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Day 252 of Project 365: Analog vs. digital.

I love my notebook, but on days like today I worry that my analog to-do list isn’t capable of handling everything I throw at it. Occasionally I flirt with a digital task manager … And then I think of all of the ink I’d be missing out on. Writing from: my study in Portland. Listening to: FunkyPlaid watching NFL.


Day 135 of Project 365: My shot.

This nasty little cold is all-consuming so all I’ve got today is doodling of a line from the musical “Hamilton” that I have been enamored with since last October. Inks: Noodler’s Apache Sunset & Diamine Ancient Copper Pens: Conklin All-American (1.1mm italic nib) & Esterbrook Dollar Pen (broad nib) Paper: Midori Traveler's Notebook Refill 013 (Lightweight Paper) Writing from: my study. Listening to: I bet you can guess.


Day 104 of Project 365: Hang on tightly, let go lightly.

We all have those days. You know the kind. The emotional hits start and they keep on coming. That’s when I turn to Jack’s mantra from “Croupier”, a favorite film of mine. And some pretty ink the color of well-loved blue jeans doesn’t hurt at all. Ink: Private Reserve Midnight Blues Pen: Pilot Vanishing Point LE (Medium) Paper: Bloc Rhodia No. 16 Writing from: my makeshift study in the dining-room.

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Day 101 of Project 365: Trying to define yourself.

We had a thought-provoking discussion with friends over dinner tonight. During a lull in the conversation, I glanced over at the server’s workstation and saw an Alan Watts quotation on it. It reminded me of my favorite Alan Watts quotation, so I decided to practice printing a bit. Ink: Noodler's Apache Sunset Pen: Pelikan Ruby Red M320 (Fine) Paper: Bloc Rhodia No. 16 Writing from: my makeshift study in the dining-room.

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Day 81 of Project 365: Two sunsets.

I adore Noodler’s Apache Sunset. Orange ink isn’t usually my thing but today’s Goulet Pens blog post inspired me to compare how the ink performs in two different pens. Because the Pilot VP medium nib doesn’t put as much ink on the page as the fine nib on the Pelikan M320 does, the shading is more subtle. I’m enjoying how deep the orange gets with the Pelikan, though. Plus the colors of the pen itself fit more with the “sunset” theme.

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Day 67 of Project 365: Noodler's Apache Sunset.

It was a long, dark time with only one bottle of ink, but I now have another one that brightens things up considerably: Noodler’s Apache Sunset. I’ve been interested in this ink for a while, and after seeing it perform in Brian Goulet’s review of his top seven shading inks I decided I’d shove myself out of my comfort zone enough to try an orange ink. Apache Sunset does not disappoint.

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Day 34 of Project 365: Emerald.

[caption id=“attachment_91976” align=“aligncenter” width=“687”]Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset[/caption] The day I feared has arrived: one of the three fountain pens I filled right before Day 20 ran out of ink. (This photo-a-day project is handy because now I know how much ink my Conklin All-American holds, in days, which is more useful to me than milliliters.) Luckily for me, I married a man who stashes ink in other countries.

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Day 27 of Project 365: January.

[caption id=“attachment_91940” align=“aligncenter” width=“687”]Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset[/caption] Today I missed a few opportunities for interesting photos: the view of Mount Tamalpais from my in-laws’ home, the all-but-deserted mall where FunkyPlaid and I got SIM cards for our phones, the tiny gopher nosing around the sunny back garden. And now I feel like I am coming down with a cold, so I thought it would be a perfect time to crack open the Rhodia No.

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Day 18 of Project 365: Trio.

One of the toughest parts of an international move is deciding what to store and what to keep handy. For the past few weeks I have been auditioning my pens for the coveted top-three spots and I think I have it narrowed down to the following (pictured from bottom to top): Namiki-Pilot Vanishing Point 2008 LE, medium nib Conklin All-American, 1.1mm italic nib Lamy 2000, Binderized XF nib But as soon as I decided on these three, I picked up my Cross Beverly, my Pilot Metropolitan, and my Esterbrook Dollar Pen.

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Waiting for perfection.

Life “If I waited for perfection, I’d never write a word.” –Margaret Atwood Often I want to say something important in the perfect way, so I keep putting it off until I figure out the perfect way. If the perfect way never occurs to me, I never say the important thing. The point is to say the thing because there will never be a perfect way. (Thanks, Ms. Atwood.) So here’s the thing: in January, we are leaving Scotland to move back to the States.

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I acknowledge that I live and work on stolen Cowlitz, Clackamas, Atfalati, and Kalapuya land.
I give respect and reverence to those who came before me.

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