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The Only Thing Worse Than Not Getting What You Want Is…

Getting it.

My journal is doing what I need, and there are still 50-odd pages to fill. I’ve got the pens and pencils I need, and my life is full (very) and busy (very). This is a really bad combination for blogging.

In my last post I wrote about things calming down, and feeling like I’d be writing more.

It would seem that writing that more posts are coming is a pretty sure way to not just discourage the muse, but in fact to stand her up against the wall with a blindfold and cigarette.

Just to be sure, let’s try this: This is the last post I’m going to write. Ever.

I’m currently using a mix of pencil and ballpoint. The pen is a Caran d’Ache Ecridor with a broad refill that has the annoying habit of not always being easy to start. I’m stubborn, however, and can’t bring myself to throw away a perfectly good cartridge just because it’s not perfect. When it writes, it writes very well.

The pen was a gift from the fine folks at Muller Martini, back when I worked with them. It’s heavy, fancy, and very practical because it takes CdA and Parker style refills.

The Fisher Space Pen, in any of several variations is a more reliable pen that writes better, but I keep wanting to use the CdA. In fact I’ve begun to harbor the irrational gottahavits for the Ecridor Lignes Urbaines, in gold, no less.

The pencils are mostly the Blackwing copies, but I’m also very partial to Hi-Uni 4B, and am thinking of ordering the 3B or 2B just to see what they’re like. I’m also using the Kuru Toga with .5mm 3B Hi-Uni lead, but the auto rotate is mostly wasted on my cursive writing. I have a love-hate relationship with pencil. Too many choices. My writing looks so good, but the imprinting is terrible in the softer grades. Sharpening. The scratchy noise. The smell, which is awesome.

I’m still using the Leuchtturm 1917 Master Dots, and I still like a larger book. However, I’ve made a few life-changing discoveries lately.

1. The size is just big enough above standard that it’s a bad fit in some bags. Notably my Red Oxx gator, which has become my favorite bag for the camera, journal, binoculars, etc.

2. I’ve written many times that page numbers and a table of contents are must-have. They may be a must-have, but they haven’t been a must-use.

3. Dots still rock, but there’s so few books with them. I don’t know why they aren’t in higher demand.

Considering all of this, I think my next journal will be the large size QuoVadis I won a while back. It’s got blank pages, and only 80 of them or so, but it’s a nice size. After that, I think I might order a 300 page monster from BookFactory.com, with blank pages, in 8×10.

I spent a few months completely electronic. I really though I’d made the transition, until one day I tripped over a few dropped balls at work, and realized that I wasn’t really aware of everything I had going and hadn’t made any progress in my personal life in ages. Back to paper, and feeling more secure. And hauling more stuff. I don’t know why I feel the need to carry my project folder around, but I do.

So the bottom line of all this is that there just isn’t much to write about.

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