This week on Discover Analog I’m proud to announce our next contributor, Stuart Lennon. Stu and I became acquainted online after I got in touch to congratulate him on his takeover of pocketnotebooks.co.uk
Stu has breathed a new lease of life into Pocket Notebooks and is doing a great job so far of supplying awesome analog tools by quality brands. Let’s find out more about his analog journey…
So Stuart, tell us all a little about yourself and your blog/website.
Stuart Lennon, a round Brit, closer to 50 than 40.
I’m a refugee from the world of financial services, which has given me a great life in some fantastic places all over Europe. I’m married to my Sicilian firecracker, Margaret and now live in a gorgeous Hampshire village, 75 miles from London. I was a customer of pocketnotebooks.co.uk and at the end of January 2017, I took over the reins of the site from its founders, Tony Short and Dan Smith. Their work at wearemyrias.com meant they could no longer keep Pocket Notebooks going.
How did you ‘discover analog’?
Like many people of my generation, during the 90s and 00s, I was gradually weaned away from analogue and into digital. Before I knew it; I had multiple devices, each trying to control elements of my life. Books were banished to store boxes in my garage, diaries, planners of years gone by were thrown away. I am writing a novel (I should point out that the next ice age is coming too. I think it may get here before I finish the novel.) Through an online writing community, I met Dr Amanda Fleet. She became my writing-buddy and my ‘analogue-enabler’. She has an excellent blog at paperpensink.blogspot.co.uk. Amanda shared with me her plotting system, for which great notebooks and pens were essential!
Are you exclusively analog or does digital still feature in your workflow?
Definitely a hybrid. I love technology. I love digital. But I am realistic about it. I look very carefully at whether a specific technology is actually helping me. For example; if I am out walking with the dog, I really don’t need social media. It would be a distraction, it would detract from enjoying the moment, of being in nature, with my dog. I still have a phone in my pocket, as being contactable is a massive benefit of technology. If a loved one needs me, I’m there. The phone is a ‘dumb phone’, the MP01 from Punkt. Calls and texts only.
That said, I still have an IPhone. Right now, I am drafting this answer in my car, outside the Doctor’s surgery, waiting for my wife.
What are the analog tools you’re currently using?
Lots! I have several pens inked up and maybe 5 or 6 pocket notebooks on the go. My EveryDay Carry is a Kaweco Sport fountain pen in Brass. I sell them, and it is indestructible in my jeans pocket.
Do you prefer pen or pencil?
Mostly I am a pen man. Recently however…pencils are looking more and more interesting1 😉
Have you ever had any bad experiences with stationery?
I have run out once or twice, but other than that, no, no bad experiences.
You’re only allowed to use 1 pen/pencil and 1 notebook for the rest of your life, what are they?
What? One? Just one? Ok, OK then. The Kaweco Brass Sport – with Summer Purple cartridges. Notebook? It would have to be the Pocketnotebooks California Backpocket Tomoe River Journal, by Curnow. Fountain pens and Tomoe are made for each other.
Do you use any analog ‘hacks’?
Analog hacks. First one – Carry a notebook. Always. You never know when you will be inspired, or simply need to remember something. Second. Turn digital notifications off. Go to tech when it suits YOU, not when it suits the tech.
What was the very last thing you wrote down? No cheating!
“A while since I used this one, is it still inked?” (I was playing with my fountain pens before answering question 7!)
What other stationery blogs would you recommend to others?
Oh wow. There are so many. Here are a few that I have been following recently…
Amanda at paperpensink.blogspot.co.uk
Reema at aumsome.co.uk
TJ on Youtube at Wood & Graphite
Laura at nibandmuck.com
Anthony at uk.fountainpens.wordpress.com
Stuart shares some great behind the scenes insights about the running of Pocket Notebooks and all of the fine stationery you can buy online. Not only that, his cute schnauzer! You can follow Stuart on twitter, instagram or facebook.