Writing by Hand

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4.5, 1/80 sec, ISO3200
“Green” Cedar Park, 2021

Today’s snapshot if of my Pilot Kakuno and Iroshizuku Chiku-rin ink. I am really enjoying this combination!

For 2021 (and for the previous month) I’ve been writing and doodling in my Traveler’s Notebook. It’s a fun experience, and very different for digital note-taking and drawing for me. I think digital has many advantages over analog, but writing by hand is kind of… heartwarming? Good for the soul? A connection to reality? I can’t explain so well, but I think it adds something positive to my daily life and rounds out my well-being.

Fountain Pens In Use

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5, 1/2 sec, ISO200
“Smiling Pen” Cedar Park, 2020

Part of my work-from-home routine includes writing notes using my fountain pens, but I have pretty much narrowed down my in-use pen line up to three: Pilot Metropolitan (M) filled with Pilot Namiki Blue/Black ink, LAMY Safari (B) filled with Iroshizuku Ama-iro, and Pilot Kakuno (M) filled with Iroshizuku Chiku-rin. The black, blue, and green combination looks nice on the pages, and my notes are actually kind of fun to look back on! I tend to prefer thicker lines, so I retired my Pilot Metropolitan (F) and replaced it with the Kakuno medium-nib as my green ink pen. I really like the Kakuno because it’s all about fun – even the smiling face on the nib gives off a happy vibe! You can see it in the photo above. That’s my home notebook, and a short list of ukulele songs that I practice.

I hope you had a good day!

Fountain Pen Day

"Pens" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/80 sec, ISO3200
“Pens” Cedar Park, 2018

Today is National Fountain Pen Day! I haven’t bought any new pens lately, but I did create a Google Keep note to keep track my pens and the inks I use in them. Makes it a lot easier to organize. 😄

I hope you had a nice day!


More Pens

"Shark Pair" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec, ISO1600
“Shark Pair” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

So, I bought a couple more fountain pens – the Jinhao 993 Shark in green and blue! Aren’t they cool? I’m going to use them at work, with Iroshizuku Ama-iro and Chiku-rin inks. I love them! What is nice about these pens is that not only are they dirt cheap, but they come with converters which makes refilling with ink super easy.

Highly recommended as a fun, beginner fountain pen. Enjoy!

"Nibs" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/80 sec, ISO1600
“Nibs” Cedar Park, 2018


Simple Explanations

"Dogijuku" Austin, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO1000
“Dogijuku” Austin, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

The other day my fountain pen wasn’t writing well. I thought the nib must be messed up because the ink wasn’t being applied to the paper as smoothly as before. The lines were broken and uneven. Could something be plugging up the slit that the ink flows down? Maybe the tines got skewed a bit. Is there a bit of dried ink somewhere in the nib? I treat my pens gently, so I was kind of angry that the pen company could manufacture something that only writes nicely for about a month, and then breaks from normal use!! Garbage! 😤

Then I realized… the pen was out of ink. 🤭


Today’s photo is of a “Dogijuku” hot dog that I had for lunch at work. It’s the Japanese-style hot dog that I was reluctant to get because I love authentic Japanese food, and often the fusion type foods are not so great. But I have to say, this hot dog was yummy! It had nori, ginger, and wasabi mayo on top of the bacon-wrapped hot dog. So yummy!

I hope you had a nice day!