If you've been a regular reader of Flaming Nora, you'll know that I write Coronation Street weekly updates. I've been doing so since 1995 and you can find out why here. What you don't know is that I scribble notes to myself as I watch Corrie every week to remind me of what's happened when I'm writing up the updates.
Something else you don't know is that the notes I take have to be written in a very special notebook, not just any will do. I bought a new notebook today, it's flexible yet firm and has cartoon owls on the front.
It's a plain paper notebook. I dislike lined notepaper for this most fun of all tasks because my Corrie notes are a scribble and I'd go over lines on the page. I write the notes while I watch telly and my eyes often don't leave the screen for the page.
But it's not just plain paper that's needed. The weekly update notebook needs to have a feel and a touch that's just right. It can't be too heavy, it can't be too light. It has to feel good to write in, to hold in my hand, with quality paper inside. And if it has a page-marker ribbon - this new one is blue - so much the better. The notebook is more important than the pen.
I can't recall how many notebooks I've gone through in the 16 years I've been writing Corrie updates for fan websites all over the world, but it must have been more than 10. The notebooks are sacred and are never used for anything other than Corrie notes, never.
And, well, this is the first time I've ever shared the notebook, gone public with it, if you will. How long this one'll last is difficult to say. It's a thick, heavy book so there could be a year's worth of updates in it. I promise I'll post a picture of the next one too. And the one after that, but only if you want.