InCoWriMo 2018

It’s that time of the year again: InCoWriMo starts tomorrow! If you’re looking for an excuse to sit down and play with paper, pens, or pencils, International Correspondence Writing Month is one of the best ways to do that. The premise is pretty simple: during the month of February, you write one letter each day. Last year was the first year that I participated, and it’s a fun challenge. I didn’t complete all 28 letters last year, but I had a great time with the ones…

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The Paper Series - Pilot Letter Pad

With InCoWriMo coming up, it seems like a good time to talk about a letter pad that I picked up recently. While I was in Texas, I stopped by the Kinokuniya in Carrollton, and I saw that they had the Pilot “Super Quality Paper for Fountain Pen” A4 letter pad in stock. I’ve been curious about this letter pad, but the price when buying it online has always given me some pause. However, I had some letters to send while I was in Texas, so I went ahead and…

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The Paper Series - Our Story Begins A4 Notebook

With as much paper as I’ve tried and touched, I can usually have an idea of how a notebook will perform almost as soon as I touch it. When you’re looking for a fountain pen friendly notebook, you’re usually looking for a tightly formulated paper, and the paper should feel smooth. If the texture feels loose or coarse, that usually leads to a more absorbent paper, which means feathering and bleed through. And even if it holds up to the feathering, you tend to lose any shading…

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My Journaling Setup

Recently, someone asked me if I kept a journal. When I answered that I actually keep multiple journals, they seemed a bit surprised and said that they just didn’t think they could build the habit to journal. So I thought it might be useful to write up a post on how I journal, perhaps to encourage others and show that while it’s tough to build the habit, it doesn’t have to be complicated. I started journaling a little over two years ago when my dad gave me…

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The Paper Series: Stifflexible Blue Camo

Whether you love them or hate them, Moleskine kind of helped kick off the “stationery revival” with their rise to popularity. In fact, there’s a great chapter about just that in The Revenge of Analog. And as with anything popular and easy to reproduce, once something takes off, the clones will start to pop up. The problem with any clone is that some of them are pretty good, and some of them just aren’t. The Stifflexible notebook that Pen Boutique gave me to check out has a bunch…

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The Paper Series: Inky Fingers Currently Inked Notebook

As I've mentioned before, I don't usually like purpose-built notebooks. Part of the fun of getting a new notebook is figuring out what I’m going to use it for. But sometimes you find a product that fits a specific niche just right and you have to give it a shot. The Inky Fingers Currently Inked notebook is exactly that. The Inky Fingers notebooks are made by Matt Armstrong of the Pen Habit, and his touch shows through in all of his notebooks. He’s been very transparent about the…

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The Paper Series: Uzumaki Letter Pads

In the United States, we tend to equate cheap price with poor quality. Doubly so when it comes to stationery. Big box stores like Staples and Office Depot are stuffed to the gills with bad paper, crumbly pencils, and gummy pens, all sold at cheap prices. So when I saw that the Uzumaki Letter Pads that my sister picked up for me in Japan sold for just 270JPY each, I didn't expect much. Two letter pads for less than $5? How good could it be? It turns out that the…

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The Paper Series: Midori Polar Bear Notebook

Like I mentioned in the last post, it can be hard to get a hold of good spiral ring notebooks, especially ones that have good paper. The Midori "Polar Bear" Spiral Ring Notebook is one of the exceptions to that rule, but a few things hold it back from being truly great. This is another one of those notebooks that my sister picked up for me from the Ito-ya in Haneda Airport, but unlike some of the other stuff that she brought me, this one was fairly easy to track…

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The Paper Series: Maruman Mnemosyne Notebooks

As a general rule, I tend to steer clear of notebooks that are built for specific purposes. Planners stress me out (it's all those confining little boxes) and "subject" notebooks make me break out in a cold sweat of remembering college classes and deadlines. So, by all accounts, I shouldn't have liked Maruman Mnemosyne notebooks as much as I do. But sometimes a product is so good it overshadows my dislikes, and that's what has happened here. Another one of my purchases from my trip out to Maido in San…

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The Paper Series: Life Margin A5 Notebook

We are being sold things based on catchy slogans all the time. "Half the pressure, twice the speed", "melts in your mouth, not in your hand", and all sorts of other things. So when I saw that the Life Margin Notebook promised me that "it is easy to write smoothly" right on the cover, I was immediately skeptical. In this case, though, it's no joke. The "L writing paper White" that fills the covers of the Margin notebook is some of the best paper that I've ever written on. The…

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