The art of avoiding

Today, I have a strange day. The kids aren’t with me, S. is working and as it is a Monday I have almost no lessons to teach. This means it is the perfect day to do things that I should do. Such as cleaning the bathroom (something I really do not enjoy doing), or pre-write a few blog posts (I have never been good at that), or simply sit down and write.

But…

The weather is amazing! The forecast for today is 26°C, the sky is blue, it is sunny. On top of that, I received two interesting books just at the moment that I sat down to write this post (one I already know a bit as the first draft was published on a blog, it is The Halley Branch by Trent P. McDonald). I have two newspapers to read (ok I don’t think that I’ll behave like I did once, 15 years ago, when I read a copy of The Economist in its integrity from cover to cover…) I have the special edition of Der Spiegel “#Frauenland” which is super interesting too…

Those are just the easy distractions.  Continue reading “The art of avoiding”

10 disadvantages of writing in a notebook

National Blog Posting Month, NanoPoblano, NaBloPoMo, 2015Last week I shared with you ten reasons why writing in a notebook is great, but with anything that is positive, there are negatives too. So today, I want to share with you ten things that make me think twice before I pick up my notebook and fountain pen to write.

  1. Copy-pasting will ruin your notebook, editing within the notebook is made difficult.
  2. Backup copies involve copying (photocopy or even by hand) or scanning. Saving to a cloud server is difficult so in the case of a fire your notebook will most likely be lost.
  3. It is not the easiest thing to write in your notebook when it is dark, a computer has intrinsic lightning…
  4. If you write with a small child, then your pen might get hijacked and your notebook will be turned into a sketchpad.
  5. You kill trees, for what scribbles???
  6. If you hide behind a computer, people think you are working, with a notebook they just see you as some artsy species.
  7. Your hands are likely to be stained by ink, especially if you use a fountain pen.
  8. Your laziness will keep you from recopying your writing, and you will start to forget.
  9. When it comes to counting your words, have fun, no one will volunteer to do it for you…
  10. Sometimes in a scribbling frenzy you’ll write so badly, that you cannot read anything at all!

What are the main disadvantages you have come across when using a notebook?


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