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!

Day 34 of Project 365: Emerald.

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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 who stashes ink in other countries.

Kind friends gave us a bottle of J. Herbin’s Emerald of Chivor, one of their 1670 Anniversary inks renowned for its crazy sheen. I did my best with a Rhodia No. 16 6 x 8 1⁄4″ Spiral Dot Grid notepad, some amateurish calligraphy, and the camera on my phone, but you should see a master in action.

Not much cheers me up faster than writing with a nice pen filled with beautiful ink.

Writing from: a quiet home in Marin. Listening to: Zen “zip-lining” (what we call her tiny squeezebox snores).

Day 27 of Project 365: January.

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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 it would be a perfect time to crack open the Rhodia No. 16 6 x 8 1⁄4″ Spiral Dot Grid notepad that I won in a Rhodia Drive giveaway sometime last year. I’m using it to practice some lettering with my Conklin All-American. Rhodia paper loves fountain pen ink, and this snippet really shows off some of the remarkable shading of Diamine Ancient Copper.

Yep, that’s about all I have the energy for tonight. Now to sleep this proto-cold off …

Writing from: a quiet home in Marin. Listening to: vague sounds from a television somewhere else in the house.