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Write Through It

I came across an article through one of the pen people at FPN-P’s Facebook group. I found it quite interesting, although most of us in the FP collecting community already know this to be true. The article: How to Deal with Anxiety, Tragedy or Heartache.

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Writing has always been very therapeutic for me, and this article gives some insight on why it could be effective for many people.

A lot of people who are going through some stressful and emotionally difficult situations may find comfort in expressing their thoughts to people who are “good listeners”, like sympathetic family, friends or practitioners like therapists and counselors. However, there are people who find talking with other people a bit difficult. People can judge you, treat you differently when they hear about your struggles. You can’t predict how they will react, and what they will say. I’m not saying that talking to people isn’t important, I believe that it is. I just think that there are times when you also need to confront your emotions by yourself, and expressive writing can help you with that.

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Expressive writing can help you slow down, untangle your convoluted thoughts and emotions, and examine them closely. It can help unburden your mind and as you exert more effort in putting your thoughts into words, your emotions become less abstract and more tangible.

When my mother died, I avoided writing. I have always kept a journal since I was a little girl, and so not being able to write is something new to me. I could not confront my emotions about my mother’s death, and I had so much difficulty talking about it with people in exactly the way I need to talk about it. I could not verbalize my anger and my grief. When I finally picked up my pen and started writing, I calmed down, I was able to process my grief, I adjusted better.

I took expressive writing to a deeper level and started writing my thoughts about my daily devotions. Not just note-taking (though I did that too), but journal entries that expounded on what I learned and how I felt about what I read. Soon I was publishing some of those thoughts on my blog when I had the time.

Writing has been so comforting for me. Sometimes, when it’s turning into one of those days and one of those days is turning into one of those weeks, I just write. Even without any idea on why I’m feeling so withdrawn and sad, writing comforts me. Often I would come to an understanding of my sadness, and I would always feel a lot lighter. A lot less burdened. Even just writing my favorite Psalms can open up my mind and my heart to better expression. What’s even more helpful is when I personalize these verses and make them my own.  Continue reading “Write Through It”

Fountain Pen Day Celebration in the Philippines

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Fountain Pen Day is celebrated worldwide on November 7. So somebody in FPN-P, with the help of a few members who contributed their artwork put together a 3-day long celebration for fountain pen enthusiasts. Some members of our community will be exhibiting their work; calligraphy, pen and ink drawings, etc. alongside Urban Sketchers Philippines.

A pen meet is also scheduled on November 8 (Saturday). I’ll be attending that one, for sure. If you’re a fountain pen enthusiast or you love art, come and drop by the exhibit! If you’re curious about fountain pens and want to meet people who have the same interests, come and join us!

Fountain Pen Day shall be celebrated at SM Aura, in between Starbucks and Uniqlo, Ground Floor, Nov. 6 to 8, 2014, Thursday to Saturday.

Splurging a little on fountain pens…

This is a short and simple article I found on Wired about splurging a little on fountain pens –> When Buying Fountain Pens, Splurging (a little) Is Totally Worth It

My favorite paragraph (near the end) reads:

“Cynics will dismiss using a fountain pen these days as a needless hipsterism, a tacky bit of retro nostalgia that serves no real purpose. I disagree. A good fountain pen is a piece of precision engineering and design, and will serve you well for many years. Using a fountain pen is about making a deliberate choice to buy something that you can use repeatedly, rather than something you use once and loose. If you want to write casually, get a Bic disposable and throw it away when you’re done. But if you want to have something that looks cool and is a pleasure to use, get a fountain pen.”

I’m going to add that the writing experiences between using a ballpoint pen or gel pen and using a fountain pen are vastly different. Yes, fountain pens are (hands-down) a lot prettier than many ball points in the market, but writing with them is as different as eating fastfood and eating in a good restaurant. Sure, you feel full after a meal, but the culinary experience is vastly different.  Continue reading “Splurging a little on fountain pens…”

Rethinking Converters?

When I was starting out with this collection during the last week of May this year, my friend (who encouraged me to try it) tried to explain to me different ways of filling pens with inks. I was faced with options on getting pens with converter fillers, piston fillers, etc. Of course for practicality’s sake (as I wasn’t ready to spend money on a hobby), I picked a converter-filled pen and I couldn’t be happier with it.

Today I have pens that are piston-filling, lever-filling, aerometric, etcetera… I can say with certainty that my personal preference leans more towards converter-filled pens because it’s simply easier to maintain. If something goes wrong with it, chuck it out and replace it. Piston pens, for example, are a bit harder (and more expensive) to fix.

Of course it’s really a personal preference. For some people, replacing the sac or taking the pen apart to apply silicon grease to the piston, the general maintenance of fountain pens is part of the charm.

In any case, for those of you who are thinking about this issue, here’s something you can read that might help: “Let’s Reevaluate Converter-Filling Fountain Pens” by Edison Pen Co’s Brian Gray