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Moleskines are great and everything, but have you tried Leuchtturm, their fancier German counterpart?? Leuchtturms will also not make you write more, which I had to find out the hard way

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May 24, 2023Liked by Alex Dobrenko`

I love using the 1917 Notebooks with my fountain pens! I have this army green one I take everywhere in this notebook cover with a few TWSBI fountain pens! Oh my! It’s like my friend.

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Ink just slides over those pages so beautifully!

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It does! What fountain pen are you using?

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I am actually a simple gel pen girl myself, because tbh my handwriting is too bad to deserve a fountain pen. There is this beautiful store in DC called Jenni Bick where I used to buy my Leuchtturms and they had the most amazing selection of Japanese fountain pens, but I always stopped myself from buying one because I knew they wouldn’t make my penmanship any better (that I could realize this about the pens while simultaneously not realizing that the notebooks would not make me write more was a feat of cognitive dissonance).

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i have the worst handwriting and leemme tell you, its more fun to write it with a fountain pen!

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May 24, 2023Liked by Alex Dobrenko`

Honestly, get an inexpensive TWSBI or Lamy Safari, some ink, and have some fun. My handwriting sucks too and it didn’t stop me ;)

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I love my rainbow of Leuchtturm notebooks. 😍

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The muted pastel ones with the dots inside instead of lines...I cannot resist!!

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False, it WILL make me write more but as it turns out, my handwriting is so piss-poor that I can’t read it later anyway

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I hear ya! I used to have beautiful writing and now l, not so much.

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BAHAHA i feel attacked

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May 24, 2023Liked by Alex Dobrenko`

Same.

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I'd pay more to subscribe if you sent me this essay inside a new customized BAT/Moleskine notebook

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u serious?

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First, I don’t buy notebooks at CVS, since you can write a novel on the back of one CVS receipt. Just buy Jakeman’s cough drops and use the receipt for writing.

Now, is the rest of the list going in that fancy moleskine you just bought, or are we waiting for next week?

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My closet full of notebooks haunt me like ghosts.

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May 23, 2023Liked by Alex Dobrenko`

A $25 Moleskine won't work, but a $30, handpainted Molgea will 🫠

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If you marry the shop owner, you'll get them for free!

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May 23, 2023Liked by Alex Dobrenko`

My favorite notebook I bought is covered front and back in faux fur. I will never come up with a writing idea good enough to actually justify using it.

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Say more about “car wash but for humans” 🤣

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its like a cdar wash but for humans

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car*

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But you can use the hard cover Moleskines as a shield when stuff goes down. Just sayin'.

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Or as a weapon. Just saying, just saying.

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May 27, 2023Liked by Alex Dobrenko`

It's a trap!

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I love this.

I am guilty of this.

I JUST DID THIS A FEW DAYS AGO. (Not moleskin, but this super rad artsy fabric covered job from the "Frank Lloyd Wright" collection at my local art museum.)

I also have a vast collection of journals with the starts of nothings scrawled onto the first dozen pages or so.

When real books become obsolete, writers will still be buying journals. Journals will never die.

Also, are those journals really made from the skins of moles? 😟

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Hahaha I had to look it up the answer is no: Moleskin is a densely woven cotton fabric with a brushed surface that looks like suede or the fur of a mole (but is not made with animal skin!).

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May 25, 2023Liked by Alex Dobrenko`

Moleskin has seen you... and marked you. Goodluck.

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I went into moleskin protection

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It wasn’t a moleskin but it was blue and had textured WAVES on it so I can’t really write in it because it’s more of a statement piece and what else am I going to show Oprah when she comes to my cabin to interview me after my successful career as a writer has taken off and sustained?? Riddle me that, Alex.

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No true cuz I forgot about Oprah k will delete

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May 24, 2023·edited May 24, 2023Liked by Alex Dobrenko`

I found a brand called Exceed I think they're only sold at Walmart, meh, but it's great. The paper is as nice as my Leuchtterm1917, it has 2 ribbons and a band that keeps it closed. I use it for journaling and paste some flat paper momentos in each month so by the end of the year it turns into a scrapbook kinda thing.

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Ahhhh do not tell me about more good ones k brb gonna look up exceed for research

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Very similar energy to me telling my wife that she doesn't need another mug in order to stop going to Starbucks and start making her coffee at home oh would you look at that there's a new mug in the cupboard.

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Mugs are cool tho

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