Good morning my doves.

It is absolutely sweltering warm in the UK today, and has been for the last… Week? Maybe? At least since the Friday, maybe. We’ve had a little rain in the evenings here and there but it hasn’t really helped. We’re not used to this weather at all. Me especically, which you might think is weird considering the fact that I’m a “summer baby” – being born in August and all. Well, at the end of August, the 29th. (Oh god I’m 25 this year that’s terrifying). I was supposed to be an early Autumn baby but no. Apparently I wanted to see the world early.


I’ve fallen into the world of eyedropper fountain pens recently. I think it started with getting a… Airmail/Wality fountain pen. I think that’s what they’re called. Actually no. It started with my love of clear/demonstrator fountain pens. I just like seeing the ink; that’s why I like clear barrels so much. It’s a quirk. When I was looking for another, new one on eBay, I came across an Airmail pen. Ordered it, it arrived, inked it up, boom love. And then, a couple of my pen friends on Twitter (and obviously Brad and Myke on the podcast) started talking about Franklin-Christoph pens and… Ooof, those things are attractive. If money were no object, I’ll take the Smoke and Ice version with the 1.1mm nib. It’s on my grail pen list now. Along with like, four or five others I think. Maybe one day I’ll get at least one. We’ll see.

Here’s a link to the review that madde me think “I actually NEED this pen” – Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic fountain pen review by Pens! Paper! Pencils!

So, I started hunting around for other eyedroppers. I didn’t have much luck. One evening I was watching one of the Goulet Q&A videos and I was reminded that, hey hang on a minute – the Platinum Preppy makes an awesome eyedropper, and you have two kicking around – one of which isn’t doing anything. So, naturally, I hopped over to CultPens and ordered two more (along with a pen-eraser thing because I can never find my other ones and I figured that if I had one in a pen cup, I’d have a bigger chance of finding it). So now I have four Platinum Preppy fountain pens in my pen cup; two in 0.3 and two in 0.5, all different colours. I’m going to use up the ink and then I’m going to tinker and turn them into eyedroppers. And the best thing is, they’re cheap (I think like £3 a pen) so if they break, it’s not really a big deal. Unless it’s full of ink.

I shall let you know how this goes for me.

Until next week!




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#OneBookJuly2014 – Slightly late introduction and a late report on Week One.

Looking back on it, I should’ve written about this last week. But hey, what can you do? I was inspired  last week and I’m not one to look a gift horse in the mouth when that happens.


This month, I am taking part in this:


Here’s a link to a YouTube playlist of all the tagged videos.

Because who am I to resist a challenge? I have so many pocket sized notebooks lying around, I thought, why not?

I should mention that I have only downsized for my journalling, not for my daily writing, bceause that’s a bit too disruptive and I only use one pen and one notebook a month for that anyway. (A month is about the average time it takes me to get through one A5 notebook for my daily writing anyway, so I’ve kinda been doing it for years. Maybe not the one pen thing; I’ve only really been doing that for a few months – normally I’d change my pen almost every day.)

Yes, this means that I’ve stepped out of my Midori for a month. I miss it already but I’m gonna stick to the notebook I’ve chosen. Which, is this:

Very pink, much girly, wow..

It’s an A6 Midori MD notebook with a cover on it. So, I’m not straying very far, really. Don’t mind the picture in the plastic cover; it’s a joke between a friend and I and it makes me giggle. Plus it’s pink. The one pen is a Pilot Kakuno with a Fine nib, inked with J.Herbin’s Rose Tendresse. Can you tell I’m into pink right now?

On the second day, I realise that I’d need something to separate the days (or, chunks of text) out in my notebook so I dug around in my little organiser bag where I keep a lot of my Midori loot, picked one of the washi tapes I have and pulled out my paper trimmer to do this:

Cut to size, stuck to the plastic cover, ready to go.

One of my better ideas I think. They’re not cut perfectly straight and they’re not exactly the right size but I really don’t care – they’re close enough and they do the job.

On day four, I really, really missed my Midori. It’s sitting to my right, looking all sorry for itself. It’s not empty; it’s still got everything in it, including the next empty insert I was planning on using… But it’s not being used right now. Instead of changing over and throwing in the towel, I consoled myself by tinkering with the set up of it a bit before scribbling writing in my A6 book.

