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Pens and Poetry

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There have been times when I've wanted to pull away from LJ a little more and maybe start writing in a paper journal again. Paper journals of mine can't be the ongoing day-to-day happenings type of journal. I can write that way online, but not on paper.

I kept a "Book of Shadows" through highschool. I just transcribed poems, beautiful literary exerpts and other stuff that I liked into it. I've referenced that book for poetry and neat stuff over the years.

I had a good time writing in my little Book of Shadows. It was a nice, solitary activity. The parents were just fine with it. What more could I ask for? What more could THEY ask for?!?! =) There was no pressure to make stuff up, no pressure for it to be good and no writer's block problems to overcome. And I didn't have to analyse the literary works to death, there would not be a test at the end of the poem. I'm not a creative person. I can feel inspiration, but it's not in my nature to write. I letter, I pen, I don't write.

There was definitely a shift in maturity level of the things I thought were cool from the short, cute rhymie things near the beginning to the longer, more grown up cool things in the later pages: The Highwayman, all the Robin Hood poems, Paul Revere's Ride, Edgar Allen Poe, Li Bai, Faraday's Law of Induction (it sounded INCREDIBLY cool to me at 15, uh-kay?!), and on and on.

From time to time, I wonder why I don't have more of these books. I think I'd like to try starting another one. It might make some interesting handwritten posts =)

I was also thinking about getting a good pen to do this with. I don't know if this is a part of growing older but, more and more, I'm finding comfort and satisfaction in owning quality, heirloom-ish, investment-ish material objects. Sure, I don't need them and I certainly don't need to be spending hundreds of dollars for a freaking writing stick, but there's a "measure of success" feel to it and even a small amount of companionship in these possessions. I'm beginning to understand it in my old age.

I suppose I shouldn't be too stunned by the lack of high-end writing instrument aficionados on LJ or on the internet in general, for that matter. I did an LJ interest search for "Mont Blanc" and came up mostly... well, blanc. *znerf* Sorry. =D

Oh, oh, wait, one more: <shakespearean>If there were a community for Mont Blancs, Parkers, Watermans, Sheaffers, Pelikans, Rotrings, etc., it ought to be called userinfopenis_mightiers. </shakespearean> *snick* *snick* Okay, I'm done. XD

Anyway, I did some quick reading. It looks like what I want is a Mont Blanc Fine Liner. I prefer thin barrelled and fine tip pens. I have small hands. I can't write with a baseball bat.

My Dad is a Parker Man™, himself, I should ask him. It must be mean of me to laugh, but I think he just doesn't like Mont Blancs because he can't pronounce it easily. XD XD

I think fountain pens are interesting, but I don't know how I'd fare using one. It doesn't need to be idiotically easy to use. I was born with some tinkering ability and I can mil. spec. solder picoFarad capacitors by hand, so I do have a little more manual dexterity than your average oyster. But I don't want it to be so fussy that it's more frustrating than interesting.

A few hundred dollars is not out of my reach. It's just a question of how much I want to have a pen in exchange for that few hundred dollars. This is definitely not a high priority and it could very well fall off the radar, but this entry is here to remind me that this is something I want to read more about and try to find people to talk to about it. And who knows? Maybe I may buy one. One day. Maybe.

It's exasperating talking to userinfoThe Husband about these things: "Does it play MP3s? Don't they know that the very definition of 'high-end' is that it has to play MP3s? Even shoes. Does it have GPS? Does it have an FM tuner? Does it have a laser pointer on the end? Does it at least have blinkie-flashie lights on it? For a $300 stick, it needs to do all that."

He does have a point though =)


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Sep. 7th, 2005 03:53 am (UTC)
Wait, are you selling Penis Mightiers? You could make a fortune...
Sep. 8th, 2005 04:31 am (UTC)

No, Mr. Cage. We are NOT selling "penis mightiers". Shut up, Mr. Connery.
(no subject) - sertrel - Sep. 8th, 2005 04:51 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - bride - Sep. 8th, 2005 04:56 am (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 7th, 2005 03:55 am (UTC)
And really, I'm surprised at you... Being able to solder pF capacitors is meaningless, since they come in many form factors... If you can hand solder 0402 (or 0201) surface mount components, that's impressive... :)
Sep. 7th, 2005 04:04 am (UTC)
I don't remember what type they were, but my favorite ones to solder and unsolder kinda looked like multilayer ceramic ones, but they were itty bitty and they were transparent. And I thought the box said "pF" on them...
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Sep. 7th, 2005 06:24 am (UTC)
Well, aren't *we* headed for the pun-itentiary tonight?!

