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Amazing Snailmail!

So this took me a while to upload but here it is, an amazing RAK parcel I received from the amazing Raissa in Delaware, a few weeks back! I usually post snailmail related things in my other (mail) blog but thought this would be great here, since this is technically a writing material themed post. Haha.

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These Midori Travelers Notebook inserts are handmade. As of now, I’ve started using the one on the farthest right. As well as some of the vintage Belgian stamps.

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The fountain pen ink samples are great as well, so far I’ve only used the Ancient Copper sample in my 1997 Parker Frontier. I can’t wait to use the Stormy Grey one though, there are gold flecks in there folks!

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It’s is a Noodler’s Ahab flex pen, and so far I’ve started to get the hang of the nib. It does take up a lot of ink, and sometimes I end up with in stains on my fingers from all the tinkering. But I’ve finally gotten it to a good setting and it writes quite smoothly. (At the moment, I have Noodler’s Burgundy ink stains on my hands.) This also came with a separate nonflex nib.

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Lastly, there was also a Faber Castell LOOM, with an extra fine nib. Thus pen writes a very nice fine line. And it feels very durable!
Well, many thanks to Raissa for her kindness. This package made my day completely.
Well, have a good one folks!

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Journal Flip #2: Second Midori Traveler’s Notebook Refill

IMG_4190I realized that I never uploaded a video of this second notebook, but thanks to my wonderful reader Althea, I was reminded and so you can thank her for this guys! Just click the picture and enjoy! (PS: Sorry for the poor lighting in the video, I only had my phone to work with.)

Also, if you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a link to the first flip video I made:

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Have a great weekend everyone!

My Latest Fountain Pen: Jinhao X750

Hello All,

I know it’s been a while (a long while) since my last pen post. So, I thought I’d finally break that dry streak and upload a few pictures of my most resent acquisition: The Jinhao X750. I purchased the “Shimmering Sands” model from Amazon when it was on sale a few weeks ago, and so far, I am really shocked at how nice it is. However, just like every other pen, there are things I like, and things I don’t like about it. But first, take a look at some of the shots I took. (Sorry for the slight blue tinge, it was early morning when I got the chance to sit down and take these.) 
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From the various pictures I saw of it online, I originally thought it would be thinner, and lighter since I didn’t order the full metal model. However, moments after pulling it from its packaging, I almost dropped it because I was shocked by the weight. It’s a hefty pen, that’s for sure; so much so that I have to write with it uncapped in order to reduce wrist strain. However, this doesn’t change the fact that this is a really pretty pen, well made, and all for ten dollars, whaaat? It also lives up to its model name, because even though you can see the glitter in the black barrel, the lighting doesn’t do it justice. And being the crow-like individual that I am, I could stand under the sun staring at it for hours. The nib is also larger than I thought, and writes like a medium nib, with thicker lines. Though I prefer fine to extra-fine nibs, I’m not entirely unhappy with this one. For one, broader lines bring out the different shades in fountain pen inks quite nicely. The metal rings at both ends, and the elaborate engraving in the cap are all nice touches, as well as the pen clip. Yet, therein lies another issue, the pen clip is really tough, and so is useless in my case. In all, the pen is rather nice for its price range; a bit heavy for prolonged writing, though it has nice weight distribution and its large nib (writes like a medium, size isn’t specified, and no it’s not an 18K gold nib) brings out the shades in inks nicer than finer nibs.

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Also, as is my custom, I purchased a bottle of ink with the pen. This time, I got Noddler’s Burgundy, which, unlike the name suggests, is more of a magenta than a burgundy. At first, I was a bit annoyed at this, but after loading the pen with it and writing out a few words, I fell in love with the ink. Noodler’s inks come in great colors, are well priced, have little to no feathering, and the same goes with bleed-through. Below is a pen and ink sample. (Again, the morning light dulled the ink’s vibrancy. I have to come up with better shooting schedules.)

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Yup, I’m no good at long reviews (or reviews in general), so I’ll end this here. I do have another pen on the way, so look for another pen post in the near future. Have a good night!

Second Traveler’s Notebook Complete

Hello All,

Would you believe that while I worked on my August Compo Notebook, I also finished my second Midori notebook. Here’s a picture of it.

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I plan to make a flip video some time soon. Usually I do this on the weekend but I had work today, and tomorrow’s my birthday. Here’s hoping I have the video up Monday or Tuesday latest. Meanwhile, here’s a sneak peak.

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Well, have a great weekend everyone!

