Writing without revising is the literary equivalent of waltzing gaily out of the house in your underwear. ― Patricia Fuller
The lovely Winnie at Winnie’s Inky Fingers wrote this post about her InCoWriMo experience this year. Imagine – 55 letters written in a month! Puts my measly 14 to shame. I was the lucky recipient of one of those 55. Yours is coming soon Winnie!
Alan Turing, whom Benedict Cumberbatch played in the hugely successful Imitation Game, apparently kept a journal and it’s going up for auction next month. I find it especially touching that his friend recorded his own thoughts on dreams in the pages of Turing’s math notes. Read this Guardian article to see if you can afford a bid!
Gosh I love this website. I really should contact them and submit some of my own pages. I loved reading Olga McLaren’s post about her Grandmother Journals. A long-time journaler, she maintains journals on each of her grandchildren, intending them to receive them on her death. A different point of view from the parent, the journals bring a unique, grandmotherly perspective to events in the children’s lives.
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Last Sunday I wrote about my vintage Waterman Junior that I bought from Goodwriters. I actually purchased a different pen from Goodwriters before the Waterman: a Guru from Fountain Pen Revolution. It was listed in Deb’s Bargain Corner and I couldn’t resist. You can also buy these pens direct from Fountain Pen Revolution. They are very inexpensive but you get a lot of pen for your buck.
Fountain Pen Revolution is an interesting company. An American family purchase the India-made pens and market them around the world. According to their About Us page, they want to “provide reasonably priced quality fountain pens made in India and to be a blessing to our community.” They invest a portion of their profits back into the very communities that make their product.
I enjoy the quote from Gandhi on their home page, to whom the website is dedicated:
Bad handwriting is a sign of imperfect education.
And here is my Guru pen.
The pen is 13.5 cm unposted, and 15 cm posted. It has a screw cap and is a piston filler, which is another new filling system for me.
It has a medium stainless steel nib.
The nibs are rather plain-looking. FPR is stamped under the curlicues.
One of the things that drew me to this pen was the ink window. With a piston filling system, you twist the end of the pen until you see the piston moving in the ink window. The piston will push out all the ink. You then place your pen into the ink bottle so that the nib is submerged. Then you twist the end of the pen the opposite way, to reverse the direction of the piston. And presto you have a filled pen. One of the FPGeeks turned me onto this great page at RichardsPens.com, which explains all of the different filling systems and how to operate them.
Through the ink window you can see how much ink is left in your pen, and also what color it is. I tried to capture the color of Waterman Serenity Blue but I was unsuccessful. However, you can see the color in the writing sample.
I really love this Serenity Blue ink from Waterman. It’s a beautiful color. The pen started up right away; I did not have to encourage it at all. No skipping or false starts. Just as Deb advertised, it is a good writer.
And here is a comparison with some other pens on my desk. From left to right: Waterman Junior, Monteverde Artista Crystal Demonstrator, FPR Guru, Pilot Metropolitan, Cadence and Lamy Al-Star. On a sad side note, when I was arranging these pens for the photo I noticed a scratch on the finish of my Lamy; you can just see it on the right-hand side of the barrel in the photo. I thought it was a speck of dust but it isn’t. I have no idea how that scratch happened but I have since moved the pen into a pen case all its own. I was very upset by that little scratch. Oh well hopefully in its own case there will be no more!
I have added both the Waterman and the Guru to my pen/ink journal. Many thanks to World Mail Panel for the accumulated monthly dividend which covered the cost of both of these pens. I think my little buying spree is over but I say that often, don’t I? As one of my co-workers said just the other day, “There will always be another pen.” 🙂
Total pages written since last JWW post (Mar 18): 27
Total pages to date since project inception (Dec 11/13): 880
Total pages written in 2015: 140
I have not purchased anything pen-, ink- or notebook-related this week.
I wrote about my Waterman Junior in this post.
And good news about my Fountain Pen Revolution (FPR) pen: it arrived today! And no huge customs bill! I will probably write about it this Sunday.
