Saturday, May 25, 2013

Handwritten Post: The Story of My Pen and Paper Addiction

I didn't have a post planned for today, so I thought I would do something a little bit different, inspired partly by Kayte's story, and partly by the handwritten posts that I see from time to time around the web.  I tried to write more neatly than I usually do, so I hope you can read my writing.  You can find relevant links in the notes at the end.  Enjoy!



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21 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your story. I have always had a love of pens and paper, too, ever sine I can remember. In high school I discovered Shaeffer fountain pens, and their colorful cartridges. A good day is going to Office Max, Office Depot and Staples, even if I don't buy anything (like that ever happens!). I like to wander among the books and journals at Barnes & Noble, too, and I have more journals that I will probably ever use. Some too pretty to write in - at least, so far.

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    1. I can never resist a trip to the pen aisle of any store I happen to be in, always hoping that maybe I'll find some new and interesting item that I haven't tried before. I'm currently trying to use up some of the pens and notebooks that I have hoarded before I buy many more - but I don't know if I'll be successful in this plan!

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  2. Ah, I love this kind of posts! I didn't remember how exactly did end up in Penaddict (by the time I have already discovered the marvel of Michael's and have hauled quite a few art pens) but it sure was the downhill (for my wallet) since then. The funny thing was that I was first fascinated by the colorful inks he reviewed (it was J Herbin vert pre) and it was like *I need fountain pens to use it* kind of light-bulb-lit moment.

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    1. Thanks, Citrine! Fountain pen inks are something that I want to get into soon as well. I started out mainly with gel pens, but lately I've been becoming more interested in fountain pens. A few years from now, maybe it will be something else!

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  3. What a great post, and it's nice to know that my daughter and I are not the only stationery junkies.

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    1. Thanks, Veronica, and, no, you are definitely not alone!

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  4. Nice post, Heather, and there's nothing at all wrong with honest enthusiasm. You want to explore the tools of your trade or avocation, such as writing or sketching, that's for sure. Jack/Ohio

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    1. I've always done a lot of writing, and that's probably at least part of the reason for my love of pens and paper. Writing led me to writing tools, and those in turn led me to other activities that I can do with the same tools, such as sketching and art journaling.

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    2. Y'know, Heather, I've heard of marriages breaking up because one or the other of a couple purportedly spent too much time on a hobby. I just don't buy that. I've made the mistake of entering into relationships with women who have no clue why I enjoy the pleasures of the study. Frankly, at my age (late 50s), and in retrospect, I'd have been better off without the bitterness and mistrust afterwards.

      You keep at it, Heather, and don't worry about consequences. A passion for writing and sketching gear is pretty harmless in its own right, and may lead to better things. Jack/Ohio

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  5. Wonderful post! And your handwriting is very readable. My story is similar to yours, and like you, I always like to keep up with my pens and pencils and other writing instruments -- I hate to lose one, mainly because I live for that special moment when I use up a pen's ink or write a pencil down to a nub. Alas, that moment comes rarely these days. (I think I have too many pens and pencils --- ha!!)

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    1. Thanks, Randall! You should see my writing when it's messy, though - sometimes even I can hardly read it :) I also don't use up my pens or pencils very often anymore, but as for having too many pens and pencils - is that even possible?

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  6. From a person like me, who are still struggling to use his pens at least once a day, your blog was so inspiring. Thanks Heather!

    p.s. Before I typed this message, it was originally handwritten with a Preppy fountain pen :-)

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    1. Armando, I think you may have given me an idea for a future blog post - a post on ways for people to use their pens more often! Thanks for that, and thanks for your lovely comment as well :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Kayte! And thanks as well for your original inspiring post!

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  8. Great post! My start with all things that write is a similar story. Though not as creative as yours with the handwritten post I did commit it to blog over at ABOUT ME on mypenneedsink.com if you're ever bored

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    1. Thanks for that link, Bob! Most people's stories tend to start in childhood, I think. I also had specific pens for different purposes (some only for school, some just for home, etc.) when I was young.

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  9. OMG, I used to have a Staedtler Silver Ball pen in purple, and I thought it was the prettiest shade of purple I'd ever used. Do they still make them? When mine ran out, I couldn't find another one anywhere...

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    1. I don't know if they're still being made, but they do seem to be rather hard to find now, which is a shame, because they were a great set of pens! A quick online search turned up a few places that had them for sale, but many of the sites were out of stock.

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  10. You have the most unique handwriting I've ever seen, sort of simultaneously slanting left and right! Loved the post.

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    1. Susanna, I would never have thought of my handwriting that way, but now I see what you would mean! Kind of funny... I have no idea why it looks that way :)

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