Total pages written since last JWW post (Feb 18): 6
Total pages to date since project inception (Dec 11/13): 815
Total pages written in 2015: 75
My Amazon order arrived early, and I wrote about what was in it last Sunday. I recently made a trip to Reid’s so that’s on deck for this Sunday. Stay tuned!
Some points covered this week in my journals:
- Update on InCoWriMo: I’m beginning to have doubts that I will reach my goal of 28 letters sent. I’ve written 12 letters and received 4, in total. The 28th is fast approaching so I need to bust my butt this weekend. We’ll see how it goes.
- Our cat Halley finally seems to be on the right medication. It’s still early days with this new regimen but we are cautiously optimistic. We’ve been at the vet hospital for the last 3 weekends; fingers crossed that’s it for a while!
- We were offered an upgrade with Toyota; we returned our 2011 RAV4 and drove away in a 2015 RAV4 for the same monthly payment. Gotta love Toyota!
Until next week, happy writing!
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. – Haruki Murakami
In honour of InCoWriMo, this is a beautiful story of a loving, illustrated correspondence between a man and wife, separated during wartime. I especially love the envelope featuring a fountain pen and ink bottle. What a wonderful keepsake of their love and understanding of each other.
Miss Vickybee made a beautiful Youtube video on why journaling makes her happy. She makes a very good case as to why no one’s life is boring and every one’s life is worthy of pen and ink.
Ok this has absolutely nothing to do with writing or journaling or fountain pens or really anything that I usually talk about here. But it’s just so darn cute I had to share. Guaranteed it will make you want to go to Costa Rica. Enjoy!
I’ve often admired other people’s handwriting. I’ve tried to make my own legible, and some have commented that they like it. But I’ve always thought it could be better. And I envy those who are able to add flourishes and loops that make their handwriting look SO COOL. To that end I recently ordered Mott Media’s Spencerian System of Practical Penmanship from Amazon. And they arrived on Friday.
The original edition of this system was published in 1874. In 1985 Mott Media reissued the original from their fragile state. The book is intended for children learning how to write, of course, but also for adults who want to improve their handwriting. I’m sure this is the system I learned in elementary school although I don’t think we used this book in particular.
The original text has been unchanged except where needed (changing the spelling of hight to height) and is quite serious about posture and sitting in a desk properly, as well as using your inkstand correctly. I’m really excited to start practicing my letters.
These 5 numbered books are the copy books, where the letters and numbers are practiced. Each book focuses on a different area: book 1 introduces the short letters, book 2 adds some of the tall letters (like t and d) and the numbers 1 to 9, book 3 completes the lower case alphabet and introduces most of the capitals, book 4 completes the capitals, and book 5 presents sentences and sayings for writing practice.
Truth be told I fell in love with the covers of these copy books. Look at that detail! Just breathtaking.
Here’s a shot of the inside of one of the practice books. That’s a lot of practicing. But you would be an expert by the end of the book. Can’t wait to get started!
In addition to these books I ordered a set of 8 Pilot Frixion Ball Erasable Gel Roller pens, along with a set of 3 Erasable Highlighters.
I’m coming late to the party with these pens, as there have been a lot of reviews and talk about these pens/highlighters. They do the job as advertised and they are fun to use.
Here are the pens, in their various colours. Very smooth, nice writers. Bright colours.
And here is the same writing with a few letters erased. In some instances you can still see the ghost of the letters but I think that was more a problem of me not applying the eraser long enough, rather than a failure of the ink to erase.
I really like these pens, especially for use in my planner, where space is limited and I like to be neat and tidy. My only complaint is that the eraser tip is covered by the pen cap when I post the cap, which I like to do when I write. I have to undo the posting in order to erase. A small complaint but I did find it annoying.
I also ordered three erasable highlighters, in pink, yellow and orange.
I was less impressed with these. In the writing sample above I made the mistake of using erasable pen underneath the erasable highlighter, so everything went when I applied the eraser tip! And you can still see the ghost of the word and highlighting that was erased. In the 4th example I used one of my Slicci multipens and probably applied the highlighter too early; the words smudged. And the smudging is revealed in all its glory when the highlighter is erased. But this system is good if you are a die hard devotee of colour coding and a mistake is discovered. I wanted to try them but I doubt I will erase any highlight I apply. I suppose it is nice to have the option, again to keep things nice and tidy in my planner. I could always apply highlight to those items on my To Do List that are not yet done, and remove the highlight when they are completed.
