Monday, July 13, 2009

The Urge to Write with Fountain Pens

I actually wrote a letter today!! I mean 'wrote,' as in 'writing with a pen/pencil'...not typed on the computer...!! This was a letter of thanks to someone who had given me a couple of pieces of something which is part of his heritage and which he hands out very carefully...and this also gave me a chance to test the flow of a recently acquired fountain pen...and also to see how Pelikan brown ink, an ink colour I hadn't used till now, looked when curled into letters on a white sheet of paper... and it was all these three... and I was completely satisfied with the flow of the ink in the new fountain pen...the Pelikan brown ink looked good on white paper...and the letter came out very well...though I was exra profuse with the thanks...I think I can safely blame that on the urge to write some more and some more...what with the ink looking good and flowing well in the pen...

Though I collect fountain pens and use them, I don't get the chance to use them as much as I would like to...so, I create situations where I can use them...I keep a small notebook in my pocket and I write down a lot of things in that with my fountain pen...sometimes I feel I need to write and I don't know what to write, because most of my professional and personal 'writing' is done on the computer...including this post on this blog...and I feel I am cheating the fountain pen fellowship by hoarding pens and not using them...that too expensive ones...

I have made a mid-year resolution...that I will write at least one letter every week to someone I know...far or near or even in Hyderabad...those of you who want a letter from me may please enter your addresses in the comments section and you can also specify the pen and ink! and if I have that pen and ink...I will write a letter to you...sounds terribly stupid?

1 comment:

harry marshall said...

I don't think it sounds stupid at all. I lent a close friend a, Parker Sonnet fountain pen. A couple days latter he said he hadn't used it because he hadn't anyone to write to. I gave him an empty book, and suggested he write what he'd done or seen during the day. It gave him a chance to write something if anything, a sort of diary, will be curious to see if he follows up.