I've come across some really interesting reading this past week. There are lots of editorial-type pieces, which I like to see because sometimes we all get a little tired of pure product reviews:
- C.W. Pencils. A Beginner's Guide to Pencil Shopping. A nice primer discussing pencils for different uses, different grades of graphite, etc.
- Anderson Pens. Now that pen show season has begun, Anderson Pens has published this list of pen show tips, building on their earlier pen show primer post on getting your feet wet.
- Pen Economics. Dr. Deans publishes his response to Montblanc's efforts to censor discussion on FPN, and reveals what all the fuss was about in the first place (i.e., new products!).
- Penucopia. Thomas wrote a piece titled "Geeks are Geeks," offering his thoughts on the reasons why we are into the things we are into, such as pens, mechanical keyboards, etc.
- Peaceable Writer. The author takes a look at the Platinum Mix Free Inks and the ink mixing kit, a cool idea that seems to have fallen by the wayside. You don't see may reviews of these inks.
Something New: Introducing The Digital Divide
As I hinted at earlier in the month, those of you who subscribe to my newsletter already have seen something a little different in your inbox. For a while now, I've been toying with the idea of branching out and creating a separate website 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. Given that I'm already pretty overloaded, I decided to start off with a monthly special edition of the existing TGS newsletter, which I may make more frequent and/or change up depending on interest and reaction. For those of you who haven't yet subscribed to my e-mail list, I will post a link here to the most recent edition.
Thanks to everyone who participated in this month's InCoWriMo giveaway! I received a ton of entries, both handwritten and in the form of newsletter sign-ups. Here are the winners:
- Charcoal Black Lamy Safari: R. Meade
- Bung Box Ink Samples: J. van der Wyk
- Blackwing Pencil Sampler: J. Mooney
I have a mailing address or e-mail address for each winner, so I will be reaching out in the next week to get everyone their prizes.
In Case You Missed It…
This week on the blog I reviewed a new favorite pen of mine that I've been using as a daily writer, the Pilot Custom Heritage 92. I also posted a collection of links to some of my favorite sites for ideas to improve the digital-analog balance in your life.
As always, thanks for reading!