Minor Improvements

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Hello all. Just wanted to show you how I’ve finally started decorating my second Midori Traveler’s Notebook refill. A few days ago, I posted a video of the first completed one. All your positive feedback has given me the encouragement to personalize my notebook more. I originally went with simple layouts when journaling (except for those few crazy days) because I always worried that if I went crazy with the decorating, it would take away form my writing. And, frankly, I had this horrible misconception that “adults” didn’t put glitter in their notebooks. Now though, I’ve started to let loose and just decorate my notebooks however I like. Everything goes! (Granted, no glitter has been used thus far. It’s too messy, even for me.) Well, for all of you journalers out there, what do you use in your own notebooks? Also, if you have pictures please send me a link!

For those of you who never saw my first flip, here’s a link to the Youtube video. Well, hope you all have a wonderful day!

Possible Interpretations 2: All Swords

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Hello Everyone, 

I hope this Sunday is treating you well, and that everyone’s having fun somewhere out there in this big old globe. A while ago, I did a post on Tarot Card Interpretations, and how one can use these cards as a means of writing inspiration, and on the types of stories that can be created depending on the cards drawn. So far, I’ve received some great feedback, so here’s the second installment. This time, instead of using the Gilded Tarot Deck, I used one called the Lunatic Tarot, a Korean deck with amazing artwork. (Though, both decks are quite amazingly detailed in their own right.) 

One thing I noticed in these cards, is that they’re very untraditional. (And I don’t mean this because some of the cards are a bit risqué.) They don’t represent the color scheme used in some of the more traditional cards, for example, all three cards are from the Suit of Swords, representative of air. For visual association, some cards reflect the color of their element. Blue, or air, is the color of the mind. Logic, reason, forethought. It is the non-emotional side of us. Thus, the sword represent reason cutting through mental fog. (Like Virgil suddenly appearing to Pilgrim Dante in the Inferno, after his epic fail before the Mountain of Bliss. And yes, this reference was unavoidable, and more shall come!) 

A bit about the cards: 

Six of Swords: In this one we see a woman ferrying herself through a river or lake, face calm. This card represents transitions and, sometimes, physical journeys. Often, it means moving out of a chaotic atmosphere into a calmer one, like the tranquility after a storm. 

King of Swords: Individuals like him can be found in legal or disciplinary fields, such as law enforcement, law, and anything that requires an analytical nature. They can appear detached, emotionless even, but are wise and known to give great advice. They represent the side of us that is not ruled by emotion. 

Four of Swords: Pretend this card is the Energizer Bunny after the comercial ends, trying to catch a breath. This card represents a moment of reenergizing, a time to take a breather and just recharge emotionally and, or spiritually. 

And, for what you’ve been waiting for! 

4 Possible Interpretations: 

1. (Left to right) Almost to the End 

The character sits in her ferry (or train, boat, airplane), pensive. She thinks about the person she must meet, the man that might or might not give her closure. She’s a solitary Dorothy growing closer to OZ, and she knows that once she gets there she will finally rest. But, what does she think about on her way there? 

2. (Right to left) A Confused Awakening 

The character awakens to find a tall figure looming over him, and he asks this figure: “Where am I?” The figure, somber faced, tells him to get up. “You need to leave soon, the boat’s almost here.” The man looks about himself, at a wold of swirling fog, and darkness. Am I dead? Or, am I alive? Before him, river waves lap at the ground, and a ferry pulls ashore. “Who are you?” He asks the person inside. 

3. (Center out) Searching for Clues 

The weathered detective sits in near darkness, the only light coming from his old desk lamp, whose bulb threatens to burn out with every flicker. He looks down at the notebook on his lap, and frustratedly he presses down on the plunger of his pen, click click, click click, and for a time it is the only sound in the entire room. What to do now? He asks himself. Not realizing, he falls asleep and awakens in the middle of a river, on a wooden boat with a single lantern hanging from staff of the woman next to him. In her free hand, she holds out something out: the clue he’s been looking for. 

4. (Visual Association) Begin it with a Funeral 

Starting a story with a funeral might be a bit cliche, but what about it being your own? And not just your own funeral, but your fetus self. You are bing lowered into the strangest white earth, and with each passing second you realize that what you are seeing is you, never being born. But, if you were never born, then who are you? Who is the person reading this question? 

So as to not overload you with text, I will end this here. However, I’d like to hear from you guys. What do you think when you see these cards, and what kind of story bits can you come up with? Enjoy the weekend!