The monotony of being a writer is that you’re often stuck in front of a screen or typewriter, or with your nose in a book. While we bookworms love the shut-in lifestyle, it does mean that finding new inspiration outside of literature can be quite a challenge. In times such as these, I pack my laptop up in my Sutter’s Mill bag and I get in my car and I drive. Having no destination is what fuels new experiences, and for me, it’s that uncertainty that breeds inspiration. So I go, and I stop whenever I see someplace or someone interesting, and sometimes I just people watch, other times I like to strike up conversation when possible, because the more individuals I meet, the more variety of experience I have and can pull from when my story calls for it. You wouldn’t believe some of the characters I met out there, the stories, the perspectives, and each with their own answer to what makes them happy.
So today, I drove an hour west until I came across a little coffee shop in a cute little Ohio town, and I wrote. And it streamed from me. I watched people living their lives, creating a backstory in my mind for each who walked by that caught my curiosity, and from that, I gained fresh eyes to relieve me of my block. One of my favorite places to go is just about anywhere on High Street in Columbus, because you’re right on the Ohio State campus, where there’s all sorts of interesting people. And even better is checking out the Gallery Hop, which happens on the first Saturday of every month, because there’s few times when the widest variety of people come out at one time, so people watching is at its finest. Other than that, time is the best to cure the worst of the blocks a writer can have. Share below of what are your remedies are to writer’s block.
United by Blue specializes in outdoor clothing, camp gear, fine bags, and so much more, and the Sutter’s Mill Tool bag is among their finest in style, build and quality as far as I’ve seen. With pockets inside and out and because of its wide inner compartment, the Sutter’s Mill can be employed as a camera bag or an overnight bag, too. The bag has dual rolled top handles with a 6” drop, interior open pockets and a padded laptop sleeve (which accommodates up to a 13” laptop). On the exterior, zipper pockets on each side give you a utility pouch to work with, as well as several open pockets that are perfectly sized for hammers and clip on tools. The material feels of long lasting quality, as does the stitching, and the leather has been worked smooth, which is also pleasant to the touch (and it smells heavenly). Additionally, the fabric has been treated with a water repellent protection, which is rated as downpour proof. The dimensions of the Sutter’s Mill Tool Bag is 15.5”x 12.75” x 8”, with a storage volume of 27-liters.
All in all, I came away very impressed by the quality, design and craftsmanship of United by Blue’s Sutter’s Mill tool bag. I’ve used it as a tool bag, a camera bag, a laptop and briefcase where necessary, and love it. It bridges the gap between a myriad of uses, which allows me to live more simply by relying on the bag for majority of my work and travel needs.
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Article written by Brandon Scott
Product photos by Brandon Scott
(Photo of people walking by pennuja via Flickr)