Some points covered this week in my journals:
Until next week, happy writing!
I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles. – Shannon Hale
A friend on the FPGeeks Forum introduced me to these “Ask the Editor” video segments on the Merriam-Webster site. What an effective way to help those affected with a word challenge!
How much fun will this be: The History of English podcast. Once again an intrepid FPGeek turned me on to this. This will keep me entertained for quite a while.
And just so you don’t think I ripped everything here from the FPGeek forum, here’s a very funny video from danisnotonfire about typos and living in the digital age. Enjoy!
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I stumbled across the Goodwriter’s site recently and purchased a Fountain Pen Revolution Guru pen, which is STILL in Customs in Vancouver, as I write this. About a week after I purchased the Guru I received enough points from World Mail Panel to redeem $100. So I purchased a Canadian Waterman Junior, also featured on the Goodwriter’s site, with a 14ct nib, made around 1934. I’ve been wanting a vintage pen for awhile, and I fell in love with this one on sight.
So I anxiously watched the mail for the next two weeks. The Royal Mail tracking system told me my packages were in Vancouver. Then this past Wednesday I received notice that I had a package in my company’s mail room. When I went down I found this waiting for me.
My heart stopped. Damaged?? Oh no. I thought the delay was a big Customs bill!
But all was not as it seemed. I opened the plastic bag and retrieved the package from Goodwriters. It looked perfect; it was a sturdy paper cylinder with strong tape on both ends. It certainly did not appear damaged.
I shook the cylinder and did not hear any loose parts rattling round. So I carefully opened one end and took out the double thickness bubble wrap that encased the pen. Inside the bubble wrap was the Waterman. In pristine condition. Cue the singing angels. No idea what Canada Post was going on about with their Apology bag.
Deb, the wonderful woman behind Goodwriter’s, sent this lovely note, along with instructions for filling the pen. It is a lever filler, which I have never used before. I followed the steps she outlined, about three times, and the pen started writing immediately. Cue those angels again!
Here she is in all her glory. I think it is in remarkably good condition for being around 80 years old! The body is smooth with no visible dents or nicks. The chrome is bright but not overly shiny, like a new pen would be. The lever lifts very smoothly and snaps back into place easily. It’s certainly a new experience, that lever filling system. It’s weird not being able to get into the “guts” of the pen. But it works and Deb told me it shouldn’t need servicing for at least 10 years. It’s impossible to tell how much ink is left but that’s ok.
I now understand what the fuss about gold nibs is all about. The nib is smooth and I am so impressed with the writing. It is a smaller pen (just under 12 mm capped; just under 15 mm posted) and very light. The nib seems delicate and I know I have to get used to it; I feel like I might snap it off at any moment. It looks like a prop from an Agatha Christie movie, which is part of my delight with it.
And here’s the reason it’s called a Canadian Waterman Junior.
The Waterman company had a factory in Montreal roughly between 1905 and 1954. The nib says Made in the USA and both the barrel and cap say Made in Canada. Being a patriotic sort this really appealed to me.
Here’s the Waterman next to some modern pens.
From left to right: Monteverde Paquito; Waterman Junior; Monteverde Artista Crystal; Pilot Metropolitan; Cadence; Lamy Al-Star.
So let’s get to a writing sample.
So that’s my Canadian Waterman Junior. My first vintage pen, first gold nib. It probably won’t be my last.
What I’m currently using: the Paperblanks Blue Filigree journal, Winnable Leather Journal, Winnable Executive Journal and the Believe In Yourself journal (this week has definitely been more Executive Journal than the others)
Total pages written since last JWW post (Mar 11): 14
Total pages to date since project inception (Dec 11/13): 853
Total pages written in 2015: 113
My Canadian Waterman Junior arrived today! The FPR Guru pen was shipped first but both pens have been held up in Vancouver Customs for over a week. I am in love with the Waterman and will post about it this weekend. Maybe the FPR will be here too!
Some points covered this week in my journals:
Until next week, happy writing!