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Old and New

Writing is both mask and unveiling. – E. B. White

What a beautiful, cloudy day. πŸ™‚ It didn’t rain in our area but the overcast skies made the day quite a pleasant break from the sweltering heat we’ve been enduring these past months. I’ve got so many reports to finish today, but it’s always great to find a bit of time to write.

My companions for today are my two Parker 75s (inked with Diamine Safari and Pilot Iroshizuku Yama Guri) and my Pilot Capless (inked with Sailor Jentle Miruai). All these pens are gifts from a dear friend. Two are from the 1960’s and one is a modern pen. I love all three not just for sentimental reasons, but because all are spectacularΒ writers. πŸ™‚

Break time is over! Back to work I go. πŸ™‚

Reds in Rotation! And a few other things…

I’ve given up on carrying just 6 pens. I figured if I really wanted to just carry six pens, I should be able to do it haha. The thing is I have a lot of new green inks, and I MUST TRY ALL OF THEM AT ONCE! I know, I know, I have a problem. Sigh.

Anyway, back in rotation this week are two great writers. A marbled red Waterman Hemisphere and a Pilot 78G, both with medium nibs but both write very differently. I have gone without red inks for a few weeks so I guess it’s time to put away the pink and get back to my favorite shades of very dark red.

These past few weeks have been a bit overwhelming because I have new things to do at work, new reports to do, etcetera etcetera. My stress level is climbing and I realized that all the constant buzzing of social media isn’t helping me at all. So I decided to unplug unless I’m working. I forced myself to seek out the peace and quiet–extend my daily devotions, find time to write again, and read a few chapters whenever I can. It’s worked, so far. I stayed home as much as I can, I went out to celebrate my husband’s birthday month with him…but mostly, I just wanted to stay home, reflect and enjoy the quiet moments.

Monday na uli. πŸ™‚

In this photo:
Waterman Hemisphere (Marbled Red, inked with Diamine Oxblood)
Pilot 78G, red (Inked with Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo)
Large dot grid journal by Elias Notebook
Maroon Single pen slip by Elias Notebook

All-Time Favorites

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I’ve decided to once again try to whittle down my daily carry to two. That is gonna be a very difficult thing to do since I like to carry at least nine pens every day. I just think that narrowing down my daily carry to two pens with complimenting inks would be a great way to have a lot of quality time with all of my pens. It would also be easier to lug around. πŸ™‚ Right now I’m down to seven pens from last week’s nine. Easy does it.

#FPOTD:
Parker 51, medium – Burma Road Brown (vintage pen, vintage-looking ink)
TWSBI Micarta, medium – Diamine Terracotta, my favorite brown ink.

Fun, Fun Week!

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I always say that the amount of clutter I have on my desk is directly proportional to the amount of fun I’m having at any given week. These past couple of weeks have been super fun for me because I’ve had a lot of time to write. I even joined InCoWriMo (International Correspondence Writing Month) and it looks like I’ll be able to participate fully…yes, all 28 days of the month.

Writing has always been greatly comforting for me, but letter-writing is more satisfying on a personal level. I will be the first person to admit that I communicate better in writing than I do speaking. So yes, InCoWriMo is a lot of fun for me. πŸ™‚

I’ve narrowed down my pens for the rest of this month to nine, and one ballpoint pen. It’s always good to have one handy, you can’t use fountain pens on all kinds of paper. πŸ™‚

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#FPOTD: Bexleys and Sheeny, Shady Ink

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My pens for the day are two Bexleys (Corona and BX802), both with 1.1mm nibs from Goulet and inked with two of the most fun inks I have in my collection; Bilberry and Apache Sunset. If you use a pen with just the right amount of wetness and broadness, on paper like Elias journal which is just the right amount of smoothness and absorbency, the result can be magical. It’s one of the reasons I try out many different paper with my fountain pen. Not all kinds of paper can show off the properties of ink, like shading or sheen. This combination hits the spot perfectly. πŸ™‚

#FPOTD: Pilot Vanishing Point and Parker 88

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The weather was beautiful this afternoon! I decided that instead of working cooped up in the library, I’d take it outside and enjoy the cool breeze. We live in a quiet area, and early mornings and late afternoons are always very peaceful. I worked on some reports and wrote a bit in my journal. Happiness.

I missed regularly writing in my journal. πŸ™‚ I slowed down back in 2009 because I started working from home and I was always on the computer. Writing with a ballpoint pen added so much strain on my hand and wrist that I had to stop for long periods of time, and it was hard to get the momentum back. So I typed more than I wrote. Just being able to write again for long periods of time without straining my hand, that’s pretty awesome.

FPOTD:
Pilot Vanishing Point – Sailor Miruai
Parker 88 Laque Ivory – Diamine Ancient Copper

A very Christmas-y combination indeed. πŸ™‚