Pen of the Day and a Decidedly Retro Camera


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My pen of the day is something I recently bought from Everything Calligraphy. I used  to have three Lamy pens–a Lamy Umbra (Safari in charcoal black), Vista, and Studio. I gave the Vista to somebody who wanted to try out fountain pens, but I’ve been missing it since. I’m not really a fan of Lamy Safari, but I want the Vista as a partner to my Umbra to round off my Safari collection (until they come out with a nice-looking brown and green).

Oh, in the background of the photo above is a gift my husband gave me yesterday. I often include photos in my journal entries–I print them out on photo paper or I (less frequently) have them printed out at digital photo printing services. My husband thought it would be fun to give me something that would let me print photos instantly. This was actually on my Christmas wishlist, so I’m crossing it out early. He’s such a sweetheart.

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It’s surprising that Instax cameras have developed a cult following in Asia. I’ve wanted one for a while now, but I never seem to get around buying myself one of these. Maybe because the designs were a little too colorful for me? This one’s the Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic, and speaks of the distinctive, two-tone retro camera design. I really love the way that it looks. It’s also light, and has a lot of options that give you a lot of control over the photos you shoot. The lens collapses when you turn the camera off, so it’s not as bulky as other Instax cameras.

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I think that one of the reasons why Instax camera appealed to me (aside from that magical feel of getting your photo printed out instantly), is that I like how the photos you take with it are unique and cannot be reproduced. You can scan it and print it again, but it won’t be quite like the original print. It’s as unique as the moment it captures. 🙂

I already started to include some photos in my journal entries last night (yes, they’re photos of my cat). It’s good that Instax film isn’t very bulky. The paper of my journal holds it up pretty well and it doesn’t really bulk up the pages too much. 🙂

Happy International Doughnut Day, Pen Friends!


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After a long week, Saturdays are always like the proverbial light at the end of a tunnel. I usually sleep in, wake up late, read a lot, write a lot, and I don’t usually bother with cooking. Saturdays are awesome! It’s even more awesome today because it’s International Doughnut Day! Haha. My husband woke me up from my afternoon nap with a box of my favorite doughnuts. 🙂 Hope your weekend is shaping up to be a blast!

My pens for this weekend…cedar blue Parker 51 and Waterman Expert II.

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Writing is both mask and unveiling. – E. B. White

What a beautiful, cloudy day. 🙂 It didn’t rain in our area but the overcast skies made the day quite a pleasant break from the sweltering heat we’ve been enduring these past months. I’ve got so many reports to finish today, but it’s always great to find a bit of time to write.

My companions for today are my two Parker 75s (inked with Diamine Safari and Pilot Iroshizuku Yama Guri) and my Pilot Capless (inked with Sailor Jentle Miruai). All these pens are gifts from a dear friend. Two are from the 1960’s and one is a modern pen. I love all three not just for sentimental reasons, but because all are spectacular writers. 🙂

Break time is over! Back to work I go. 🙂

Reds in Rotation! And a few other things…


I’ve given up on carrying just 6 pens. I figured if I really wanted to just carry six pens, I should be able to do it haha. The thing is I have a lot of new green inks, and I MUST TRY ALL OF THEM AT ONCE! I know, I know, I have a problem. Sigh.

Anyway, back in rotation this week are two great writers. A marbled red Waterman Hemisphere and a Pilot 78G, both with medium nibs but both write very differently. I have gone without red inks for a few weeks so I guess it’s time to put away the pink and get back to my favorite shades of very dark red.

These past few weeks have been a bit overwhelming because I have new things to do at work, new reports to do, etcetera etcetera. My stress level is climbing and I realized that all the constant buzzing of social media isn’t helping me at all. So I decided to unplug unless I’m working. I forced myself to seek out the peace and quiet–extend my daily devotions, find time to write again, and read a few chapters whenever I can. It’s worked, so far. I stayed home as much as I can, I went out to celebrate my husband’s birthday month with him…but mostly, I just wanted to stay home, reflect and enjoy the quiet moments.

Monday na uli. 🙂

In this photo:
Waterman Hemisphere (Marbled Red, inked with Diamine Oxblood)
Pilot 78G, red (Inked with Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo)
Large dot grid journal by Elias Notebook
Maroon Single pen slip by Elias Notebook

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I’ve decided to once again try to whittle down my daily carry to two. That is gonna be a very difficult thing to do since I like to carry at least nine pens every day. I just think that narrowing down my daily carry to two pens with complimenting inks would be a great way to have a lot of quality time with all of my pens. It would also be easier to lug around. 🙂 Right now I’m down to seven pens from last week’s nine. Easy does it.

#FPOTD:
Parker 51, medium – Burma Road Brown (vintage pen, vintage-looking ink)
TWSBI Micarta, medium – Diamine Terracotta, my favorite brown ink.

Fun, Fun Week!


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I always say that the amount of clutter I have on my desk is directly proportional to the amount of fun I’m having at any given week. These past couple of weeks have been super fun for me because I’ve had a lot of time to write. I even joined InCoWriMo (International Correspondence Writing Month) and it looks like I’ll be able to participate fully…yes, all 28 days of the month.

