wInksday #5 – Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki

Back at it with the Iroshizuku’s Kon-Peki, a fascinating blue ink. Bright, vivid, bold. If you’re looking at a light blue ink you’re not going to regret this one. Again, decent showing all around and it actually did better on the Clairefontaine than the Scribble did. For this test, I used a Lamy Safari MContinue reading “wInksday #5 – Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki”

An (un?)needed defense of fanfiction

On Mondays, I’ll do a routine blog update with stuff that I’m working on, things relating to the writing world at large, and just my own meandering thoughts. I always like to start off my blogs talking about fanfiction because it’s how I got started writing-writing. Before the book deal, before the longlists, before theContinue reading “An (un?)needed defense of fanfiction”

wInksday #4 – Diamine Scribble

And we’re back! Sorta. Still trying to get used to a better writing schedule so I can more frequently update this. Again, what’s the end point? I don’t know. I like inks. INKS! I’ve picked up a thing for purple inks because it’s one of my favorite colors. Blame it on going to Church duringContinue reading “wInksday #4 – Diamine Scribble”

Fountain Pen Friday #3 – A few of my favorite pens

But really, all of them. And I’ll go more into detail about the Diplomat, Lamy, and the Pilot later but right now I want to deviate just a skosh to talk a little bit about my favorite pens and how I feel they complement my fountain pen habit/daily pen use. I just love pens, y’all.Continue reading “Fountain Pen Friday #3 – A few of my favorite pens”

wInksday #3 – J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor (Emerald of Chicken)

And I’m back y’all. It’s exhausting being a teacher. But I love it. I spent years working corporate and some days where I’d dread work. As tired as I am, as frustrated as I am, as beat-down as I can get sometimes by general ennui and stress, there’s not been a single day as anContinue reading “wInksday #3 – J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor (Emerald of Chicken)”

Fountain Pen Friday #2 – The Things He Carried

One of the common terms you hear in the fountain pen, and really a lot of other communities, is the term ‘EDC’ as in everyday carry. Now, one thing I did mention about my fountain pen vice/habit is that it’s encouraged me not to put pens in my pockets (unless I’m wearing a shirt withContinue reading “Fountain Pen Friday #2 – The Things He Carried”

wINKsday #3 – Noodler’s Rome is Burning

Nathan Tardif is an interesting man. A very outspoken New Englander with strong Libertarian convictions, he runs his entire organization by (mostly) himself. Makes ink. Sells the ink. Packages the ink. I think that’s pretty neat. I also think it’s pretty neat that he has an incredible ink variety. And that he sometimes does thingsContinue reading “wINKsday #3 – Noodler’s Rome is Burning”

Magister Monday #1 – Required Reading

Mondays will have weekly thoughts about writing craft-related stuff. I’m always grateful for Lupe Mendez, Jasminne Mendez, and Icess Fernandez for what they’ve done for me in terms of being a writer in this city. Lupe and Jasminne invited me to lead a small flash fiction workshop as part of their Tintero Readings series. Icess,Continue reading “Magister Monday #1 – Required Reading”

Fountain Pen Friday #1 – Starter Pens

Fountain Pen Fridays are the weekly blog posts/conversations about fountain pens and general stationery. So now that we’ve talked about why fountain pens, I’m going to talk about how best to introduce yourself (or others) to the hobby. In the community this is known as penabling but I also call it pen-vangelizing. I’m going toContinue reading “Fountain Pen Friday #1 – Starter Pens”

wINKsday #2 – Pilot Iroshizuku ku-jaku

Hello, everyone! Hope everyone’s enjoying their Spring Break/Stimulus Day/Ordinary Workday. Today is the official start of my wINKsday series. I thought I’d start with the very first ink I purchased – the Pilot Iroshizuku ku-jaku. Kujaku means peacock in Japanese. It’s also apparently <furious typing> a type of koi fish and a character in Naruto.Continue reading “wINKsday #2 – Pilot Iroshizuku ku-jaku”