Do lightweight, motivational messages, on internet memes irritate you? Just a bit? They kind of do that to me. A few months ago I could have used a motivational message or two, and frankly, was about ready to give up on a lot of things... PhD., research, writing, you name it; anything but family. I … Continue reading You’re Never Too Old To Listen To Your Mother
On the night of the 21st June this year, running into the early hours of the 22nd, while I was in Canada, so many miles away, and so preoccupied with PhD work, posts about my latest fountain pen, and deep discussions with friends, my mum passed away, very peacefully, whilst sleeping on her couch back … Continue reading Taking a Break
In one of my previous posts, I said that I wasn't going to get into any kind of debate... "regarding the price of some supposedly prestigious, brand-name inks. I actually think that semi-luxury products such as these are simply worth the price that the market will bear. If buyers are willing to pay $30.00 or … Continue reading Premium Ink Prices: A Penny for Your Thoughts
I like to write out of doors. Sometimes I write when I'm sitting down by the lake, sometimes just out on the deck. I occasionally address correspondence to friends and family in fountain pen ink, and strangely, the weather is not always on my side with some of these endeavors. Children—and some of you without … Continue reading Ink: Water-Resistant ain’t Waterproof
If you're anything like me,you're probably subscribed to multiple blogs and other news sources. Until recently, I just kept sites as a list of favorites, or bookmarks, depending on the browser I'm using at the time. And I probably don't need to tell anybody what a black hole of your time this can be. And … Continue reading Nibbler Takes a Byte or Two Out of Your Feeds
So, let's pretend that I'm in the market for a nice, new fountain pen. It's a stretch of the imagination I know, but stay with me. I am going to imagine that I have done a little homework, read a few reviews, and fixed a budget of somewhere around the $220–$240 CAD price-point. So it's not … Continue reading Buying a New Pen: Some Decision-Making Tools
I was asked recently, why, as I am a complete atheist, do I see any value in Christmas, and celebrate the season regardless? Well, why should I, even though I accept the probability that there are no gods, and likely no Jesus Christ either, want to celebrate a period where so many people want to … Continue reading Happy Christmas, and a Brilliant New Year to Everyone!
I don't really do ink reviews, I'm not equipped to do a particularly good job—my scanner, and camera lighting, don't reflect what is actually seen on the page as accurately as I would like. And I don't have a very extensive ink collection to review (but I'm getting there). What inks I have, I rely on … Continue reading Good News, Bad News: Sailor Irori and J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Rouge Hematite Red Inks
Who am I to offer an opinion? The fool that started with an over-priced, gold-plated nail... ah, but if I hadn't started with something I enjoyed, then I would never have carried on. And besides, it's my blog, I can write what I like. Every blog out there that includes fountain pens has a best pen for … Continue reading You Shouldn’t Start with a Starter Pen
First, let me tell you what this isn't; it isn't a deeply technical review of the pros and cons of various nibs, tipping materials, gold vs. steel (OK, it is a bit about that), and so on. It's about just getting a nib size right for you. What the sizes mean for the word on … Continue reading Which Nib is for Me?