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RedMolly
10-16-2006, 07:22 PM
For the purpose of jotting down notes in the shower, which is where all good ideas come from.

Does anyone make such a thing?

Thanks!

MidnightMuse
10-16-2006, 07:24 PM
Yep. Look around at www.Benmeadows.com They sell to the Forestry workers, and they make waterproof paper and pencils.

RedMolly
10-16-2006, 07:32 PM
Well, how cute are those?! Thanks for the tip... I think one will be winging its way to me soon.

Anyone else blessed with a Muse who appears to moonlight as a water nymph?

PeeDee
10-16-2006, 07:42 PM
How terribly strange. How probably very cool, except it's also very strange...

...one of those things which I would very happily use in the bath. Note-writing in the bath! Brilliant! The work I would get done!

sanctuary6284
10-16-2006, 08:09 PM
http://www.riteintherain.com

Should have the type of stuff you're looking for.

icerose
10-16-2006, 08:12 PM
I love baths for that reason, it's quiet, calm, I'm alone (well not always), and my head is clear. I keep a notebook but the risk of dripping water on it makes me shy away from using it. I'll have to look into getting one of those.

JulesJones
10-16-2006, 08:15 PM
They're made by several companies, and sold to science lab workers (which is where I know them from), outdoor activity people etc. Googling on "waterproof notebooks" willl get you a string of mail order suppliers, and if you've got an outdoor activities shop like REI nearby you can probably find them in there. Most of them will work with an ordinary pen or pencil, but to be fully waterproof, you need to use something that won't run when it gets wet. An ordinary lead pencil should be okay, but as MidnightMuse says, there are waterproof pens available as well.

icerose
10-16-2006, 08:19 PM
My only problem is the price, I would be terrified to use it. :(

PeeDee
10-16-2006, 08:22 PM
I love baths for that reason, it's quiet, calm, I'm alone (well not always), and my head is clear. I keep a notebook but the risk of dripping water on it makes me shy away from using it. I'll have to look into getting one of those.

I think it's a writerly thing. I very much enjoy my bath. Usually, I take one between scenes I'm not sure about, so I can recharge. I can waste whole hours lying there reading something else.

I don't know if I'd actually write in the bath. I think I enjoy reading too much.

Those of you who are braver than I could set up a laptop near the bath with a microphone and one of those dictation programs. That would work too.

Carrie in PA
10-16-2006, 08:24 PM
So I could quit jumping out of the shower, leaving a trail of wet splotches in my wake, freezing my tushy, and just jot something down IN the shower instead??? Whoa. On the Christmas list it goes!

icerose
10-16-2006, 09:37 PM
Now I'm wondering if something like a laminated sheet of paper or message board, and a wax crayon would work - something erasable, as I'm usually working on only one scene at a time when I'm in the shower, and thus wouldn't usually need more than a sheet. Anyone have any similar methods, or know if it would be feasable?

That's what I want to look into, something reusable. Since my budget is so tight, I don't think I could just throw the notebook away when I was done with it.

PeeDee, yeah, I think so too. I don't get a lot of time in the tub anymore because my kids always need or want something, but when they get older, I love writing in the tub because it's just a great spot to do it lol.

RedMolly
10-16-2006, 09:51 PM
Now I'm wondering if something like a laminated sheet of paper or message board, and a wax crayon would work

I don't see why it wouldn't work... but I know I'd chew my hand off in frustration trying to write with a crayon. I have itty-bitty teeny-weeny ultra-precise handwriting, and trying to write with a crayon would be like trying to floss my teeth with a two-by-four.

Sure, those notebooks might be a little pricey (I just ordered two little ones for $5 each), but if I get even one saleable manifestation out of them, they'll more than pay for themselves...

scribbler1382
10-16-2006, 10:25 PM
This has to be the most bizarre thread in months. To me, anyways.

