New Year – Stealth Mode

Monteverde Invincia Color Fusion Stealth – Goulet Pen Company

It’s a new year and along with that has come the desire for a new pen. I’ve taken to using my fountain pens, three of them, as much as possible when I write. I try to rotate during the week, so that each day has a new color ink and I can keep track of what I have written. I tend to stick with black and burgundy inks for major writing, and edit with green. It’s just my thing.

And I’m forever oohing and ahhing over new fountain pens. I can see why people that love them, have several. Clearly I’m not satisfied with my three.

Well, my newish desire is the Monteverde Invincia Color Fusion Stealth, or just plain Stealth. I haven’t quite figured out the correct title. Either way, Stealth is well, sexy cool. I love what one of the reviewers at The Goulet Pen Company said about the pen.

“The Stealth is solid and subtle. Although, a black nib laying down a deep red line does make a clear statement.”

Stub nib for Monteverde pens

Ooh. Yeah.

I think that just sounds like what I would like to do when I pen letters to someone I know.  Writing sexy letters to sexy men with a sexy pen is, well, sexy.  I think I’ve just used that word three times too many. I’m digressing.

So, that is my pen of choice, with a stub nib, which you see right here —–>

The stub nib affords a more calligraphy style of writing. Slanted and just a bit more depth to one’s own style of writing. I would love to have this pen.  Or its sister pen which is also a Monteverde. The Monteverde Invincia Deluxe – Nighthawk.  Basically the Nighthawk is an even sexier pen, designed exclusively for The Goulet Pen Company.  I want this pen as well. It is ooh la la sexy.

The Monteverde Invincia Deluxe Nighthawk via The Pen Cup

 

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Don’t tell me you won’t ooh with that pen.  Just check it out. I promise you will drool over it as well. (the image was graciously allowed by The Pen Cup for me to post. Check out her blog by clicking the link.)

Downside to both of these pens, especially the Nighthawk, is price.  They are out of my price range as of the moment. So all I can do is drool. If some sexy man….. wanted to get me one….. I don’t even know if he is reading this…… One can HOPE he is…….but since he is a busy man…….I’m wishful thinking here…….

And along with pens comes ink. One must have ink for the pens to, well, uh, work.  I have my stash of Private Reserve inks. Burgundy Mist, Sherwood Green, Sepia, Velvet Black, and a bottle of Pelikan Red.  They are all lovely colors, though I am seriously annoyed that Sherwood Green and Velvet Black smear horribly. They are NOT color fast, especially if water is dripped on them.  I’m digressing again. Sorry.

Well, I found another new ink I love, though it’s color is similar to Burgundy Mist, and the price is steep.  Hey, if your pen is going to be expensive, might as well fill it with an expensive ink.

Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo ink. Hello gorgeous. Can’t quite remember how I ran across this ink… Oh wait, I saw it on this most amazing youtube video that is the most mesmerizing thing to watch. Calligraphy and all gorgeousness. If you love pens, nibs, and anything fountain pen related you need to watch this video.

Anyways, I won’t even try to describe the beauty of this ink. Just look at the pictures below

Okay, so clearly I’m obsessed a little bit. I’ve included way too many media items, but I can’t express my love of all things pen related right now.  I adore my three fountain pens and I was listening to myself write today. Oh the lovely scratch of a fountain pen.  A roller ball or gel pen will never be able to compete in the sounds of writing like a fountain pen does. Kind of like an old manual typewriter is way better sounding than a laptop keyboard.

Well, enjoy. I recommend checking out The Goulet Pen Company. A little pricy, but another one that has marvelous pens, all of mine coming from there, is His Nibs.  Wonderful to work with the seller too.

So check them out, and if you have a favorite pen, tell me about it. Or a gorgeous ink you have to have. I’d love to know.

Signing off

~Kate

Journal Me Journal You

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Mr. Statham’s caption : A lot on my mind, about time I write it down…

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I am  stealing borrowing the two above pictures from Mr. Statham (not the real Jason Statham, but a friend who I swear could be the Man and I mention him in a post from three years ago if you click the highlighted name).  He just posted these tonight on Facebook and I immediately fell in love with them and told him that I was going to use them for a blog post.  My only comment is, that journal is empty! and I think a fountain pen might be needed.  Just saying. But, then, does Jason Statham use a fountain pen? Probably not.

I have not met many men in my life that write in a journal.  Granted, I don’t know tons of men, and most of the ones I do, are old…. So I find it kind of cool and sexy  in a writer-esque sort of way to see that a guy is writing in a journal.  And the mood in the setting is just so very Poe and The Raven to me. (the candles and the moodiness of the look) I can’t explain why I find this so inspiring, but I do.

