Day 315 of Project 365: Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.

I’m thankful that this is a shorter workweek. It has been a difficult one to be in public service. And then Leonard Cohen died. What a year 2016 has been, and it’s not even over.

I read Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” for the first time about twenty years ago and I re-read it every few years. It may seem like an odd choice for a “comfort read” considering how bleak the story is. But it’s got this quote, which I appreciated today.

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Writing from: my study in Portland, Oregon. Listening to: the kettle on the boil.

Day 309 of Project 365: Worse things happen at sea.

I was thumbing through this fun book my dad sent called “Let’s Bring Back: The Lost Language Edition” and found this phrase. It is meant to be soothing but it sounds pretty ominous too. (Bonus failed Uncial in the corner.)

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Writing from: my study in Portland, Oregon. Listening to: nothing in particular. Must be time for sleep.

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 170 of Project 365: A word.

“A word after a word after a word is power.” ― Margaret Atwood

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  • Ink: green from a sample vial I found with no label, oops
  • Pen: Conklin All-American (1.1mm italic)
  • Paper: Bloc Rhodia No. 16

Writing from: my study. Listening to: “Life Itself” by Glass Animals.

Day 104 of Project 365: Hang on tightly, let go lightly.

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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 LE (Medium)
  • Paper: Bloc Rhodia No. 16

Writing from: my makeshift study in the dining-room. Listening to: “Your Best American Girl” by Mitski.

Day 101 of Project 365: Trying to define yourself.

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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 Red M320 (Fine)
  • Paper: Bloc Rhodia No. 16

Writing from: my makeshift study in the dining-room. Listening to: Maxine, who has an appointment with the refrigerator doctor tomorrow. Her buzzing days are numbered!

Be soft.

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For more from Iain Thomas, see his blog: I Wrote This for You.

(Photo credit: Katie of Domestiphobia.)