sign of life

Many times I've been wanting to write something, but just couldn't come up with anything. How things change! I, who used to write every day for quite some time last year. I seem to have lost my knack for writing just about anything. In any event, the blog is alive and will stay that way …

Day One

When I got my first iPhone, back in 2012 ... one of the first things I did was to download the app DayOne. I've mentioned it many times before here in the blog. Then I wrote in it every day, faithfully. Sometimes long entries, full of thoughts and reflections, more often quick notes about trivial …

impulse purchase

On Boxing Day [the day after Christmas], I was aimlessly browsing Amazon when this fountain pen appeared before me. It wasn't on my radar -- I'm not even sure it's a pen I would have been interested in normally. However, the picture and the price appealed to me, and I thought “What the heck?! I'll …

purple

Can't say I've had much luck with purple inks. Tried J. Herbin's Violette Pensée ... it just never dried, and I'm left handed. It looked stunningly beautiful while wet! When it eventually dried, some 30 minutes later, on Tomoé River paper, it turned more blue-ish. The example above is Diamine's Amazing Amethyst. I like the …

Visconti

I don't have a Visconti pen ... it's not a brand I feel myself drawn to. In fact, it's quite amazing how I, in only a few months, have already found my preferences when it comes to all this stuff in the fountain pen world ... brand of pens, paper, inks and so on. Now, …

dotted paper

Got a notebook from Goulet with dotted Tomoé River paper. I've never used that before. Thought perhaps it would be good for practicing/improving my handwriting. After all ... that was one of the basic ideas I had when all this fountain pen stuff started. I just wanted to get a decent handwriting for 'daily use' …