Olive Octopus handwritten text with sketch of octopus


Small pouch and notebook on a restaurant table.
Pen Meetup Toolkit

Join me for a "bag dump" of the pouch of accessories and tools that I bring when meeting up with pen friends.

A stack of Col-o-dex cards each showing a small sliver of color.
23 Memorable Inks in 2023

A look back at 23 inks used in 2023 that became favorites or otherwise made an impression.

A beautiful black cat with a sweet face looking straight at the camera with big green eyes.

Last month I had to say goodbye to my beloved 16 year-old cat, Boo. I reflect on her life and our time together, including her connection to my relatively recent interest in fountain pens and inks.

Lego instruction booklets for Hokusai - The Great Wave and PAC-MAN Lego kits
Relay FM for St. Jude

For the fifth year the Relay FM community is supporting the life-saving work of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Returning this year: Building Hope 2.0, my sub-campaign featuring Lego—now with more fountain pens & inks!

A small wooden tray with col-o-dex cards of ink swatches sorted by color.
120 Col-o-dex Cards

In mid-April I started on a project to re-swatch all my inks on Col-o-dex cards with little sketches inspired by the ink name, packaging, and/or color. Now four months in, I took a look back at the process so far.

Several Sailor Manyo square glass bottles spread out across a wood desktop.

Since I'm obsessed with fountain pen inks, I came up with my own list of questions.

A top-down view of a desk with a Franklin-Christoph TN-size notebook cover with inserts, a 3 pen holder visible in the front cover pocket, on top of a gray TUL discbound Jr notebook with clear disks, surrounded by fountain pen ink boxes and bottles, several dip pens with metal and glass nibs, a paint brush, water brush and ceramic watercolor palette.

Answering 5 More Pen Questions from The Gentleman Stationer.

Sailor Pro Gear Slim 'Nuts' pen with a medium gold nib and light gray green translucent body with transparent yellow accents with swatches of the green/brown/blue Sailor Manyo Shirakashi and bright yellow Sailor Manyo Yamabuki inks.

Answering the 21 Pen Questions posed by Ana at The Well-Appointed Desk.