TWC: Personification

This week’s Trifexta Weekend Challenge asks for just thirty-three words. It’s a bit of a late entry here – I prefer to get them in on Saturday, but hey-ho I was busy. I’ll just have to hope people still take the time to click that little link!


My Little Black Book

It’s always with me. So organised, so helpful. Always ready to take a note – an address, a phone number. My little black notebook. Rhodia, of course. My little Webnotebook, keeping my life straight.

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The little black book in all it’s glory.

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21 thoughts on “TWC: Personification

  1. I’ve got a few of them. My friends mock me for having a real, paper notebook when, obviously, my phone can do all of that. Something about paper though. Gotta have it. Thanks for linking up.

  2. I am finding that the more I am using the notepad on my iPad, the more comfortable I am getting with releasing myself from pen and paper. I still like paper for helping me organize my thoughts for a story, etc., but, I am getting better at working more exclusively on the iPad. This transition is happening in schools, too. Where I teach, more and more kids are doing their reading, writing and research on tablets of one sort or another. Paper and pen are becoming obsolete technologies.
    Thanks for a thought-provoking post.

    • Let’s take a think on this. I accept that iPads and digital technologies have their place, and tablets are good in education (I don’t have one, but I’m looking into it for Uni). However, pen and paper are far from obsolete. We have written texts dating from around the birth of christ on parchment and scroll tomes – which we can read. Now, consider data storage. It is very limited. Can you still read information from the floppy disk? The SuperDisk or MiniDisk? CD-ROM? What about your standard memory card? No, no and no. Word is that CDs will be next to go; and even now it’s unlikely you can access your CD if it dates from before 2005. So if technology lasts for ten/twenty years, and pen and ink over two millennia; which is obsolete?

      Thanks for a thought-provoking comment. I may write a post on it.

  3. I don’t have ipods or ipads or iphones (insert universal GASP! here). I do have lots of pens and paper – no fountain pens, alas. I often write long-hand and edit on the laptop as I type. šŸ™‚ It’s a win-win for me. Thanks for your post.

    • I have a ‘The Hobbit Edition’ Moleskine in which I’m planning a story. It’s amazing! However, the paper quality is nowhere near as good as Rhodia, and doesn’t handle fountain pens well.

  4. I always have a pen and notebook at my side at home, and one I carry with me. Only occasionally do I use my iPhone to make a note if for some reason neither of those items are available. It’s nice to have the ability to use the phone but pen and paper is my preference. I love your photograph repeating the words online. Great touch!

  5. In still developing countries like mine(India),tablets are a distant dream for most-even pen & paper is,for that matter-only a small percentage has the luxury of iPads & hi-tech gadgets-I still have no idea about how to use one(not that I own one) & use both my laptop & pen & paper to jot down thoughts-so ,pen & paper are far from obsolete:-)

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  7. What I have never liked about pen and paper, is the paper trail.

    My early years of writing, it was essential. But now with word documents floating in the cloud, accessible from our phones or I Pads/laptops. Or simply writing in our phone notepads, jotting down our thoughts. I don’t think I will ever write anything of length except a letter with pen and paper. I like the privacy of having what I write concealed in the cloud, not laying around the house for anyone to pick up.

    And i guess it just depends on what you get use to, my early years writing was a physical extraction, where I had to write through my chicken scrawl to find what a letter meant to me, what was my fount, my personal impression that the ink made to the paper. Those were formative years where it seems I was carving rather than writing, so maybe I do advocate pen to paper, for one’s initial foray into writing.

    • That’s interesting. However, I’d argue with you on one point – that your data is more private in the cloud. I don’t think so. If it’s in the cloud, anybody could hack their system and access it all. If it isn’t in your hands, it could be anywhere. If you keep your documents safe, nobody can access them. Privacy is the reason I journal in physical books, not online. They aren’t private, but if they were I could put them in a safe. They’re far more private and safe in your control.

      • good point, but i would rather a hacker read what i write than some family members or even friends, I guess it depends on how crowded is your home, but what i liked from your question was that in the answering I found that I do support pen to paper, especially for young writers, or at any age- novice writers.

      • I guess it depends on the content of the writing. If it concerns those families and friends deeply, you’d rather an estranged fellow read it. You say ‘my question’, are you referring to my post over a DBR.w.com ‘Are Pen and Paper Obsolete?’ Sorry, I’m not sure which question you mean!

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