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My ‘midnight’ writing and guest (my dachshund). Not quite as cool, but I have my fountain pens and my Paris pictures and star light…

I am not one to have much of a ‘setting’ when I write.  I write when I get a moment, though as of late, my journaling is at midnight.  I do a lot of midnight entries.  Since the 19th of September, I have spent half my midnights writing in my journal.  Dealing with guy trouble and thoughts that are too big to write about in the day.  Generally more macabre at that time, but I’m more inclined to get to the heart of my troubles when I’m tired and it’s dark out.  I can ‘sob’ out my issues when no one is around.

Writing in my journal is so very private in a way. I know I wrote not long ago that I was inclined to take my journal with me wherever I went (read the post HERE), and while that’s true, I still like my thoughts private.  When something is really troubling me, I like to be along with my thoughts and not feel pressured to get my writing done.

Part of the reason for my midnight entries, which are dated that way as well, are because my life is hectic. I do not have much time in the day for sitting down to voice my thoughts.  I’d love to, but I rarely have time. The few times I do, it’s right after lunch when I have a cup of tea in hand and a few moments to spare.  But at night I stay up. I am such a night owl it’s scary sometimes. So I write. I also play on Tumblr and read emails, but I like to write then.

Adding to this slightly disjointed post, pardon, but it is after midnight. I never said my thoughts were clear at this point…..  It’s always interesting to see the journals people use.  Mr. Statham’s is clearly a guy’s journal.  Brown or black leather, smooth, simplistic, unlined pages, simple pen.  Totally masculine.

But then there’s me.  Right now my journal is a flowery composition book.  As will the next two journals after this one. I need lines because I write on a slope. I need composition books because they are big enough to get my point across without going through two journals a year.  I ramble so I need plenty of room to fit in everything.  And I have been using my fountain pens religiously to write with.

Fountain pens are kind of sexy.  Trust me.  Especially filled with the different inks.  Right now I’m in a Burgundy Mist and Sepia mode.  I just got through black and a unique mix of the Burgundy and black because I was too lazy to clean my pen before I filled it…  Colors reflect my mood.  Sepia is my conservative mood, while Burgundy….. well no boring thoughts were conceived when writing in a wine colored ink….. cue naughty wink

And now I have written a blog post, instead of writing in my journal like Mr. Statham. Now it’s late and I have sleep that is needed, so I shall close.  I’m curious about you dear reader.  If you are a man, do you keep a journal?  What do you write with?  What type of journal do you use?

Girls, what about you?  Tell me, do you like plain or fancy journals?  I’m curious too as to when you like to write.  Do you like writing in the morning when you wake up, thoughts fresh and clean, or do you like to get down and dirty at night?

And because well, I can’t resist, the lovely, handsome, every girl wants him…

Mr. Jason Statham (because I don’t feel I should post my friend’s picture without his consent. But trust me, he really, really looks like this guy)jason-statham12

Signing off

~Kate

It’s Caturday!

This post is strictly for those over at Caterpickles. I saw this while perusing Tumblr, which I should never do after 12AM, but I’m a masochist at times. I fell in love with this picture and immediately thought of the 5YO and her mother.

But isn’t this the sweetest thing ever? I have to write something about Caturday. I like the sound of that.

Signing off
~Kate

I Come From

I come from the highlands

where the wind whistles and

blows through the sweet grass

I come from forests ancient and dark

where emerald moss pads the stoic

boulders and hidden streams gurgle and bubble

I come from the crashing ocean

salt spray and stinging mists

where soft sand and waves tickle your toes

I come from the mountains

where resinous pines and firs

are my incense and perfume

I come from the meadows at night

where you look up to see

millions of lights twinkling down

The stars are my friends

The trees whisper their kinship

The streams  tinkle my name

The ocean calls me home

My home is my family

safe and warm

where I can be me

But I come from. . .

I was reading Poemcrazy by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge and one section was on where I come from. Not actually come from, since that was the Bay Area, but where I felt I belonged.  I think that is a broad answer, where I’m from, since I feel like I’m from a lot of places. Or I just happen to like a lot of places.  I wonder if they are one and the same.

I hope you all enjoy. I spit this one out today while eating lunch and scribbling with my fountain pen in my journal.

Writing on

~Kate

Writing Letters

Letters straight from the heart

Okay, so I’ve never quite understood this thing in books and songs where someone writes letters but never sends them to whom they are writing to.  I’ve always thought that was so strange.

Not any more. I completely and totally get it.

Last Friday I met someone whom I spent maybe forty-five minutes talking to.  He is hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, and well, he is just really, really cool.  He’s a recovering artist and he was really interested in the fact that I write.  We left each other with the promise that when he finishes the trail in September, he plans to come back this way and he wants to call on me.  Or call me.  Or something that sounded equally cool.

And I can’t contact him until then.  I mean, I have his number….. but he is on the trail. You look up the PCT and see how good cell reception is.  Ha ha.

