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Slate Audio Book Club Podcast
I really love the analysis and insight provided by the contributors to Slate’s Audio Book Club. They read a fairly wide variety of books. And if you are a fan of the Tournament of Books, they’ve done episodes on two of this year’s contenders: Dept. of Speculation and Redeployment.

Authors Plotting
I love seeing how authors work. Check out this article from The Millions about mapping the imaginery that includes visuals authors make to assist in keeping their plots and characters straight. And, of course, check out J.K. Rowling’s impressive charts tracking her Harry Potter plots. Flavorwire has a nice roundup of these too.

Commonplace Notebooks
I’ve loved the idea of a commonplace notebook for a long time. It’s essentially a notebook kept of quotations and insights gathered from the things you read or otherwise consume. Belle over at MsBookish.com has been mentioning commonplace books a lot lately, including a link to this awesome article about ways to make your reading more productive. I liked this article on how and why to keep a commonplace book from Ryan Holiday too. I also read one other article recently about keeping all of the insights you get from what you read and consume to create your own kind of personal life course to read and review, but I can’t find it now. All of this has inspired me to recommit to keeping a commonplace journal.

Field Notes
All of that talk about commonplace books lead me to search about for the perfect notebook in which to keep one. I’ve used Moleskines in various forms and capacities for years, but I wanted to try something a little different. I finally decided on Field Notes. They make awesome American-made notebooks for excellent prices. I choose the Expedition Edition for my first set. Their slogan is “I’m not writing it down to remember it later, I’m writing it down to remember it now,” which exactly fits my current goals. I can’t wait to start using these.

LAMY Safari Fountain Pen
I’ve been toying with the idea of trying out fountain pens. After a little research, I’m fairly convinced that if I do jump in, I’ll start with a LAMY Safari. I’m a bit intimidated by the extremely wide range of products and price points and by the very active community. Are any of you fountain pen users and lovers?