It's that time. The time when all the schools send home their lists of what is needed during the upcoming year. My girls are grown and long past this yearly ritual. But when they were growing up I had a cupboard full of school supplies so they never had to want for a thing throughout the school year. They had Trapper Keepers and dozens of folders to put inside decorated with kittens and unicorns. I remember when I was a kid the thrill of making book covers out of plain brown grocery bags. And buying those standard black and white composition books. Now they come in every color. And... I go a little crazy, every year, when the new school supplies come out... because I scout out super cool notebooks for my writing. And get pens to match. My pens have to be color coordinated matching the color of the notebooks. I'm still a bit old fashioned, in that regard... preferring pen and paper to typing the words on a computer. Even though, that is ultimately where those words will end up. I will tell you that transcribing from paper to computer is a royal pain, however. That's why a book I wrote a couple years ago is still sitting there in longhand waiting for me to take the time to put it in the computer. I doubt the story is as good as I once thought. That is why I'm sitting on it. Besides I'm not sure I can read my writing, at this point, anyway? But I keep plugging along with new ideas, in new notebooks with new pens hoping that something I write is entertaining enough to take it a step further. When that happens I'll let you know. In the meantime, you can find me in Aisle Seven with the school supplies, giddy with excitement about the new assortment of colors and designs available in paper products and writing utensils.