A Narwhal Origional in Hippocampus Purple

No, I didn't forget how to spell original, the Origional is what Narwhal calls their pen. I know, because it was on the box so kindly sent to me by Goldspot Pens. Up until now, I have to admit that Narwhal had always meant Monodon monoceros to me. That is, a small to medium-sized arctic whale, …

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Calling Yourself from Across the Atlantic

This is an odd post, but I do eventually end up reviewing a pen and some ink, honest, you'll just have to trust me and we'll get their together. Regular readers will know that a few years ago I traveled back to England from Canada, to attend my mother's funeral. Prior to that, apart from …

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A Bit of Friendly Feedback

Anybody who knows me, knows that I am a pretty lousy correspondent. I'm lousy at returning personal e-mails, lousy at returning actual, real, paper mail. I don't send Christmas cards and rarely remember my own birthday, let alone anyone else's. And a couple of years ago I killed my Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and almost …

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Have an Amazing Flag Day!

In the United States, June 14—or Flag Day—commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Well, I'm not in the US, but I am very proud to hold my own Virtual Flag Day... If you have ever waved one of these, Take …

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It’s Not About Politics, And Yet It Is, And Must Be.

Over the last week or so, I have read a number of fountain pen blog entries which begin with something akin to, "I usually try and stay in my lane..." or "I try to stay apolitical...". Well, here at Writing for Pain and Pleasure, I've never really had a lane as such, and I've never …

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On The Murder of George Floyd

I must preface this by stating that everything I write here is purely my own opinion and personal feelings about this topic. I am a guest writer on this blog, and my opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions or feelings of anyone else. The murder of George Floyd has seared my soul. I will …

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Wonder Pens Blotting Paper

A great little product from the Wonder People over at Wonder Pens... If you're anything like me, I like to carry a sheet of blotting paper with me whenever and wherever I'm using one of my fountain pens. Which, in practice, means it's a constant carry. And a few months ago, Jon and Liz at …

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