I’m currently a grad’ student at a busy university in Ontario, Canada, and I write a lot. I write for pleasure, and for work… and sometimes that can be painful. Only somebody who has sat for hours, staring at a blank sheet of paper, or a screen, with maybe only a heading to show they have been there, will know that pain.

Of course, like most of us, pretty much everything I write has to end up on a digital medium of some sort; but a lot of stuff… research diaries, reflexive journals, lecture notes, feedback for students, is easier the old-fashioned way; and a lot more fun. Using a variety of fountain pens, inks, and journals has rekindled my love for writing, and I’m positive it’s helped me through to the final stages of my doctorate.

So for anybody in a similar position, who shares my fascination for the beauty of precision-engineered, and expertly crafted writing equipment; and who recognizes the intrinsically personal value of handwritten text in our increasingly digital world, this blog is for us. I hope you find it useful… but most of all, I hope you enjoy reading it, as much as I take pleasure in putting it together.

And if you have anything to say, about anything you think I’ve got right or wrong, please comment. There’s nothing worse than a dialogue in mono.

One last thing, throughout this site, I will wholeheartedly endorse products, web sites, and even shops or people, for the quality of their product, service, knowledge or skills. I receive no payment from these individuals or companies (although, if you’re reading this, please don’t let that stop you from offering). And even if I did gain something beyond enjoyment from putting all this together, that wouldn’t stop me from giving my honest opinion… sometimes, life would be considerably easier if it would.






Oh yeah, there are more pictures on Flickr, including more cats.






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