On the Individuality of Handwriting


Here’s a very nice article about how handwriting is an expression of one’s individual personality and history –> Dancing With Words.

It was mostly my mom who taught me how to write, and she made practice sheets for me to learn how to write in cursive at an early age. However, as soon as I’m not required to write in cursive anymore, I adapted a kind of handwriting that I imitated from my father. Bold, squarish letters that stand right up, like the copperplate font. As I grew older, my handwriting became a combination of my dad’s and mom’s. Slanted and curving bold letters.

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Handwriting also shows our emotions. When I’m excited, the peaks in my writing become more pointed as I write faster. When I’m angry, the letters are wider and the corners are sharper. It’s a good observation. The article is a nice read.

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My First Eyedropper


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Thanks to this video from Ink Nouveau, I found out that I can convert my Edison Pearlette to an eyedropper. I had a bit of silicone grease lying around so I thought I’d give it a try. Works great! I’m not sure if it’s really supposed to improve inkflow, but my pen’s writing wetter more consistently after the conversion. I loaded it with a lot of Diamine Sepia, which I decided was the perfect color of ink for the pen. 🙂 Awesome.

Eyes on Me


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I was trying out a few new prime lenses which I got as gifts from a friend who shares my interest in photography. This photo was taken in low light, inside my office. Aperture wide open. 🙂 Last time I went on a photowalk was back in 2009 or 2010, I can’t remember. I’m a little rusty, but It’s alright. There’s always time to learn. 🙂

Write Through It


I came across an article through one of the pen people at FPN-P’s Facebook group. I found it quite interesting, although most of us in the FP collecting community already know this to be true. The article: How to Deal with Anxiety, Tragedy or Heartache.

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Writing has always been very therapeutic for me, and this article gives some insight on why it could be effective for many people.

A lot of people who are going through some stressful and emotionally difficult situations may find comfort in expressing their thoughts to people who are “good listeners”, like sympathetic family, friends or practitioners like therapists and counselors. However, there are people who find talking with other people a bit difficult. People can judge you, treat you differently when they hear about your struggles. You can’t predict how they will react, and what they will say. I’m not saying that talking to people isn’t important, I believe that it is. I just think that there are times when you also need to confront your emotions by yourself, and expressive writing can help you with that.

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Expressive writing can help you slow down, untangle your convoluted thoughts and emotions, and examine them closely. It can help unburden your mind and as you exert more effort in putting your thoughts into words, your emotions become less abstract and more tangible.

When my mother died, I avoided writing. I have always kept a journal since I was a little girl, and so not being able to write is something new to me. I could not confront my emotions about my mother’s death, and I had so much difficulty talking about it with people in exactly the way I need to talk about it. I could not verbalize my anger and my grief. When I finally picked up my pen and started writing, I calmed down, I was able to process my grief, I adjusted better.

I took expressive writing to a deeper level and started writing my thoughts about my daily devotions. Not just note-taking (though I did that too), but journal entries that expounded on what I learned and how I felt about what I read. Soon I was publishing some of those thoughts on my blog when I had the time.

Writing has been so comforting for me. Sometimes, when it’s turning into one of those days and one of those days is turning into one of those weeks, I just write. Even without any idea on why I’m feeling so withdrawn and sad, writing comforts me. Often I would come to an understanding of my sadness, and I would always feel a lot lighter. A lot less burdened. Even just writing my favorite Psalms can open up my mind and my heart to better expression. What’s even more helpful is when I personalize these verses and make them my own.  Continue reading

Fountain Pen Day Celebration in the Philippines


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Fountain Pen Day is celebrated worldwide on November 7. So somebody in FPN-P, with the help of a few members who contributed their artwork put together a 3-day long celebration for fountain pen enthusiasts. Some members of our community will be exhibiting their work; calligraphy, pen and ink drawings, etc. alongside Urban Sketchers Philippines.

A pen meet is also scheduled on November 8 (Saturday). I’ll be attending that one, for sure. If you’re a fountain pen enthusiast or you love art, come and drop by the exhibit! If you’re curious about fountain pens and want to meet people who have the same interests, come and join us!

Fountain Pen Day shall be celebrated at SM Aura, in between Starbucks and Uniqlo, Ground Floor, Nov. 6 to 8, 2014, Thursday to Saturday.