Day 299 of Project 365: Tea without sugar.


I’ve introduced FunkyPlaid to “Detectorists” and I’m enjoying it even more the second time around.

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Writing from: my study in Portland, Oregon. Listening to: that great theme song again.

Day 252 of Project 365: Analog vs. digital.


I love my notebook, but on days like today I worry that my analog to-do list isn’t capable of handling everything I throw at it. Occasionally I flirt with a digital task manager …

And then I think of all of the ink I’d be missing out on.

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Writing from: my study in Portland. Listening to: FunkyPlaid watching NFL.

Day 245 of Project 365: Hand-lettering.


I managed a little hand-lettering practice before bed tonight. Cristina Vanko’s “Hand-Lettering for Everyone” is great stuff, especially for the typography basics.

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  • Ink: Diamine Ancient Copper
  • Pen: Conklin All-American (1.1mm italic nib)
  • Paper: Bloc Rhodia No. 16

Writing from: my study in Portland. Listening to: the freight trains.

Day 157 of Project 365: New old pens.


My mom brought me a couple of old fountain pens that she found in her rummage sale and antique shop adventures in Chicago. One is a white Sheaffer with a medium steel nib in great condition, and the other I am still trying to identify. If it weren’t so hot I would take the time to photograph it properly. Maybe tomorrow when this heat wave will supposedly break. 

I’m thrilled with the white Sheaffer, which only required a bit of cleaning to bring it to working condition. It has an unfussy nib that starts true every time, making it a daily carry that I can easily pass along to someone who expresses an interest in fountain pens. 

The other pen is prettier but needs work. I haven’t done more than minor adjustments on a nib before, or replaced an ink sac, and this requires both. But it seems like a fun challenge! 

Writing from: the game room. Listening to: my finger pads on the tablet screen. 

Day 135 of Project 365: My shot.


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This nasty little cold is all-consuming so all I’ve got today is doodling of a line from the musical “Hamilton” that I have been enamored with since last October.

  • Inks: Noodler’s Apache Sunset & Diamine Ancient Copper
  • Pens: Conklin All-American (1.1mm italic nib) & Esterbrook Dollar Pen (broad nib)
  • Paper: Midori Traveler’s Notebook Refill 013 (Lightweight Paper)

Writing from: my study. Listening to: I bet you can guess.