Month: January 2019
Quote of the Day: Eoin Colfer
Quote of the Day: Dean Koontz
Pen Review: Wing Sung 3009 Mint Green Fine Nib
Wow! I purchased this pen cause I had heard a lot of folks talking about how good a pen and the ink capacity of this bad boy. This is another Wish pen purchase, a single mint green fine nib piston filler fountain pen. The pen itself was priced at $2 plus another $2 for shipping. So $4 bucks for a nice hefty plastic pen that looks awesome.
The suction to pull the ink up is strong and holds quite a bit of ink. I was leery about the horror stories of reviewers that accidentally twisted the piston while posting or taking the cap off and torrential ink spill.
Fingers crossed, I played with it all last night, capping it and posting it, writing and doodling with it. It maybe the piston on my pen is a lot stiffer than others or possibly because it is new. The piston makes a click sound when it is locked in place. I didn’t have any trouble with the cap moving or twisting as I wrote with it. My biggest problem is remembering it is a screw top pen, not a pull top like my others.
The nib on this pen writes better than any of my other pens. I thought they wrote really well until this pen. This nib just glides across the page. No feedback, no pressure, just a nice smooth flow of ink. It lays down a nice line that is a lot bolder than the other fine nib I have. So I am not sure if that is normal. It’s inked with De Artementus Aubergine since I couldn’t get my Monteverde California Teal bottle open. I got it open and filled then took the picture. I had to see my fave ink in this pen. I love the way the clear feed looks with the green ink.
The pen writes well on my journal paper and the Staples Arc notebook. I took it to work today and used it on regular copy paper. One plus is it didn’t bleed through any of the papers I tried it on. It writes better on better quality paper. Although I am pretty sure this is most to all fountain pens. I did figure out if I put a piece of card stock under the page I was writing on it wrote better.
If you are willing to risk losing your heart to a fountain pen this is one to try. I just ordered a second one, with a possible third. If I can get my mom to try it out. She hasn’t cared for the grip section of the other pens I have. This one I think she will like, I hope. Fingers crossed.
Cheers on this dark chilly evening, james
Writing Notebook Entry
“Your cheerful outlook is one of your assets.”
“A light heart carries you through all the hard times.”
-Research the Persephone mythos
6 months below Fall and Winter, 6 months above Spring and Summer
-Feelings for her husband?
-Decent to underworld coincide with Fall Equinox?
-Accession to the World coincide with Spring Equinox?
-Could also be based on the Solstice timeline
Recent read: Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian
The premise uses the Persephone mythos in an unusual way. She willingly becomes his champion vs his bride. Three book series.
“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.” -Ray Bradbury
“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.” – Walter Cronkite
The above is a page in my notebook that I talked about last week. I keep all sorts of info in there. Fortune cookie fortunes, descriptions of places (an Axe throwing “bar”), descriptions of events or things that catch my interest. I wrote about the local polling place during the past election. Things I have seen on the internet, an article about Harold Holt, the 17th Prime Minister of Australia, that vanished while swimming with friends. And lots of quotes, as if you haven’t noticed I love collecting quotes.
The point is my notebook won’t look like anybody else’s notebook. And that is the awesome thing, it is wholly a creation of your making. If you have a spare moment Google the writing notebooks or commonplace books of writers and everyday folks. Some are so intricate and some are simple. Library of Congress has scanned lots of documents, check out letters of Thomas Jefferson and others. These are clues to our past. However they can serve as inspiration for us today and for the future.
I am hopefully giving you some food for thought. Cheers, james
Quote of the Day
Cold Weather Writing
The day started off in the high 60s. Then the sun started going down and the tempature fell with it. Tonight it will be in the teens. Throw in the 25 mph wind gusts and the wind chill will be in single digits. Eastern North Carolina doesn’t usually get weather like this. However I guess Mama Nature decided we needed to chill out. (I know. I couldn’t resist.)
At least I have spent most of today writing and editing. I was working and reworking Museum Fright. I still haven’t gotten it there yet. Although since I don’t usually write creepy spooky stuff I am out of my comfort zone. I think I’m learning.
So if you are in the grips of cold weather. Be safe and stay warm. Cheers, james
Quote of the Day: Eoin Colfer
And I would advise keep a writing notebook to safekeep ideas and interesting tidbits. I write down lots of stuff. Fortune cookie fortunes, news items, things I saw or dreamed up, writing practice, etc.
Pen Review: Jinhao 559
New pen, new year. Okay maybe not exactly, I got it the last week or so of December. I like this pen. It writes well, even in a fine nib. Unlike the Jinhao 992, the 559 is long enough so I don’t pop the cap off when I post it. The price was incredibly cheap, I purchased it from Wish.
I currently have it inked with Diamine Aqua Blue. I haven’t had any problems with it hard starting or being finicky. I haven’t had to change out the ink and clean the yet. Other than its intial clean before inking it. I have left it along for several days and it starts writing as soon as the nib touches paper.
The paper I have been using is my journal that has fountain pen friendly paper. And the Staple Arc dis bound notebook. Both are thicker papers and have handled both extra fine and medium nib fountain pens well. I have not tried it on regular copy paper as this is a home pen and not a everyday carry pen. I am still leery of toting plastic pens around and having a catastrophic failure of the inky kind.
There is one issue that I really hadn’t noticed about the 559. It is a Lamy Vista copy. Some folks dislike using clones or copies. However when I ordered it I didn’t know anything about the Vista. It was only after watching and old Goulet Pen review of Noodler’s Black ink that I saw a Vista. So I leave you to your own decision. If you don’t mind a copy the 559 is a great writer for a small price.
Quote of the Day
This was too cute. It is the slightly adjusted Dune matra for the fear trial. I watched the movie. I haven’t read the books. Don’t be mad.