Fountain pens are widely considered the ultimate in writing instruments, but as popular as they are, fountain pens just aren’t for everyone. [Read more…]
I might be in love.
It’s one of those long-distance things. We haven’t met yet, but we will. Ohhh, we will.
The object of my affection is a pen. A very special-looking pen called the “Fat Boy.”
The Fat Boy is a wide-bodied pen about four inches in length and almost three times the diameter of a standard ballpoint pen. It has rubber grips and comes in an assortment of materials – aluminum, steel, copper, brass – and in unique designs with names like the Comet, the Silencer and the Teslacoil. [Read more…]
I like looking at beautifully made fountain pens. I like handling them. And I love the idea of using fountain pens. But when it actually comes time to put ink on paper, I’ll take a good gel or rollerball pen every time. Heck, even a ballpoint, if it comes to that. [Read more…]
So, a while back, I wrote a post about the reasons I don’t use fountain pens.
As you might expect, I was roundly chastised for my blasphemy.
Dan at FPGeeks was gentle, while others were less so, including one blogger who somehow equated my choice to puritanism, and two gentlemen who agreed I was simply low-class.
Not much has changed since then.
Dan, I’ll give you your unicorns and bacon, but for me, using a fountain pen is still like standing in line at the DMV behind a fat, sweaty orc smelling of garlic and dead things while using a rotary phone to try to get a live person at tech support. And the DMV Muzak station only plays Miley Cyrus.
But wait…don’t start sharpening your stakes just yet. [Read more…]
If the mind is a well of creativity, the trick is figuring out how to tap it.
For some writers, like Scottish novelist Rosemary Gemmell, the solution is as simple as a pen.
It becomes the conduit between thought and reality. As the ink flows, so do the ideas, and characters and story begin to take shape.
Today, Rosemary takes a little time to share how pen-and-paper work for her. [Read more…]