So there you have it – my latest order from Amazon. The shipping date was originally listed as mid-March; so nice to get things early. If you have any experience with any of these items please let me know in the comments.
Total pages written since last JWW post (Feb 11): 9
Total pages to date since project inception (Dec 11/13): 809
Total pages written in 2015: 69
There is an Amazon order coming, with some blog related items in it! Estimated date of delivery is mid-March so stay tuned.
Some points covered this week:
- Update on InCoWriMo: 10 letters sent, 3 received so far. I’m a bit behind but no matter. I will reach 28 by the 28th.
- The adventure with our cat Halley continues. Back to the emergency vet, more tests, more accidents outside the litter box. 😦 We are awaiting test results with our fingers crossed.
- I met with a Diabetes Educator this week and she introduced me to a number of free courses on nutrition and health offered in the city. I’m excited to research a few.
Until next week, happy writing!
Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings. – Stephen King
Lovely post on La Vie Graphite about remembering to interrupt ourselves every once in awhile, to reconnect with things that make you happy and feed your creativity. Sometimes it’s impossible to find time to journal. But it’s so important we need to fit it in, even in a doctor’s office. Beautiful pictures as well. Glad to see him back on the web.
Leigh Reyes on My Life as a Verb explores Notebook Covers and the reasons we seem to want to cover what is already covered with more covering. Great photos.
I really love these Handmade Doily Valentines from Letter Writers Alliance. I doubt they would go through the mail but could be placed inside bigger envelopes. What a lovely surprise for your Valentine. Maybe next year!
In my post of April 7, 2014 I discussed my involvement with World Mail Panel Postal Surveys. I am still processing surveys for them and I’ve had to start a new journal. So I thought I would share some pages from the old journal and introduce you to the new one.
Both the old and new journals are Leuchtturm Jottbooks in purple. The first one was a lined jottbook, approximately 5.8″ (15 cm) x 3.5″ (9 cm), and lasted from March 2014 to the first week of Jan 2015. The second one is grid, approximately 8.25″ (20.75 cm) x 5.75″ (14.5 cm) in size. Because of the bigger size I’m thinking the second one will last a good long time.
One of the great things about this program is, obviously, receiving mail from all over the world. And of course said mail have stamps from their countries of origin. I really enjoy the variety of stamps I’ve received so far and I started putting them into the journal, once the suggested retaining time for each survey has expired.
Countries so far: USA, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, Japan, France, Hungary, China, Spain, Britain, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and, most recently, South Africa and New Zealand. I was delighted to see on the New Zealand postal stamp: From Middle Earth New Zealand. 🙂
In the new journal I’m putting the stamps at the back, with the intention of working my way backward. Eventually I will meet the recording pages and have to start a new notebook.
These are the recording pages. As each retaining time expires I cross out the entry, stick the stamp in my journal if it’s new, and throw the survey out. As each survey comes in, I record info on their website and then I record the number, id code, when it was received, how long I have to keep it, the transponder number, and the date of the postmark in my journal. Since I don’t keep the stamp with the entry I should probably start recording the country of origin as well. Most of the surveys come from the US.
So far I’ve never been contacted about a past survey. And I am not required to record the info in a notebook but sometimes when a bunch of suveys come in I like to have a paper record so I can keep track of those I have entered on the website and those I have not. And if a transponder goes missing (which hasn’t happened with mine as far as I know) I will have a record of when I sent it back to them.
This is where I keep the envelopes for returning the transponders, and on the left is a transponder awaiting a mate for its return trip.
I keep each survey in this expanding folder from Andrews and Blaine. I attached tabs for each month.
World Mail Panel pays me $15 a month to process their surveys. There are a variety of gift cards to choose from (I like Amazon), or you can choose to have a payment made to your PayPal account (I’ve done that too). You can also donate the money to Doctors Without Borders. It’s fun, easy and quick. You can read more about the program and register if you like at this link.
One final note: World Mail Panel sends me return envelopes with the postage already attached. I had not seen a $5 Canadian stamp before – isn’t it cool?? The owls are cute too but I LOVE the moose! 🙂