I was, frankly, astounded at the reaction to my most recent post, titled Controversial Changes in the Pen Community, which provided my perspective on a topic that has generated a lot of discussion on pen blogs and social media. I appreciate everyone who's taken the time to comment and reach out to me, and unfortunately I was out all day yesterday and didn't have a chance to read through everything until very late last night/early this morning. I'll be chewing through a correspondence backlog over the next few days, so please be patient with me. I'm not sure I'll be able to respond to everyone, but I'll do my best!
For today's Sunday reading, I thought it might be helpful to provide some links to other articles, blog posts, and ongoing discussions on the same topic. Some of these have been linked to in the past on this blog, but in the interests of bringing them to the attention of new readers I'll throw them out there again.
Given time constraints, I'm not sure how deeply I'll be able to dive into discussions on forums or Facebook groups, but if anyone has any questions for me that they'd like to ask directly, please feel free to reach out through the website. The "Contact Me" link goes directly to my e-mail.
- The Pen Habit. Matt Armstrong's Day Four recap of the Los Angeles Pen Show, which I believe was the original post that sparked all this recent discussion. There are a lot of great thoughts in the comments to Matt's post as well.
- Reverenced Writing. Father Kyle Sanders provided his thoughts in what he called an "open letter to the Pen Addict community," which I found very well stated. This also provoked some well-needed discussion about avoiding polarization and stereotyping.
- Facebook. There is a pretty robust discussion going on in a couple Facebook groups that is interesting to read, with input from people who consider themselves "users", "collectors", or "both." Predictably for this community, there are a lot of strong opinions out there, and whether you agree with me or not, my intent was to provoke discussion, and I'm glad that's taking place. I believe the Facebook groups are associated with the Fountain Pen Board and FPN.
- Vacumania. David Isaacson (who sold me two of my vacs) posted a link to an article he wrote years ago on the user/collector "divide". This is a discussion that's been occurring in our little corner of the internet for a long time. I agree that it's likely a rare case to find a collector who is not a user, or a user of vintage pens who doesn't "collect" to some degree.
- Pen Addict. More LA Pen Show discussion on Episode 193 of the Podcast. There's also been some interesting discussion in the "Pen Show" Channel of the Pen Addict Slack Room. If you've not joined, I believe this where you can sign up.
Last Chance for the InCoWriMo Giveaway...
The Giveaway. In honor of InCoWriMo 2016, I'm giving away three prizes to three lucky winners: this Lamy Safari (Charcoal Black, Medium Nib), a handful of Bung Box Ink Samples, and a sample set of the complete Palomino Blackwing Pencil line, limited editions included!
The Rules. This month, the giveaway is going to be limited to those individuals who sign up for my newsletter OR write to me for InCoWriMo. Newsletter sign-ups will receive one giveaway entry, but letters will count as five giveaway entries. If you do both, you will receive six entries total. Write to: The Gentleman Stationer, P.O. Box 681294, Franklin, Tennessee 37068. In the past, I've received some awesome-looking letters--you all know how to use your pens and ink!--and I'll try to post any exceptional-looking correspondence on the site (with any identifying information removed, of course).
On March 1, I will select a a winner. If you already have signed up for my newsletter, you will automatically be entered into the giveaway, but if you're not, this is a good month to sign up. Until now, my newsletter has been a weekly collection of my posts and musings delivered to your inbox, but for the past six months or so I've been working on something a little different, and my goal is to deliver it at the end of February or in early March. Stay tuned!
In Case You Missed It…
In addition to my recent post on Changes in the Pen Community, on a less controversial note, I reviewed the TWSBI Vac Mini. Please check out this review, if you haven't already!
As always, thanks for reading.