In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Pens and Pencils.”

I find myself using pen and paper more often than you’d expect. It has to do with me not always having access to a computer when I need it and not having a phone that supports MS Word documents, while having blank paper all around me all the time, in notebooks, organizers and so on. When cross-referencing that with my extensive writing needs, the result you get is my mess of a desk, with book-towers, notebook-mazes and pieces of paper filling all the work space left. That’s the way it’s been five years ago and that’s the way it is now; my usage of electronics has, indeed, increased, by the usage of pens and pencils hasn’t decreased.

Another reason may be my long term diary-writing. I’ve been writing a diary since I was eight, and I still do it as frequently as I have back then. I have an electronic diary as well, but I don’t use it as much as the classic hardcover notebook of 250 pages that I refer to as “my Diary”. I suppose it grew on me.

In conclusion, I have no problem imagining the pre-keyboard era, as I’m a time traveler who frequently switches from one era to the other. Oh, and – to answer the question – I think my last handwritten journal entry was about five days ago, and up until October 2014 a friend and I were communicating via snail mail. Are there any of you like me out there? If yes, send a postcard!


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