pens, notebooks, handwriting....
i don't really like moleskines. not sure why. not really getting on with them. is something
about the paper. does respond oddly to ink also not sure whether i like the format.
i'm using mostly A4 or A5 ones. i prefer A5 but i write a
lot in bed and i can write better in A4 notebooks in bed. and i am not
spending a crazy amount of cash on those. less than on a moleskine. i
sometimes tend to by bulk in foreign countries (meestal van de hema), because then the
notebook reminds me of something nice, of the other country or other
things associated with distance and the writing of distance. i prefer them with lines, but i found out that without lines inside them i can hold the writingline pretty straight, it's not going slant in all kinds of directions all over the place. was surprised by that discovery. anyhow i am a bit at losssfor notebooks at the moment. i would like to have some on whom i always can stock up, sort of the same thing... i like the muji ones, but for writing in bed i need some with a hardback.... difficult questions, those...
been thinking a lot of my handwriting of late. it's not very legible and it's at a stage that i feel i need to do something about it. i'm not saying it in order to brag. it already started this way in primary school. i assume at first most people's handwriting is tidy and then it deteriorates. mine never was tidy. it's also not super unlegible. one can make some sort of sense of it and people tell me it looks good, as in full of character or somesuch crap. i don't know. but what i do know is i can't read it myself, often, and there is an increasing amount of other people that need to be able to read it. so i am not sure what to do about it. whether to relearn all the letters anew. i really rather had a nice and tidy handwriting.
someone suggested it's so crap because i never write anymore by hand, but always use the computer. on the contrary. i write probably about 3 or 4 A4 pages by hand every day. and maybe that's why it's so crap, it evolved into some kind of abbreviation. also i wrote a lot to forgot, also i wrote often things i didn't want anyone to read for that meant trouble ( i still write in a different language, a language my surrounding cannot understand). and those may be psychological reasons why it's not so legible.
i've been real oldfashioned about my writing equipment, i like pencils (reading! underlining! yes and i actually use a ruler for underlining in books....) and fountainpens.
what i've actually been meaning to say: i have a new pen. big change. now it's not that i am into any kind of romanticization of the beautiful writing equipment. but at school i've been told that biros ruin the handwriting i'm having none of that ballpointpen nonsense said the teacher. that is that one bit of indoctrination that stuck. i never liked writing with those. so i've used pens since always. better, fountainpen. just like the feel of it, watching the ink dry and so on. ok a bit of romanticization is certainly there.
i've always been faithful to one brand (has a certain bird in the logo), it started with the kidspen and then later i switched to the lowest price class of adult fountain pens from that brand. those sort of oval black ones with bits of gold. and now i get a new one and it has a different colour than black. it has the colour like the way flowerville is written on top of this blog, sort of sand/grey colour. it is a good colour. i like it. but it is also pretty colourful for my standards. probably i'm not writing with it for a year until i got mentally used to it. those scary new things.
anyhow over the years i've tried this variety of nibs and i've always liked the ob (oblique broad) one best of which people say that it is a difficult nib, well it's all propaganda. i like b too. and m and bb if nothing else is there. but this oblique broad one really is my favourite. occasionally also used f when i was writing very small and wanted to hide my self away into precision.
when i was younger i wrote a lot in mossgreen ink, because i wanted to be different of course.
then for a longlong time good old black. since a few years brown or grey, also occasionally black. i found that i really started liking to write in grey as it's not so hard on the eyes.
and just yesterday when i was thinking about all this ink nerdularity i got my package with my new pen they have included, of all things, a little bottle of mossgreen ink. that was certainly nice.
when it's fun on the paper it's also fun in the head my old latin teacher used to say. i like that. i think it's true.