Portfolio for notepad….check!
Random story notes….check!
Waitaminute…I don’t need both; I just need to choose one.
(A) I like the smooth-flowing action of the pens (Tul brand) and the fact that there is no sharpening.
(B) I like the ability to erase and (effectively) limitless supply of graphite compared to running out of ink.
I’ve opted for choice (B), even though I will have to take breaks occasionally to sharpen. The reason for choosing pencils over pens is not what you would initially suspect.
I have three dozen untouched No. 2 pencils and they will probably never get used for anything if not writing. I think I bought them years ago in my fit of stocking my home office with supplies. Attracted as I am to bulk pricing, I likely picked up a “small case” of pencils (along with the other sundries that I have managed to properly consume).
As for the sharpening “dilemma”, I’ve got an electric sharpener (two, actually…don’t ask) and I’ll just sharpen a half-dozen at a time, thus alleviating the momentum-killing getting up and down frequently.
So, when it comes to the preparation work on the book, you can pencil me in.