Day 252 of Project 365: Analog vs. digital.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Day 134 of Project 365: Four-list method. 

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Time to refocus on my health, now that the parental visit is over and I managed to catch a cold.

I don’t do diets. Not being able to eat gluten is enough of a restriction for me, and I think that non-medically-mandated diets can encourage problematic relationships with food. I do, however, fully support reasonable guidelines for healthy eating. I first discovered Alton Brown’s four-list method about a year ago, and since then I have used Evernote to track my own progress with it. Today I decided to switch to a page in my Bullet Journal. I’m still fiddling with the layout but nothing beats pretty ink on nice paper.

Maybe the orange ink will encourage me to eat more carrots. I can’t believe I haven’t eaten a single carrot all week!

  • Ink: Noodler’s Apache Sunset
  • Pen: Conklin All-American, tortoiseshell, 1.1mm italic nib
  • Paper: Midori Traveler’s Notebook, regular size, with Tomoe River Paper Booklet (Taroko Design) from Red Pen Travelers

Writing from: my study. Listening to: snippets of recorded voices in FunkyPlaid’s study. I heard the word “libraries” …