AW rocks! :)

Shadow_Ferret
10-16-2006, 10:35 PM
I think it's a writerly thing. I very much enjoy my bath.

I haven't taken a bath in years. Hmm, maybe that's why nobody comes near me.

Old Hack
10-16-2006, 10:35 PM
I can't write in the bath. Two reasons:

1) We only have a shower in the renovated part of the house. The unfinished end of the house has three baths, but no hot water.

2) Baths are too sensual and I get distracted. I can barely manage to read in them for oooh, more than an hour or two.

Sassenach
10-16-2006, 10:36 PM
I don't have the world's greatest memory but I can remember something for the 2 minutes it takes to get out of the shower, dry off and grab a pencil.

Old Hack
10-16-2006, 10:45 PM
You've obviously got a lot less to towel off than I have, Sass (said sadly, whilst considering the size of my rear end).

MidnightMuse
10-16-2006, 11:16 PM
I am a great lover of the bubble bath (even though my tub is 4' long and I'm 5' 7" long) but I don't write in there. I simply think, imagine the next scene or an upcoming scene or issue, or mentally re-write a scene. Anything good enough to think up is gonna stick in my head long enough to get written down within the next few hours.

I won't get out of bed to jot anything down, either. I think about it over and over, working it out, then if it's there in the morning, it's good enough to write down. If not, then something else comes along.

I do buy the pads from BenMeadows all the time for work, and they do work in wet environments. But any laminated sheet and wax pencil will do the same thing.

Just my .02cents :)

RedMolly
10-16-2006, 11:45 PM
I don't have the world's greatest memory but I can remember something for the 2 minutes it takes to get out of the shower, dry off and grab a pencil.

OK, this is how the aquatic inspiration process currently works for me:

1. Strip down, hop in, lather up.
2. Stand for several minutes with painfully hot water squirting at that one permanently tweaked spot in my shoulder.
3. Get inspiration! Not just one idea, but a flood of the flighty little buggers!
4. Rinse off rapidly, getting oceans of soap in mouth as a result of big cheesy inspired grin.
5. Hop out; dry off body; spend next five-ten minutes towelling off and brushing out ridiculous quantities of over-long hair. Because if the tangles dry in, they're staying in.
6. Throw on clothes; go in search of a pen and notebook.
7. Interruption no. 1: child approaches me with bleeding limb, the result of my inattention for the last ten minutes and his brother's resulting slide into attack mode. Bandage child; dry tears.
8. Interruption no. 2: phone rings with the distinctive ringtone of a Work Call that cannot be ignored. Answer; put out minor fire.
9. Interruption no. 3: other child approaches, requesting that I unzip the back of his Wolverine costume so he can use the bathroom.
10. Track down pen and notebook in appointed spot on bedside table.
11. Pen is dry. Someone (beloved Sweetie, perhaps) has been using it to jot notes while on phone and neglected to replace cap.
12. Find functional pen, after going through pen cup and flinging aside four or five non-functional models.
13. Second child approaches again, requesting that the back of his Wolverine costume be re-zipped into place.
14. Pen in hand--check. Notebook in hand--check. Ready to record brilliant idea!
15. What were we talking about again?

Shadow_Ferret
10-17-2006, 12:33 AM
I wonder if they don't just make waterproof digital voice recorders.

Now excuse me while I go take a cold shower.

PeeDee
10-17-2006, 03:09 AM
2) Baths are too sensual and I get distracted. I can barely manage to read in them for oooh, more than an hour or two.

:e2thud:

icerose
10-17-2006, 03:17 AM
14. Pen in hand--check. Notebook in hand--check. Ready to record brilliant idea!
15. What were we talking about again?

Keep a small notebook and mechanical pencil in the bathroom in the cabinent and just jot them down with dry hands and wet everything else that's what I do. Sure you freeze your naked butt off, but at least no one gets to interrupt you while you are jotting them down...unless your sweetheart is home, then there is just no guarantee!

