Writers are known for being a little obsessive -- okay, maybe a lot obsessive. How else could a otherwise sane human being sit for hours a day, every day, for weeks/months/years, just to tell a story that's in their heads? There's plenty of things that writers obsess over, but one stands out for me -- office supplies. Is it just me, or do any of you writers out there get a little thrill just from walking through the front doors of Staples/Office Depot/Office Max? I'm not a shopper, in fact I hate shopping (as does Raine, as you will find out in The Trouble With Demons). I can only be dragged into a mall when I desperately need something. I do not do recreational shopping. And when I have to go shopping, I go in, get what I need, and drag it back to the cave.
Except for office supplies. If someone needs to go to Staples, I will go with them. Not that they need moral support or a second opinion on a shredder -- I just want to go. My writer voice starts whispering: "You know there's something you need; you just don't know what it is yet. Go on, go, walk down all the aisles, it'll come to you." (nudge, nudge, wink, wink). So I go; and I love every minute of it.
What kind of office supplies do I go gaga over? Pens, of course. I buy them by the box now. My current favorite is the Uni-ball Signo 207, medium point, squishy grip, black ink (blue ink is just wrong to me). I tried the fine point version of this pen, but the coverage wasn't adequate for me. You know you're a pen nut when you reject a pen on the basis of "inadequate ink coverage."
I also love notebooks, anything to organize my desk or file cabinet, but my biggest weakness are briefcases/computer cases. I've given away a lot of them, but I still have too many. Of course my writer voice insists that I could never have enough. My most recent purchase is sitting next to me now. I couldn't resist it; I had to have it; it was on sale. I had resisted it and was walking toward the checkout with my other goodies, when my husband said: "You like it, go ahead and get it." I danged near tripped over myself snatching that thing off the shelf. And then when the cashier rang it up, it was 50% off the already reduced price. I almost did a happy dance right there in Staples. This bag is massive; I can put everything a writer needs in it.
I love it.
What are your writer-related things that you just can't resist?