For the last couple of days I have been a little frustrated with my pen. I don’t know if that’s due to the ink I’m using or the fact that it’s a Japanese Fine nib (which is roughly like a Western Extra Fine) but it’s a bit… I want to say that it’s a bit of a dry writer? I struggle to get the ink onto the page without dipping the tip of the nib in water sometimes. I tried to remedy this by storing the pen nib down for a bit. That seemed to work for a little while but not long. Then pen was actually okay last night, and I’d kept it nib up in my pen cup for awhile. I don’t really get what’s going on. The feed is bright pink, so it’s not like there’s no ink there. I don’t know. Sometimes it behaves, sometimes it doesn’t.

I’m quite enjoying the size, actually. I think it means I write less though – I have this mindset of filling at least a page of whatever size journal I’m using every time I sit and write (which is normally only once a day). I guess I have even less to say now than I did while I was in the Midori? I don’t know how that works. But, I am enjoying it. I’m not sticking in as much stuff as I was with the Midori, but I guess I just don’t have anything to stick in yet.

Is anyone else doing this? Would any of you consider it? Do you think I’m strange?
Let me know in the comments and I’ll see you next week.



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Best bargain!

100% the best bargain I’ve ever found was the annotated Sherlock Holmes for 25p a volume. God bless charity shops. I already owned collections of Holmes when I saw them but could not walk away without them! These editions are older ones but they do see for about $40 on eBay so I thought it was a bit of a steal.

This is not my photo, as my copies are stacked away somewhere but they are identical.

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A Twist in the Tale of Fountain Pen Joys.

I’m not easily disappointed when it comes to stationery. Mostly because I spend a lot of time looking at the stuff, reading about the stuff and doing snippets of research. But sometimes, just sometimes, something pops up on my radar that doesn’t have a lot of column inches. On the internet anyway. Most of the time if a product doesn’t have many reviews (that I can find) or anything like that then I’m going to be really curious about it. And if that curiousity lingers, then I’m just gonna go and get it.

This is how I came to own the only pen that has ever disappointed me.

Do you want to know what it is? Alright then.

No Twist, no fun?! Are you kidding me?! She would not be that happy if she’d actually sat and tried to use one of these things.

Yes, that’s an advertisement from the Pelikan website for the Pelikan Twist. I am so disappointed with this pen that I only have ONE of my own photos of the thing. And it’s not even a very good photo, from what I recall. I can’t even find the photo.

Anyway. I have the… Blue and pink fountain pen version you see on the advertisement there. It’s got a fruity sounding name, which I need to go and look up… Blueberry Harmony. And yes, all the names are that… Strange. Like, the orange one up there (it has a light blue grip) is called Summer Splash. The light blue one (has dark blue grip) is called Fresh Ocean, and that red/green on on the end is Apple Candy. Not pictured is a teal pen (which is actually a nice colour) with a yellow grip wihich is named, aptly, Petrol. Yes, I understand that these are aimed towards children and maybe the teenage market, but the price was pretty decent (I got mine from CultPens for a shade under £10) and I’d never tried a Pelkan fountain pen before (because all of the nice ones I’d previously seen are really expensive). So, naturally, I thought “why the hell not?”

I give Pelikan points for the bright colours, the decent price and the fun sounding names. And hey, the pen looks pretty cool, right? I mean, that’s what swayed me. But man that pen is uncomfortable to hold. That thing is pretty rigid plastic. For some reason I thought it would be a bit… Hm… Softer. But no. It’s rigid plastic and those sharp looking lines? While they’re not ‘sharp’ they can and do dig into your hand. Your grip depending, of course. Anyone who thinks that the Lamy Safari is uncomfortable to hold clearly hasn’t held one of these. Seriously. Holding the Safari is like holding a Uniball pen with one of their Alpha Gel grips compared to holding the Twist.

I’ve gone back to this pen at least three times since I got it (I think I got it for Fountain Pen Day last year. Or the year before, I can’t remember) and… No. I can’t and don’t get on with it. I can’t wrap my head (or, rather, hand) around how to hold it properly. I just find it really uncomfortable. I couldn’t even get an idea of what the nib was like because I couldn’t write with it for long enough to form an opinion. That’s how much I dislike this pen.

