If you have been reading my ramblings for a little while you'll know all too well, I love stationery. I always say to my students that I became both a writer and a teacher, so I could buy and use delightful notebooks. Ok, so perhaps that's not entirely true, but when I was about ten, I did begin writing scribbles and musings because I realised I had to start using my notebooks for something. It was a few years later that I first watched Harriet the Spy.. and fell in love with her wonderful composition notebook. I looked everywhere for one, but it seemed that Australian newsagents didn't like these lovely notebooks like I did. My search continued ever since... and I have never found one in Australia. Over the years, the composition notebook has become somehow mythical. There is just something about the fabric binding, rounded edges and iconic black and white cover that spoke to me. That somehow my words would flow more freely, perhaps be more beautiful on these pages.
So you can imagine my surprise when I was at Officeworks this morning, buying bubble wrap and checking out Renee Anne's gorgeous stationery designs, when I stumbled across not one but two black and white composition notebooks in a box of assorted crazy colours. My childhood dreams have come true!
And now I suppose the writing begins.. I always wanted to follow Natalie Goldberg's advice and fill one of these a month. I'm not sure what I'll be writing about but with these magical little notebooks, anything is possible.
If you are now feeling in the mood for a little Harriet the Spy.. I stumbled across it over here. You can also see these notebooks in action in one of my other favourite films, Stealing Beauty.