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