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”

Welcome to the Obsidian Palms

It’s been years since I’ve had anything close to a blog but I’ve got stuff to say and I need somewhere to say it. Okay, that’s a little dramatic. I really just needed another outlet to geek out about some of my favorite things: Fountain pens and writing. And puns! If you’re coming in fromContinue reading “Welcome to the Obsidian Palms”