So, until then I have to wait.  And here I thought I went nuts before waiting for someone to call.  Nothing like this.  Mrs. Day said it took Walter 4-5 days after getting her number before calling. I have to wait over a month.

So, I am writing letters.  One a day for every day he’s on the trail.  They are to him, of course, but it’s all a one sided conversation and me asking questions that I hope I will be able to ask in person.  Maybe someday, depending on what happens, I can give them to him.

I think this letter writing thing is more of a journal type thing for me.  I’m using my good fountain pens, in brilliant red and sepia inks.  They seem very writer-esque to me.  And I am so a writer.  I thrive in the writer’s sphere.  I think.

Well, the letters make me keep thinking of Michael Buble’s song ‘Home’. Some of the lyrics are

And I’ve been keeping all the letters that I wrote to you
Each one a line or two
“I’m fine baby, how are you?”
Well I would send them but I know that it’s just not enough
My words were cold and flat
And you deserve more than that”

So, has anyone ever written letters that they’ve never sent?

Signing off

~Kate

The Elegant Script

Image of a modern fountain pen writing in curs...

Yesterday, Isabella Louise Anderson AKA Chick Lit Goddess, blogged about handwriting, HERE.  I thought it a great post, and I decided I wanted to reply to her thoughts at the bottom of the post, plus add my own twist to the mix.

Her questions:

What do you think about your handwriting, or do you even know what it looks like?

Is it the same each time?  Do you prefer to write cursive or non-cursive?

When writing by hand in this modern world, do you find yourself struggling to remember to spell?

My answers:

What do you think about your handwriting, or do you even know what it looks like?

 
My cursive handwriting has gone through years of legible, illegible, doctor’s scribble, to, well, I can at least decipher my notes these days.  There was a time I had super sloppy cursive, and I  was pretty embarrassed to send off a note to anyone, especially my girl friend, Mrs. Austen, who has disgustingly beautiful cursive. No, I’m not kidding you. Her cursive could be a font, it’s so perfect.  I am green with envy every letter I receive from her.

About three years ago, I decided I needed to improve my handwriting. I started trying to work on my printing first. My printing has always been neat, but not very nice to look at. I throw in bits of cursive, especially when I’m in a hurry, and I was taught D’Nealian growing up. It’s like a precursor to cursive. Well, it did not make for super neat  printing. I decided to try and write like my father, all caps, in block letters.

An example of D'Nealian manuscript (also calle...

An example of D'Nealian manuscript (also called print or block) writing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I now have one of the neatest prints around, not to brag, but I’m bragging. Mrs. Austen even commented on how neat and pretty it is. Coming from her, that is, well, a major compliment.  I got interested in the block printing after reading about technical lettering, which is the style architects and engineers use.  It’s very neat, and very cool. Time consuming most definitely, but honestly, my print has never been so legible.

My cursive has improved in the past two years, especially since I started using a fountain pen. My letters have to be defined, or the ink runs together. Plus, how you hold the pen, and I don’t know, the fanciful thought that cursive should be better with a fountain pen, has made my writing much neater.  (The printing taught me to write in a straight line across the page, but I still do up and down with cursive)

Is it the same each time?  Do you prefer to write cursive or non-cursive?

For the most part my writing stays the same unless I am in a hurry. Then it gets pretty messy and I can’t always understand if it’s a ‘cl’ or a ‘d’ I forgot to close the gap. I still prefer cursive because that was what I was taught the most, but when I need to write notes, send off a recipe, or detail instructions, I use the block printing.  I also use the block printing for when I need to fill in a post card. I can write incredibly tiny, so fit that much more print on the page! But when I am brainstorming and writing, I am almost always using cursive.

When writing by hand in this modern world, do you find yourself struggling to remember to spell?

I have never been a strong speller, but for the most part, I’m not bad.  The spell checkers have actually made me a better speller because I look at what I did wrong, instead of just saying correct it all, and try to remember the right way to spell something.  For ages I was writing ‘ridiculous’ as ‘r-e-diculous’. (whoops, there I scared a boggart!  Say it with me. RIDICULOUS!)

I mostly make mistakes with my spelling because I am in a hurry, not because I don’t know how to spell. I occasionally still put an ‘e’ on the end of ‘with’, but that’s sort of a habit from typing. Go figure.  The more I type, I’m finding the less I see the ‘red’ squiggle line saying something is wrong.

And I’m finding most of my handwriting stays pretty correct when it comes to spelling.

In this digital world, I still use a pad and pen most of the time for writing or more, the start of a story. I like to carry my notebook with me, and a pen, which is usually a fountain pen.  I like the ‘writer’ feel of having a pen in my hand.  I don’t think I could give it up.  And I don’t think I would feel comfortable taking, say an iPad out in public and typing. I like writing by hand too much.

