Keeping It All Together
by Annette McCleave on September 29th, 2009

This topic stumped me for a while; I freely admit it. I don’t have any real writing toys. That totally cool writing software that Jessa uses? Don’t have it. My software toolbox is limited to a word processor, a spreadsheet, and a couple of graphics applications.

For fun and inspiration, I do visit the Seventh Sanctum from time to time. Very handy when you need to describe an unusual sword, or name a pirate ship, or give characteristics to an evil character in your story. If you haven’t been, I highly recommend it, if only for a chuckle. Readers will be just as amused as writers, I assure you. Okay, maybe not. We get crazy amounts of glee from details like this (from the Fantasy Crossbreed Generator): The uneducated male half-Troll illusionist. His body is one half human – one half taking after his non-human ancestor.

I’ve never actually used a description from Seventh Sanctum to build a character or object for my books, but nothing spurs creativity like imagining an uneducated half-Troll illusionist or a tolerant female half-Goblin spy.

So, do I have a writing toy? Not exactly. It’s more like an office toy. And toy is a real stretch. Are you ready for it?

Here it is:


Yes, it’s a STAPLER.

I know, you’re blown away. Wait. It gets better: this is no ordinary stapler. It’s adjustable. It can staple in the middle of a 11×17 page, which means I can make booklets of all sizes. All those school projects where the teacher rewards students for great presentation? My kid gets extra points. Yup, I’m the mom who rocks.

Come on. Admit it. You’re jealous.

I think this writing toy pretty much makes me a shoe-in for Queen of the Geeks. What do you think? Can you top my super-duper stapler for geek points? If you can, lay it on the table. Let’s see what you’ve got. :wink:

3 comments to “Keeping It All Together”

  1. 1

    That’s one of those tools that you don’t realize how cool it is until you need it. I was making chapbooks and got to the stapling part and … oh! Geeks rule the world when it gets to problem-solving!

  2. 2

    Annette’s heroes are thinking, “Oh cool, she’s going to Seventh Sanctum to conjure us up so killer weaponry.” And when she comes back, what does she hand them instead? A stapler! And then she says, “But it’s adjustable.”

  3. 3

    I AM jealous! Lol! There have been so many times I can’t get the stapler to staple where I want! I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of these.


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