So, it's 2012. Whether or not we'll make it to the end of it as movies and crazy's suggest is a conversation for a different day but while we're here we may as well make the best of it. And you can't do that without a notebook. Seriously! It's a non negotiable and one of the many things I collect... There's nothing as fulfilling as writing in a fresh notebook or diary; the feel, the promise, the sparkling white pages. It's like being back at school where the best part of a new term was the smell of the books.
Whether it's a 'to-do' list or a set of goals, a meeting reminder or your deepest darkest thoughts, a notebook is utterly personal. Like choosing a man, you should pick one that you love, not something to impress your mates. I'm a leather kind of chick and prefer things that are a little classic rather than faddish although I did once have a notebook with a picture of a gorgeous, dirty Irish fry-up-I loved bringing it to model castings!
If you're looking for the creme, check out Smythson
. Quintessentially English, no editor worth her salt would be seen without one of these monogrammed bad boys. Their celebrity fan list includes Hollywoods A-list and Britain's monarchy!
But they are expensive so you can opt for a classic Moleskine instead. Used by Ernest Hemingway and Van Gogh among others, these leather bound notebooks come in a myriad of different designs, sizes and specifications. I have a couple of these on the go at any one time to separate projects.
There's also the age old Filofax which, despite it being a tad old-fashioned, I can't live without. Mine is Anya Hindmarch-black, subtle and sturdy. Seriously these are a life saver but once you succumb you can expect your memory to turn to shit.
Lastly, is the most novel little diary I've seen in a while! By Taschen, Keel's 'Simple Diary'
is a revelation for people who dream of keeping a diary but just don't have the commitment. And to be fair, a personal diary is a little daunting, I used to take ages to actually plan the first few pages of mine, assuming that if I died people would read it so I must appear deep and interesting and grip them from the start! With Keel's all you do is tick the boxes and fill in the answers to some random questions everyday; like multiple choice for poets.
Whatever one you choose, make sure you use it! 2012 is going to be BIG... Make it count and make it memorable.