Thursday, March 23

When Inspiration Hits

by Margie Senechal 

Sometimes we need a kick in the butt to get us off the bench and into the game. Even if it's the game of writing. Or maybe especially IF it's the game of writing.

Yesterday, I bought two new writing tools.

New pens. Bic Gelocity pens, to be exact. And oh, how pretty! New pens are probably my most favorite things. And I love the way these flow and the way my words flow with them.

And then at Barnes and Noble, I saw this notebook clutch. Oooo...pretty pages...

Initially I got it just to have in my purse for emergency purposes. You know, emergency paper necessities that arise. You never know when you need a sticky note, a page tab, or a piece of paper ideal for making a list.

So, while Jordy was volunteering at the Humane Society, I stopped at a Starbucks that didn't have a drive-thru. I intended to get my coffee and go back to wait for Jordy. But, instead I sat down and opened up the new paper clutch. 

I wanted to try out my new pens, so I took out the green one. I wrote a thought about my shiny new object. And then another.

Soon, I had five pages front and back, along with a few sticky notes on the side. I even started the second chapter on the backside of the pages.

I'm at a spot in Suitcases that I'm struggling with and every word feels like it's being pulled out of me. But, this was--well, bliss. And sometimes you just have to follow your bliss.

Have a great Thursday!


  1. Oh yeah...bliss! Interestingly, although I love writing in a pretty notebook or journal, my hands are arthritic and I've had surgery on one thumb joint and they just don't write as nicely as they used to. You've inspired me though--I'll practice in the new journal Husband just gave me...

    1. When my trigger thumb acts up, I know that feeling! Enjoy your journal!

  2. I love it when that happens! And that notebook is too cute - I may have to look for something like that for my office-in-a-bag!

    1. It would be ideal for that! They had more practical designs but I just fell in love.

  3. So pretty, and I do love following the bliss. Great post, Margie!

  4. You know, I've never written at a coffee shop. I think it's something I should try. If J.K. Rowling believes it's blissful, you must be on to something. Love your notebook!

  5. I write my first draft more away from home--Barnes and Noble, Panera, Starbucks--than at home. It's not until I start putting it in the computer that I work at home. I seem to think better without home distractions and with a pen in hand.