There are always a few things on my list of ‘really want, must buy if I see it’. Quite frankly, if I just wrote my list out and stuck to it it would be good for my bank balance, but that’s another story. One item that has been on the list for a long time now is a very specific type of journal. I wanted a thick, leather bound, hardback, A5 journal with good quality paper. An inch thick minimum, and not more than £20.
I don’t even know why I want it, apart from the fact that Ianto Jones had one in Torchwood, and it looked cool with half the papers crinkled from use and stuffed with notes. His was smaller, but I like A5, and had a lock on it, but I’d only lose the key.
So I knew what I wanted. To give you an idea of how long I’ve been looking, Ianto was written out of the show in 2009. I’ve still not forgiven them for that one, incidentally. I’ve written a lot of Torchwood fanfiction, and for a long time I wondered about rewriting my mega fanfiction from the start in the style of journal entries, and do it properly, in the journal. But no, that would be silly, and anyway I couldn’t find something that matched what I wanted.
Skip to the present, and TK Maxx is possibly my favourite stationery shop. It has provided me with my favourite brand of journal – Eccolo World Traveller – and so many pretty shiny things, often seen and grabbed, because they’ll never cross my path again. Whenever I go away, I check out TK Maxx for shiny things and different buyers. And lo and behold, in TK Maxx in the centre of Sheffield, there it was. An inch thick, made in Italy with genuine leather, heavy pages and A5, and just £10. Five years of searching, and it finally came home with me.
I am a happy stationery addict, but I have no idea what I’m going to use it for.