Actually, you might want to check out some of the writing groups - a lot of the novelists on lj are pen fetishists, and discuss such. If you want, I can post some general queries on the groups I'm on and to my flist, which I'm *sure* has pennuts...
Sep. 7th, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
Ooo, sure, thanks =)
(no subject) - bride - Sep. 7th, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - kaseido - Sep. 8th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 7th, 2005 06:30 am (UTC)
of pens and notebooks
I recently discovered much discussion about pens and Moleskine notebooks in the following links. You might find some usefulness there. I know I'm getting my kicks. There's even a low-tech angle with paper PDAs:

Sep. 7th, 2005 02:49 pm (UTC)
Re: of pens and notebooks
Cool, thanks =)
Sep. 7th, 2005 12:01 pm (UTC)
"Does it play MP3s?"

I completely understand, I'm met with the same when contemplating a purchase out loud. Apparently, even socks should play MP3s
Sep. 7th, 2005 02:49 pm (UTC)
Socks with GPS and laser pointing toes would be cool =D
Sep. 8th, 2005 03:14 am (UTC)
here via fimbrethil's friends list
There is a community called fountainpens, which might have what you're looking for.

As a certifiable fountain pen geek (I've got somewhere between twenty and thirty good quality ones, and am going to the NYC Pen Show this weekend), I have a group of questions: are you righthanded or lefthanded? how big do you write? how wet do you want your pen's nib to be? do you like fat pens or slender ones? are you interested in special nibs, such as stub or italic? how long a pen do you want? new or vintage?
Sep. 8th, 2005 03:55 am (UTC)
Re: here via fimbrethil's friends list
Hi there, welcome =)

I'm just looking for background info and pretty pictures for now... not necessarily to actually get one =) And this might make you cringe, but my only experience with fountain pens is the teach-yourself-calligraphy set I bought for myself from a drug store a billion years ago to try English calligraphy. I had fun though =D

are you righthanded or lefthanded? - righthanded.

how big do you write? - I can adjust, but in general, I like writing small. With a 1mm wide nib, my x-height is 4mm; the total height from the top of my ascenders to the bottom of my descenders, is 9.5mm. With a fine point ballpoint pen, my x-height tends to be 3mm and total height tends to be 7.5-8mm

how wet do you want your pen's nib to be? - not very, to begin with, I would guess. I used to do Chinese calligraphy and I know that if you overload your brush, you need to move faster. I'm guessing that at first, I'll want to be able to take my time.

do you like fat pens or slender ones? - slender. My favorite pen was slender.

are you interested in special nibs, such as stub or italic? - not for the moment, no.

how long a pen do you want? new or vintage? - I don't have the experience to be able to know what lengths I like. I've always had just regular pen lengthed ones. Ditto with the new/vintage... does "vintage" mean "previously owned and regularly used" or is it really a brand new pen, but made to look like a vintage style?

Thanks for your help =)
Sep. 10th, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC)
Li Bai? Or Li Bo?

I thought "Li Po" (W-G)/"Li Bo" (PY) was the accepted reading of his name ... sort of like how you once mentioned that in a poem or story, certain characters were pronounced (in Cantonese) differently from "usual".
Sep. 10th, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
His name is 李白, it's Li Bai and anything else wrong. It's Lay Bak in Cantonese.

Many people make the mistake of writing his name as 李伯 for unknown reasons which would make it "Li Bo", but they're wrong. =)

Francis Wade and Herbert Giles are, as far as I've seen, insane.
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Sep. 12th, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)
I have always love different nice pens but have never been able to buy the really nice ones. I just never got to a point where I felt it necessary, and I am a bit of a cheep skate when it comes to luxury items. I do own one nice fountain pen, but don't use it much as it has a wide tip and I like to write small. The Mont Blancs are gorgeous.
Sep. 12th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
it has a wide tip and I like to write small

Same here. There's a pen store near work and I was thinking of getting a decent inexpensive, wide fountain pen to use for itty-bitty calligraphy =D
(no subject) - raisinberry - Sep. 12th, 2005 11:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 21st, 2005 06:38 am (UTC)
Just saw a post linking to
Twenty-Six Old Characters, The (1947)
: Development of writing and writing tools throughout history: a mini-history of the alphabet and the modern fountain pen, told seamlessly

by newly-friended lj person </a></b></a>hernewshoes, who seems to be a major pen nut -

Thought of you -
Sep. 21st, 2005 07:15 am (UTC)
Oooo, thanks! I'll go check it out =)
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