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What I’m currently using: the Paperblanks Blue Filigree journal, Winnable Executive Journal, the Seven Seas Writer, and the Franklin Christoph Notebook, which I started during my recent trip to Phoenix.

Total pages written since this post (Nov 4): 30

Total pages to date since project inception (Dec 11/13): 1372

Total pages written in 2015: 532

My Jinhao 159 goes everywhere with me. I will announce the pen for December on November 25.

Purchases: I bought a few things in Phoenix but can’t decide what to review on Sunday. Check back and see!

Some points covered this week in my journals:

  • I have not been successful at NaNoWriMo this year. I know the month isn’t over but I doubt I will be able to produce anything of significance this year. But I am ok with that. Before I left for Phoenix three friends and I attended three NaNoWriMo workshops at our local library, hosted by the Calgary chapter of NaNoWriMo: Wonderful Worlds, Electric Edits, and NaNoWriMo Q&A. They were very enthusiastic individuals and I learned alot. It was great to be in the company of so many writers. If you get a chance to attend a NaNoWriMo event in your area I strongly encourage you to do so.
  • For me the pen(s) and notebook(s) I take with me while traveling are far more important than the clothes and shoes. So I take a lot of time, even when I’m only gone for six days, to choose the gear that is the right combination of writing instrument and paper. I wrote out my packing list using my Delta and my Rembrandt, so they came with me, along with my Jinhao 159 and my Parker Urban in black. Four pens for six days – sounds about right! And I wanted to show my sister the Franklin Christoph notebook so that went into the backpack too. It was an absolute joy to sit at my sister’s kitchen table and reflect on the days. We had a fantastic time in Phoenix, eating, sleeping, reading and pen shopping! Big thanks to my big sis for making it possible. Love you.
  • Speaking of clothes, they are really the last thing on my priority list. Seriously, I hate clothes shopping. I force myself once a year, usually. So it came as a surprise to me when I spotted a coat in this month’s Hello magazine and it inspired me. I tore out the page (it’s ok, I own the magazine) and immediately pasted the picture in my journal and wrote about it. If you’re interested it is the Houndstooth Cape from Zara.com. It doesn’t come in my size but I love it. I may have to go on the hunt for one.
  • Every day I fall a little bit more in love with my Delta. I am *slowly* learning how to NOT post the cap. It does not post as securely as I would like so I leave it off. And I would be very upset if I damaged the resin in any way. It feels so incredibly light without the cap but I’m getting used to it. I wrote alot with it when I was in Phoenix.

Until next post, happy writing!