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*Disclaimer: I am not a practitioner of Zen and/or Buddhism. I am using Zen in the common appropriation of the word as meaning calmness and ease of mind*
A few months ago when I began my adventures in letter writing and correspondence I found myself getting a little anxious as I approached my house each night in hopes that a letter, postcard or some other missive would be there awaiting me. I would try and anticipate the amount of time a letter would take to be received and a reply returned and I would stress or worry if the reply did not arrive within a day or two of my estimate. Upon receiving a letter I would rush through my evenings duties to sit down and reply, regardless of whether I felt inspired to do so or not. This I have discovered is not the way I want to enjoy personal correspondence.
I now enjoy a more relaxed, Zen-like pace of letting myself surrender to the ebb and flow of mail. I still enjoy receiving letters but I let be a surprise now and I have stop anticipating letters and just let them come to me and welcome them when they are there. I enjoy the moment of reading a message but I do not struggle to force a reply into the little time I may have or if I have nothing to write, I reply when I can and when I have something I would like to share. I find that this letting go of my expectations and embracing the moments has greatly increased my pleasure and quality of my letters.
Diamine Mediterranean Blue is another great colour brought to us by what is quickly becoming my favourite ink company. This blue has a definite lean towards turquoise which might be why I like it so much. Mediterranean Blue is not just a great colour, it is a great performing ink that is very well behaved. The only negative aspect of this ink is a slow dry time and no water resistance, neither of these are concerns for me but something users should be aware of if that is something they need.
When I first saw the Pilot Del Ful double knock pencil on JetPens.com I was intrigue. After a bit of confusion about the cost of shipping (I accidentally put Cambodia instead of Canada) I broke down and ordered one. The pencil took about 6 business days to arrive and from the moment I took it out of the packaging I knew this was going to be a fun little toy.
When the pencil tip is retracted the lead stays put then you click the button and now that the tip is out you give the pencil a little shake and a counter weight bounces and extracts the lead. The included lead was fine but nothing special but I didn’t buy it for the lead I bought it for the knock which is so fun. As I was using it my 8 year old son was mesmerized by it and even offered to sit down immediately and do his homework as long as I let him use it. He is now saving his pennies for one of his own.
If you are looking for a good mechanical pencil and also like a little novelty with your written instruments this is a great option.
Check out the Pen Addicts thoughts as well.
Nathan Tardiff has posted another video explaining the history and unique properties of Noodler’s Manjiro Nakahama Whaleman’s Sepia. This ink is has some very interesting properties and this video is well worth a look.
I am not sure if I would take full advantage of this ink but it is amazing that Nathan was able to create an ink like this.
Yesterday was the second meeting of the Ottawa Pen Posse (OPP). Roughly 6 Fountain Pen Network members gathered at Planet Coffee armed with pens, paper and ink to show off. I had a great time and got to chat passionately about ink without being looked at like I had a growth on my face. One member was kind enough to give me a Hero 266, which he billed as the world’s cheapest fountain pen, it is a nice pen and I am even happier with the sample of Heart of Darkness that he filled it with.
This meetup was a great way for us to try different pens and inks, share tips on purchasing and commiserate with fellow pen addicts. I cannot wait for the next meeting.