Remember Filofax? Like many people in the 1980s, I toted a black, approx A5 sized leather folder which not only contained my diary, notes and address book, but also expenses sheets, stamp and card holders, to do lists, maps, vocabulary lists – in short, my life.
Came the electronic revolution, I waved it bye-bye. The next time I used it seriously was in 2005 for research notes when I did my MA in history. I was reminded how compact it was and how easy to carry round with me.
But I recently found (to my surprise!) that Filofax is more than a folder full of stuff. I discovered a delightful system call Flex. This appeared when I was planning my trip to the RNA Conference in Caerleon earlier this month. I needed to take plenty to write on for the copious notes I knew I would be taking, but the sheets of paper tended to fall out of the plastic folder or got lost in between other stuff.
Enter the Flex folder! It has slide-in notebooks with lined pages or plain pages and when opened on a lecture theatre table for taking notes it doesn’t overlap the neighbour’s working space. And there’s a loop for a pen or pencil, slots for cards and a tear off pad for little notes.
I carried two 80-page notebooks (which was enough even for me) without busting Ryanair’s Nazi-like weight restrictions. (I love Ryanair really 😉 )
One thing was missing: an integrated burglar alarm to prevent all the admiring glances crystallising into something more nefarious.
I’m not on commission, but I let you know I’m adding this to my collection of useful things for writers.
Who’d have thought?
What do you find are the most useful tools, gadgets and gizmos supporting your writing?