More Moleskine Hacks

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"Hack 2, Use Waterman pens with Pilot G2 ink: I use Pilot G2 .7mm rollerball
refills
exclusively now. I performed some experiments on Moleskine paper and
G2 ink and while I spare you the details, I will say that G2 ink on a Moleskine
page will last as long as the page holds together. G2 ink is cheap (about a buck
a pen) and available almost everywhere in the US including major office supply
stores, grocery stores, and drug stores. Every Waterman rollerball pen I have
tried can hold a G2 refill. Right now I use a Waterman Expert
2
with a G2 refill for all of my writing. It’s expensive but cheaper than a
Palm Pilot. If you don’t want to spend a lot on a fancy snobby pen, get a Pilot Dr. Grip Gel. It
runs about $5 and for the money its the best pen in the US.

Hack 3, Number your pages. In my story notebooks, I write the page number of
the book and the page number of the story I am working on. In each corner of
every page I draw a small rectangle with enough room for the page number of the
Moleskine and the page number of the story I am working on. This way, if I ever
happen to start a new story before finishing another, I can keep track of which
pages go with which stories. I keep an index of all of the stories in each
Moleskine on the first page of the notebook with page number references. Five
hundred or a thousand years from now can dig up my old stories and publish them
in some giant tome. I don’t do this for my normal walking-around journal which
is usually piled up with work notes and drawings of swords and vampires."

Mike Shea

Moleskinerie contributor

More Moleskine Hacks by
Mike Shea,  7 December 2004
Reproduced in full   under a Creative Commons License

43 Folders, an organizational website and blog, had a great set of Moleskine Hacks.  I loved some of those ideas and decided to come up with my own Moleskine hacks, so here they are:

Hack 1, Wear Cargo Pants: I wear cargo pants almost exclusively now
even if they don’t quite meet up to the social pressures of my job. I
carry a copy of Strunk and White and a thin paperback book (like Stephen King says, always carry a book with you) in one pocket.  Right now its H.P. Lovecraft’s "At the Mountains of Madness".  In the other cargo pocket I carry one or two Moleskine plain pocket-sized notebooks.  I carry my Waterman Expert 2 loaded with G2 .7mm black ink refills, a Pentel click eraser (white art-style eraser in a little plastic pen-sized tube), and a Rotring 600 .7mm mechanical pencil or Faber Castell 1.2mm E-Motion pencil.  The cargo pants (my favorite are Eddie Bauer ultimate cargo pants), also hold my cell phone and iPod, my wallet, and keys.  Since becoming a Moleskinner, these pants do the job very well.

Hack 2, Use Waterman pens with Pilot G2 ink: I use Pilot G2 .7mm rollerball refills
exclusively now. I performed some experiments on Moleskine paper and G2
ink and while I spare you the details, I will say that G2 ink on a
Moleskine page will last as long as the page holds together. G2 ink is
cheap (about a buck a pen) and available almost everywhere in the US
including major office supply stores, grocery stores, and drug stores.
Every Waterman rollerball pen I have tried can hold a G2 refill. Right
now I use a Waterman Expert 2
with a G2 refill for all of my writing. It’s expensive but cheaper than
a Palm Pilot. If you don’t want to spend a lot on a fancy snobby pen,
get a Pilot Dr. Grip Gel.  It runs about $5 and for the money its the best pen in the US.

Hack 3, Number your pages. In each corner of every page I draw a
small rectangle with enough room for the page number of the Moleskine
and the page number of the story I am working on. This way, if I ever
happen to start a new story before finishing another, I can keep track
of which pages go with which stories. I keep an index of all of the
stories in each Moleskine on the first page of the notebook with page
number references. Five hundred or a thousand years from now can dig up
my old stories and publish them in some giant tome. I don’t do this for
my normal walking-around journal which is usually piled up with work
notes and drawings of swords and vampires.

Hack 4: Print out my Writer’s Tips PDF and keep a copy in each Moleskine.  I wrote a Writer’s Tips PDF with useful writing tips on one side and a page from the Operina 1522 calligraphy book.
The PDF pages are meant to be printed to two sides of a single piece of
paper and then cut in half. Folding each half twice should allow it to
fit into the back pocket of a pocket Moleskine. The sheet includes tips
from Orwell, Strunk and White, Heinlein, and Edward Tufte
along with a list of overused metaphors I collect in my travels. The
page from the Operina matches the writing style I choose to follow
these days, a writing style of Chancery Italics both legible and easy
to write.

Hack 5, Use the Plain Pocket Moleskine Notebook:
The plain pocket notebook allows you to have any sort of notebook you
want. Without any lines at all you are free to work it into an address
book, a phone book, a journal, a schedule, a scrap book, a sketch book,
or just about anything else. No lines means freedom to do whatever you
want. The size of the Moleskine pocket notebook means you can carry it
wherever you go. It fits in purses or pockets easily and allows you to
jot down that brilliant thought whether you are at the office, on a
plane, or waiting in line at a grocery store.

Hack 6, Use Moleskine Hyperlinks: By numbering every page in your
Moleskine you can add a "continued from page 53" or "continued on page
92". These Moleskine hyperlinks help you keep track of multiple threads
of thought happening all at once. They also help others understand your
thoughts when they dig up your priceless Moleskine in a thousand years.

View larger photos of Mike’s notebook at SEE, the Moleskinerie Gallery.

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