(I don’t dislike it enough to put me off Pelikan pens. I found myself a Pelikan Pelikano on ebay; a transparent one. It was a little more than the Twist but, it’s a transparent model that I don’t think’s been made for awhile.)

Normally, I’d say “it’s not you, it’s me,” but in this case, Pelikan Twist, it really is you.

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A favourite from childhood!

The Secret Seven were always a childhood favourite (and much preferred over the Famous Five!) but this was a particular favourite from the series, though I’m not sure why. I ate these books up when I was younger.


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Surely, if you admit that you have a problem, it’s okay?

Hello crumpets!

I am unnaturally cheerful today, despite the fact that we’ve reached the “oh-no-it’s-hot” part of the year. The majority of us Brits don’t do heat very well because 95% of the time it’s such a shock to out systems. The UK is famous for being cold and wet after all so go figure.


Every so often I’ll sit back in my chair and survey the corner kingdom that is my desk and the surrounding corner. I’ll take a good look and I’ll actually see all of the notebooks and all of the pens I have. And sometimes I freak out and have a bit of a panic attack. How am I going to use all the pens? How am I going to fill all of the notebooks? I’m not going to have enough ideas to fill all of those empty pages. And then! If it’s a particularly bad day then those thoughts will slip into the oh my god; what is going to happen to all of my writing when I die? But that doesn’t really happen all too often, but I do get really hung up on that thought if it rears its ugly head. I don’t like to think about that bit very much, but I don’t like to think about dying or death or anything too far into the future because then my mood spirals.

So, I sit back and panic over all of my stuff. And then I start to feel bad, because I just have so much stationery. And it’s like… This is a little ridiculous, isn’t it? Like, holy crap how can one person use all of this?

My friends, (god bless my friends, I love them all) are terrible, terrible enablers. But on the other hand, they’d say the same about me. They nudge me gently into maybe making a CultPens order, or they send me a notebook and ink cartridges for my birthday (with a note in the book along the lines of I know I’m feeding your addiction but that’s what friends do <3 or words to that effect; not going to look it up exactly for you because it’s a personal thing.) But, and thank god for all of them especially so for this, they’re also all brilliant at talking me out of being an idiot. Even if it’s just one of them throwing me a “if they make you happy, don’t worry about it – it really helps. To be honest, even my boyfriend says things like that sometimes. Only sometimes though, but hey, that still counts, right?

Something the boyfriend IS good at pointing out, however, is my stack of charts. The chart that lets me know how many notebooks I’ve filled. The monthly charts that keep track of how many words I write a day. Then he points to the stack of already filled notebooks (we’re on about 45 now, by the way, since I started keeping track on February 26th 2011) because sometimes it’s easier to look at the physical result than the results on paper. He’s very good at that.

I put a lot of pressure on myself to write 500 words every day. I have done since I first started the Year of Continuous Writing a couple of years ago. I am still technically doing that, although I don’t check into the website anymore, for whatever reason that is. I’ve forgotten. I don’t like not meeting a goal, hence the pressure. But, and I’m going to toot my own horn here, I don’t think I’ve missed a day since… Maybe Graduation? I know I was doing NaNo that year and that day was just SO busy I didn’t have much time. Or I was just simply too darn tired to do anything. I’m not sure if that date is entirely accurate; but I know I’ve been writing daily for at least… Two years? Maybe a smidge longer. I’d have to look it up.

I feel kinda… Lost when/if I don’t write. I actually really hate it. And 500 words a day is nothing, all things considered. At least, it would be if I typed. But I handwrite (which is why I  have so many pens and notebooks). I do it because I love it. I do it because I feel weird if I don’t. I don’t (currently) care if I’m the only one who reads it, or if anything ever gets typed up. I’m 24, I’m relatively healthy; I have time.

And because I handwrite, I need all of the pens and notebooks, right? Sure I maybe probably definitely have excess of both categories, which probably means I have a problem but… I like the things. They make me happy. And surely that’s all that matters?

Comments? Questions? Agree with me? Think I’m insane? There’s a comments box, drop me a line!

Until next week,




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challenge thing


So, I have returned!

This is a thing I found on twitter and was being run throughout May or June. As I can’t think of anything more creative to do, this should fuel some of the next few weeks of posts! I may do two per post, or skip some if I don’t have an answer for it!


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