Writing has always been greatly comforting for me, but letter-writing is more satisfying on a personal level. I will be the first person to admit that I communicate better in writing than I do speaking. So yes, InCoWriMo is a lot of fun for me. 🙂

I’ve narrowed down my pens for the rest of this month to nine, and one ballpoint pen. It’s always good to have one handy, you can’t use fountain pens on all kinds of paper. 🙂

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#FPOTD: Parker 51 and Edison Pearlette


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I’m enjoying my pens for today so thoroughly. Both are great writers and both are beautiful in very different ways. The ink pairing of earth colors is absolutely gorgeous too. I love it a lot.

Parker 51 – Burma Road Brown
Edison Pearlette – Diamine Sepia

#FPOTD: Bexleys and Sheeny, Shady Ink


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My pens for the day are two Bexleys (Corona and BX802), both with 1.1mm nibs from Goulet and inked with two of the most fun inks I have in my collection; Bilberry and Apache Sunset. If you use a pen with just the right amount of wetness and broadness, on paper like Elias journal which is just the right amount of smoothness and absorbency, the result can be magical. It’s one of the reasons I try out many different paper with my fountain pen. Not all kinds of paper can show off the properties of ink, like shading or sheen. This combination hits the spot perfectly. 🙂

FPOTD: Waterman Expert II and Hemisphere


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I’m really happy to have these pens back together again, and I’m happy with how Pentangeli fixed both of them. These are my pens for the day. 🙂

Waterman Expert II (Left Oblique CI)- Private Reserve DC Supershow Blue
Waterman Hemisphere (Medium) – Diamine Oxblood

#FPOTD: Pilot Vanishing Point and Parker 88


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The weather was beautiful this afternoon! I decided that instead of working cooped up in the library, I’d take it outside and enjoy the cool breeze. We live in a quiet area, and early mornings and late afternoons are always very peaceful. I worked on some reports and wrote a bit in my journal. Happiness.

I missed regularly writing in my journal. 🙂 I slowed down back in 2009 because I started working from home and I was always on the computer. Writing with a ballpoint pen added so much strain on my hand and wrist that I had to stop for long periods of time, and it was hard to get the momentum back. So I typed more than I wrote. Just being able to write again for long periods of time without straining my hand, that’s pretty awesome.

FPOTD:
Pilot Vanishing Point – Sailor Miruai
Parker 88 Laque Ivory – Diamine Ancient Copper

A very Christmas-y combination indeed. 🙂

It’s An Awesome Week


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I scheduled four long days of “me time” this week. This usually means immersing myself in studying the Word and in prayer, and also squeezing in some time to write in my journal. It’s always fun to do this. I rarely get to schedule long blocks of time to do something like this.

Today I tried to get some journal writing done. There have been a lot of fun things that happened this month and unfortunately I just didn’t have the time to write it down. I appreciate these quiet moments when I can do this because it’s like recalling the details of those events and committing them to memory. I can take a moment to ponder these things, form my thoughts about them and describe how much happiness it brought…brings to me. It helps me be more attentive to these moments and also more thankful about them.

FPOTD:
Bexley BX802 – Sailor Miruai
Pelikan M200 – Diamine POGI
Journal – Elias Notebook

#FPOTD: TWSBI Micarta. Again.


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I’ve been limiting myself to only two pens every two days so that my journal doesn’t look so…psychedelic with the wide variety of inks I’ve been using. Today I’m using my TWSBI Micarta with the medium cursive italic nib custom-ground by Pentangeli. I’ve been rotating this pen with other pens this past few weeks because I just cannot be without it yet. So this coming couple of days, it’ll be TWSBI Micarta and Pelikan M200, although I’ve yet to use my Pelikan.

I inked this pen with Sailor Blue Black, and almost had a cow when I saw that the darned ink stained my pen’s section. I’ve used several inks on this pen but it’s never stained before. This one was particularly stubborn. I got a wet tissue and vigorously rubbed it for a few minutes before the stain finally came off. Ugh. I like the blue color, though.

FPOTD: TWSBI Micarta with Medium Cursive Italic


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I wrote about the TWSBI Micarta being my first pen that I sent in to a local nibmeister (Pentangeli) for a custom grind. I’m really happy with it and after inking it with a very bright Apache Sunset, I decided to try it with Edelstein Amber, which has always been quite a dry ink for me. The result is a very pleasant combination. The ink looks almost like caramel on paper. 🙂

Pentastic!


I had dinner with a few friends today and one of them had his camera with him, so I thought I’d shoot a few test photos of my pens. I hope he’ll remember to bring his macro lens this Sunday so I can take closer photos. ^_^

A Closer Look at My Full-Sized Parker 51 Aerometric


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I wrote yesterday that I traded one of my demi-sized Parker 51’s for this full-sized 51. It’s basically the same as my demi, except it’s bigger and the aerometric converter holds more ink and is encased in a steel shell instead of just a clamp.

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The date code on it shows that it’s from 1959, I think my demi is a bit older.The cap is also lustraloy, and the arrow clip is virtually the same, just bigger.  Continue reading