There's been a lot of great stuff out there lately, and it's always a real challenge to limit these links to a handful--kind of like it's hard to limit your pen collection.
- Contentment. Both Ray from FPQuest and Dr. Deans from Fountain Pen Economics wrote about limiting the acquisitions of new pens. Dr. Deans takes a "one-in/one-out" approach, and caps his pen collection at 10. Ray wrote about contentment, and while he may not have a hard cap on his collection, he's happy with what he has now and the bar for adding anything else is high.
- PensPaperPencils writes about the best pencils for drawing. I love to draw, I'm just not very good at it. Ian takes you through the major brands of drawing pencils, doing a nice comparison and providing his opinion on whether the various brands are good values, etc.
- The Well-Appointed Desk reconsiders the Moleskine notebook. They really do get a bad rap (for reasons both deserved and undeserved), but at the end of the day, they are just a notebook, and for certain types of writing (not involving fountain pens), they are more than serviceable. I'm neither a Moleskine fan nor a hater, and I will cop to having a secret stash of the Hobbit-themed editions.
- Dudek Modern Goods has some great new stuff added to the lineup. The desktop succulent planters look like just the thing to add a little greenery to your desktop, now that winter has (finally) settled in.
- The Thinking Man has a piece on the benefits of journalling (via The Cramped). With my new Hobonichi, I've been making a push to reintroduce journalling into my life.
Other Notes from This Week:
In case you missed it, this week on the blog I took a look at Monteverde capless gel refills that fit ballpoint pens from various manufacturers. I also gave you the list of my Five Best Fountain Pen Inks for Everyday Writing. On a somewhat different note, I've really been enjoying a Christmas gift I received this year from my family, an Amazon Echo. Not to weigh in too heavily on the what's-the-best-music-streaming-service wars being waged on the internet right now, but I've been happy with Prime Music's curated playlists, especially when it comes to finding relaxing background music to listen to while writing, journaling, reading, etc. I'm still putting the Echo through its paces, but it's a surprisingly well-made device that does a few useful things really well, and there's a lot of potential as Amazon expands its functionality. I was skeptical at first, but I'm coming around.
As always, thanks for reading!
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