those with ornamental or novelty heads at the ends. I have a few that are squishy so in those moments, when the pen is willing but the paper is blank, I can get inspired squishing the alligator's head so his cheeks and eyes bulge becomingly. It doesn't really inspire any great thoughts, just creates a bit of a distraction. I also have a pen that if you bash it against the palm of your hand, its green bulb flashes on and off. Another distraction for a few seconds. My favourite had a goblin head but it fell off one day when I was writing like fury. The replacement pen with the squishy monkey-head and pink rubberized hair wasn't quite the same. And the weight of the head made the pen feel top heavy so that writing was a chore. My bug-on-a-green-leaf pen is cool but it feels awkward when I write so I tuck it in my pen cup, along with the others. I have three pen-cups, all stuffed with pens of fine, medium and thick tips, markers, highliters of various colours, permanent pens for writing on tapes and dvd's. The list goes on.

I find pens are important. You can never have too many because when you need a pen in a hurry, there they are--ready when you are. And, have you notice when someone lends you a pen, it mysteriously ends up in your pocket or purse? Or, vice-versa.

Recently, I bought a pack of regular pens--these were the Bic's ultra-round sticks with an easy glide. I liked these pens because they start immediately--no scritching on a pad to get the ink started. I've left several lying around but they seem to mysteriously disappear, so someone else must be enjoying them too.

Of course, with my collection of pens, I have to have my pads of many colours. Note-pads not only have a choice of lined or unlined pages but now comes in different motifs, colours and cute slogans or messages. I like "Sex is Better Than Coffee But Chocolate is Best!" or "Don't Tell the Boss, Send Him a Memo" or my favourite phone message pad with "Monkey Business Only." My sticky note pad has a message too.

The other day I had this crazy inspiration and just had to write it down before I forgot it. I wrote it on my lime-green sticky pad and tucked it in my purse. At the bank the other day, while searching in my purse for my bank card, my sticky pad fell out on the teller's counter, Prominently across the top, in big black letters was "This is a Stick-Up" and in much smaller letters directly underneath "Stick Me On Anything." Thank goodness the teller didn't panic and had a sense of humour!

Okay, enough of these distractions--back to work. . .