As the autumn colours start to turn the leaves various ruddy shades, it's good to be reminded of the summer, and the first of our selections of limited-edition goodness from Story Supply comes in the shape of SMR '18 notebooks. These pocket-sized (90 x 140mm) beauties come with cover designs reminiscent of the 1960s surfing film Endless Summer - no, I've never seen it either, but just nod and smile knowingly and you can bluff this one - with lots of orange and yellow all over the place.
There are some lovely finishing touches, too. Look at that inside cover - they have actually spelled 'analogue' correctly! Well, shiver me waxed timbers. Better still, the un-lined light cream paper can handle a wet nib and is even better with a decent pencil, which is not the easiest trick to pull off.
Oh, and it also comes with a surfboard sticker, which is logical enough really - even if I thought it was a bookmark. Well, I'm more likely to go to the beach to read, let's be honest.
For anyone who wants something a little larger in order to actually write a story or two, the Ithaca 'prime' size notebook is a rather interesting option. Just a little shy of A5 on the horizontal axis, there is nevertheless plenty of writing space in one of these.
The dot-grid paper is a pleasantly tactile experience to write on, and although a tiny bit of feathering is evident under a very wet nib, it's nothing too much to worry about - and again, it absolutely rocks a pencil.
Ithaca itself was supposedly the island that Odysseus was trying to get back to during all that Mediterranean gallivanting-about. Curiously enough, many centuries later it was also briefly under Venetian control, then subsequently as part of the the United States of the Ionian Islands, a British protectorate in what is now Greece, with Italian as an official language and William Gladstone as Lord High Commissioner Extraordinary (as a bit of a break from chopping down trees and therefore, possibly, adding to the store of wood pulp for nineteenth-century notebooks). Now really, if that doesn't inspire you to works of giddy fiction, nothing will.
Then, to complete the thoroughly unique finish, they added bright orange staples. I know, right? How very extraordinary - or as surfers I used to live with would have put it more economically, rad!