I'm embracing the season-appropriate inks today. J. Herbin's Stormy Grey -- their 1670 Anniversary Ink from 2014 -- is a lovely deep grey with gold flecks. Writing from: my study in Portland, Oregon. Listening to: the pilot episode of "iZombie".

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

We all have those days. You know the kind. The emotional hits start and they keep on coming.  That's when I turn to Jack's mantra from "Croupier", a favorite film of mine. And some pretty ink the color of well-loved blue jeans doesn't hurt at all. Ink: Private Reserve Midnight Blues Pen: Pilot Vanishing Point... Continue Reading →

We had a thought-provoking discussion with friends over dinner tonight. During a lull in the conversation, I glanced over at the server's workstation and saw an Alan Watts quotation on it. It reminded me of my favorite Alan Watts quotation, so I decided to practice printing a bit. Ink: Noodler's Apache Sunset Pen: Pelikan Ruby... Continue Reading →

I adore Noodler's Apache Sunset. Orange ink isn't usually my thing but today's Goulet Pens blog post inspired me to compare how the ink performs in two different pens. Because the Pilot VP medium nib doesn't put as much ink on the page as the fine nib on the Pelikan M320 does, the shading is more subtle. I'm... Continue Reading →

It was a long, dark time with only one bottle of ink, but I now have another one that brightens things up considerably: Noodler's Apache Sunset. I've been interested in this ink for a while, and after seeing it perform in Brian Goulet's review of his top seven shading inks I decided I'd shove myself out of my comfort... Continue Reading →

The day I feared has arrived: one of the three fountain pens I filled right before Day 20 ran out of ink. (This photo-a-day project is handy because now I know how much ink my Conklin All-American holds, in days, which is more useful to me than milliliters.) Luckily for me, I married a man... Continue Reading →

Today I missed a few opportunities for interesting photos: the view of Mount Tamalpais from my in-laws' home, the all-but-deserted mall where FunkyPlaid and I got SIM cards for our phones, the tiny gopher nosing around the sunny back garden. And now I feel like I am coming down with a cold, so I thought... Continue Reading →

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