Happy Fountain Pen Day, Everyone! It has been absolutely ages since I last posted anything, but I have most definitely been using my fountain pens on a daily basis. So why have I been MIA? The main reason is that I have been swamped with work. If you don’t already know, I’m a wedding photographer and these past few months have been some of the busiest our industry has ever seen. With so many weddings getting postponed in 2020 due to COVID, there was a huge overlap this year once everything opened back up, with the majority occurring in September and October. Long story short, I have been overwhelmed with photographing weddings and editing photos, which means blogging (and really everything else) had to take a lower priority. But the end is in sight! I just photographed my next-to-last wedding and have my last of the year coming up next weekend, which means I’ll have much more time to spend here!
So since it is Fountain Pen Day, I figured I’d share a little bit of what I’ve been up to lately in the world of fountain pens. Unfortunately, the Colorado Pen Show that was scheduled for mid-October was canceled. Many of us were really looking forward to it, so Kirk with Penrealm set up a small, local pen meet that gave us all a chance to socialize, buy some pens and get some nibs ground. I got the nib on my Pelikan M800 modified by Kirk and couldn’t be happier with it. I also picked up a new pen from Bonecrusher Studios. In fact, it’s this pen! I just loved the subtlety of the “ghost” swirls in the ebonite. I’ll be sure to share some of my own photos soon.
Other than the mini pen show, I’ve been writing in my journals on a daily basis and keeping plenty of notes and lists. I’ve even found a bit of time for some doodling, but not as much as I’d like. I really miss playing with ink and water, but it just makes me look forward to this winter even more when I’ll have plenty of time on my hands.
So what’s coming up for the site? One of the main things on my list is to get back to regular paper reviews. I probably have around 20 different papers to test and review, so I can’t wait to dive in and see how they perform! I’m also working on a nib-tuning blog post that discusses the basics of nib maintenance. I have a few other ideas that I’m kicking around, but if you have any posts you’d like to see, please let me know below in the comments.
I hope you all have a happy Fountain Pen Day and get to spend some quality time with your pens, paper and ink.
Great site John. Lots of info. Can’t wait for nib tuning blog!
Thanks, Rich! Hope to have it ready soon!