I prefer bathsalts over bubbles, but once in a while bubbles are still fun.

PeeDee
10-17-2006, 03:21 AM
I only put rose petals and Mariah Carey in my baths.

icerose
10-17-2006, 04:31 AM
Well if you aren't taking a shower and are lounging in a tub, you can just get a cheap voice recorder, set it to meeting setting and leave it on the sink nearby. It should pick up your voice just fine. There are also those that record only when sounds activate them, so you wouldn't have to fumble through a lot of quiet lulls.

http://www.spyville.com/penvoicerecorder.html

A writers dream.

PeeDee
10-17-2006, 04:56 AM
ETA: Eureka! Waterproof watches with a digital voice recorder inside! Google for it, and you'll see several makes and models. One in particular is by a company called 'Skullcandy'. (I don't know anything about any of these, so if you buy one and it doesn't work, don't shoot me.)

Finally, I can record voice memos underwater! Yes!

:D

(actually, it does look pretty cool, in a very dorky sort of Dick Tracey kind of way.)

Kentuk
10-17-2006, 05:22 AM
How about a voice activated recorder? I don't think it would need to be in the shower with you. Oh that wouldn't work because you would have to listen to yourself singing!

Kentuk

Rats! I share an internet connection and wrote this post off line. Go to post it and find out someone has suggested my suggestion.

Anthony Ravenscroft
10-17-2006, 12:59 PM
Spend $40 on a Sony microcassette recorder, & put it into a heavy-duty Ziploc bag. Simple. Works really good for most handguns, too. (Don't ask.)

expatbrat
10-17-2006, 02:21 PM
You could always have one of those writing boards that SCUBA divers use to jot down idea lists. They are reusable and come in a couple of different sizes. You could then write longer details notes in your normal-notes-book when you got dry.

Those journals do look pretty cool thou.

Or you could get a proper dry bag for your voice recorder - I use one from my phone when I go mountain biking and it works a treat. Sailors and other boat users use them too. You can talk right through the plastic. Most MP3 players have voice recorders these days and they are getting really cheap (well in Thailand they are?). Most outdoor stores will sell the waterproof bags for electronics.

RedMolly
10-17-2006, 07:10 PM
Well, I went ahead and bought a couple of the cute little Rite-in-the-Rain notebooks and a Fisher Space Pen. I figure we're moving to Portland in a few months, so the waterproof gear is going to be pretty much a necessity anyway. (We're going to be living Rite-in-the-Rain. Ha ha ha ha ha.)

byElizabeth
10-17-2006, 09:17 PM
What I think I need is a "floating little desk" type of thing in the bath. Then I could put my notebook on it and write... I can't find anything like this...

TeddyG
10-17-2006, 09:26 PM
And they call my threads insane! :D

K1P1
10-17-2006, 09:28 PM
Gee, Teddy, I thought you'd be here looking for people spending more time than usual in the shower. :)

TeddyG
10-17-2006, 09:31 PM
Mags..why do you think I gravitated to this thread in the first place? :D
Notebooks in the bath and shower...
I dont need more angst while I am taking a shower, I got enough of it as it is..tyvm!

RedMolly
10-17-2006, 10:03 PM
Elizabeth: check out the Crayola Floating Art Desk (http://www.crayolastore.com/product_detail.asp?T1=CRA+023034&.). Complete with bath crayons. :)

icerose
10-17-2006, 11:45 PM
Another option is a flexible sewing desk, where you can wheel it around, lower it, raise it, kind of like the hospital ones, but you could just swing the side over the tub, have your notebook on top, and then swing it out of the way when you're done.

expatbrat
10-18-2006, 04:22 AM
These waterproof writing devices would also be handy for moving the writing office out to the pool and floating around on a floating sun bed.

OR - you could sit on the bottom of the ocean with all the fish etc swimming about and write a chapter or two down there - no phones, no distractions. Think of the work you could get done.