So, there is my take.

Now it’s your turn.  I urge you to read Isabella’s post and comment on her questions. It’s a little bit of a thought for all of us in this modern world.

Signing off

~Kate

I Finally Own A Fountain Pen

I wrote a Vintage Craze post on fountain pens last week.  I failed to mention that I was waiting on two fountain pens I had ordered and two bottles of ink.

Well, I now own two real fountain pens.  And here they are!

Hero Victorian and Pen & Ink Sketch fountain pens

Aren’t they gorgeous?  The silver one is a Hero Victorian and the black one is the Pen & Ink Sketch fountain pen.  The Hero is from this wonderful pen site, http://www.hisnibs.com

I highly recommend this site. The guy that runs it, Norman Haase, is a dream to work with. Anyone interested in a fountain pen should consider using his site.  I cannot rave enough about it.
 
The Pen & Ink (and yes, that is the title) came from Amazon.  It was only $9 with $7 shipping.  I can handle that.  And the pen I have is in extra fine.  Like I said in the fountain pen post, I need fine.
 
Both pens are completely different, but both are amazing.  I need to break the Pen & Ink one in, but the Hero.  Sigh.  I am in love with that pen.
 
And here’s the kicker.  I have two inks for the pens.  The Hero has this gorgeous burgundy wine color ink, Private Reserve Burgundy Mist.  The Pen & Ink has Private Reserve Sepia.  And the Sepia is beautiful as well.
 
I’ve already sent off a letter to my girlfriend with the Hero in use.  I cannot rave enough about it all.
 
So, now I can’t say I don’t have fountain pens. Yee!
 
Oh, and for those of you interested  :Vintage Craze – Part 5 : Fountain Pens
 
Signing off
~Kate

Vintage Craze – Part 5 : Fountain Pens

Nothing screams ‘vintage’ as much as a fountain pen.  Okay, there are probably other things, but you can’t deny that fountain pens are pretty vintage, even if they are still used today.

 

 I can’t say when I first decided I wanted a fountain pen.  Probably somewhere

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 in my teens.  I’m betting it was around the time of the Emilie Loring book phase I went through.  Any ways, they became
 

something I wanted to own.  They seem so delicate, yet they have been used for all forms of writing, long before there was such a thing as a ball point.  Or, horrors, a gel pen.  Personally, I hate gel pens. I use my Zebra ball points all the time, but if I had a good fountain pen,  I’d like to think that I would use that all the time instead.

SG2400 Blatt Fountain Pen

I do actually own ‘fountain pens’.  Thow of them, but I don’t really count them as true ones.  Which is silly since one of them is.  I just don’t feel that the $7 one from Walmart is really one that is that good.  For one, because the yahoos that designed it left the cap without an airtight seal, so the ink in the cartridges dries up too frequently.  Also the ink flows way to fast from the nib.  I guess that means it could be a medium or broad tip, but still.

The other pen I own is a disposable fountain pen a friend gave me last year.  I do happen to like it because it is pretty, bit it tends to flow too  quickly for my tastes as well.  Because I write erratically, fast ink means more mistakes.  I have never written smoothly in my life and I probably never will.  I do print more evenly, but seriously, when you think fountain pen, you think elegant cursive. OH, and my cursive is far from elegant.  Really messy might be a better description for what comes out of the end of my pen.  But I digress.

Montblanc new and old ink bottles

Montblanc

Fountain pens come in many different styles, and really cool ones come with converters so that you can fill them with the ink of your choice, allowing for great variations in style.  Say you are a bold woman.  Then you need an expressive pen, wide nib, and crimson ink for those love letters you pen to all your suitors.

Shy author, well then a modest pen, maybe one with a hooded nib.  Fine tip of course as you are dignified, and maybe just a nice chocolate ink.  Definitely modest.

Me, though I am not bold, I want a pen that one will notice. It must be elegant and feminine.  Not bulky, with a fine or extra fine nib due to how I write.  As for ink, well I’m a green or purple kind of girl.  If feeling really adventurous I might step into the world of crimson, but I like to think that would only be sued to write a lover.  Not for every day use.  I do happen to love brown and bold blue inks, but my first choice would be purple, my second choice being green.  And apparently I have given more thought to ink color than pen looks.  Hmmmmm.

There are some really great places online that you can purchase fountain pens.  My father has gotten on a kick, and started looking for me.  For the non romantics and bargain hunters, Amazon is a great place.  There were some incredibly wonderful pens there that I wanted, but they only came in a medium nib.

Some other great places are:

I would recommend if you are interested in fountain pens, to check out these sites.  Both X Fountain Pens and His Nibs sell ink as well.  I’m sure the other places might, but I haven’t looked.

Signing off  (with a flourish and blot)

~Kate