If you’re going to write a lot, you need a good pen. Some of my journal entries from 2017 have faded badly, perhaps because they were exposed, if only briefly, to direct sunlight. Not that I wanted to keep those particular pages, but you never know when you will want something to last. The fading proved that I needed a better pen with better ink.
And sometimes it’s nice to have a special notebook to write in. While I was shopping for Christmas presents for the children last year, I found a great journal. It features a picture of a tree with golden cogs inside. It was so metaphorically perfect for my novel that I had to buy it. I didn’t even look at the price.
Somehow my husband knew I needed a new pen, and he magically picked one to go with my new notebook, and here is the result.