It's good to be back, but being gone for a long weekend really does put you behind the proverbial eight-ball everywhere else. Therefore, these links are just a bit late. But enjoy - this is more or less an epic DC Recap list! Last weekend was a truly great experience, and it shows in pretty much everyone's reflections. I apologize if I've miss anyone! Please let me know and I'll update!
- Inkdependence DC Pen Show 2016 Mega-Post!
- Reverenced Writing (Father Kyle Sanders)
- The Pen Addict Podcast, Episode 217: Complete Systems Failure
- The Well-Appointed Desk
- Gorgeous.Ink (and I echo Paul that DC really was a cure for blogger burnout!)
- Fountain Pen Quest
- Sparetime Today (another blog that you should be adding to your feed!)
- And, of course, my own recap from Friday/Saturday, and then my Sunday Recap and Overall Reflections, in case you've missed these.
Thank You To My Sponsors This Week!
Please take a moment to visit my sponsors, who help keep this blog going!
- Pen Chalet. Pen Chalet has a wide variety of available pens and offers unbeatable value on pens, inks, pen cases, etc. They are currently running a "Back-to-School" Sale through tomorrow, where you can save an additional 10% with the coupon code SCHOOL10.
- Anderson Pens. In addition to having the largest offering of bottled ink in the world, Anderson Pens is an authorized retailer of Sailor's Bespoke line (one of only three worldwide).
- Tom Barrington Leather Goods. A big thank you to Tom Barrington Leather Goods, which offers a wide array of pen holders, glasses cases, iPhone and iPad sleeves, watch straps, and other quality leather products.
- Dudek Modern Goods. If you haven't already, you should head on over to Dudek Modern Goods and check out Mike's handmade wooden pen holders and pen rests.
- Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community for creative skills, featuring classes on, among other things, calligraphy, hand lettering, creative writing, photography, blogging, and many more subjects that might be of interest to readers of this blog. By signing up through this link (or through the advertisement on the sidebar), you can get 3 months of Skillshare premium for $0.99.
Deals and Drops
- Kobe-Nagasawa Sailor Ink from Vanness Pens! Vanness bought up whatever Kobe-Nagasawa had left at the end of the D.C. Pen Show, and has it available for sale on their site. It's going fast, so if you want to grab some of these great colors, made by Sailor, act fast.
- Bexley Prometheus Fountain Pen (via Massdrop)
- Two-Pack of Diamine Shimmertastic Inks (via Massdrop)
- J. Herbin Refillable Rollerballs (via Massdrop). Use fountain pen ink cartridges with a rollerball pen. These actually work decently.
- Rotring 800 Mechanical Pencil (via Amazon). The one with the retractable pipe. A better deal than the current Massdrop offer. Prime Shipping is included.
- Lamy Pico Ballpoint. You can get a similar deal to the one Massdrop is currently offering by purchasing through Amazon, with Prime Shipping.
- Lamy 2000 (via Amazon). The lowest current price is on the broad nib, which is a wide nib great for customization.
- Midori Traveler's Notebook in the new Camel Color (via Amazon).
- Nanami Paper Seven Seas (via Amazon). Of course everyone bought out most of their stock, but at the DC Pen Show I got to try out the blank version (the "Standard") and it's both really nice and still available.
- Das 4C Keyboard (via Massdrop). If you're looking for your first mechanical keyboard, many people recommend Das, especially to get your feet wet. Full-size keyboard is here (via Amazon), if that's more your thing.
Digital Divide No. 6: Burnout Edition
"Digital Divide" is my monthly newsletter devoted to discussing the divide between the "digital" and "analog" parts of our lives, the benefits of making time for analog tools and workflows, and why people draw the line where they do. Issue 6 of Digital Divide discusses the concept of burnout, which has really made the rounds on podcasts and blogs recently. Spoiler: I don't really make an effort to "resolve" the issue of burnout, because I don't think it's possible given the direction in which our economy/society is headed. If you're not a subscriber to Digital Divide, and would like to join up, use the link on the sidebar.
In Case You Missed It …
It's been a bit of a weird week since I've been catching up on just about everything other than blogging, but I did manage to get a few things done (in addition to my DC Recaps). While I was at DC, I published my "Back-to-School/Back-to-Work" recommendations for various stationery, and yesterday I took a look at a recent Kickstarter project, the Sostanza Leadholder/Clutch Pencil.
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