Over the next 90 days (or maybe longer) I’m going to work on improving my right-handedness.
I know that it’s not much of a secret, but for those of you who do not know, I am left handed. While there’s nothing wrong with it, it does make some things a little more difficult compared to being right handed:
- Smeared pencil and ink on the side of my left hand from being dragged through fresh writing/drawings
- Smearing my writing/drawings as I dragged my hand across them
- Difficulty writing in side-bound notebooks (which is a much bigger deal when you went to school during the Trapper-Keeper fad.)
- Poor handwriting from how I have to hold my pen/pencil should I try and avoid smearing (I’m an overwriter)
- Writing in a seemingly perpetual state of italics if I don’t turn the paper to compensate
- Either not having left handed desks at all in school, or else finding one in the back shadows of the room
- Not being able to take full advantage of flex nib fountain pens because of how I hold the pens
Since I’ve grown up left handed, none of that stuff really bothers me, however it’s that last one which made me want to begin this challenge to myself.
I’m setting a goal for myself of 90 days (though I’ll keep working at it as long as it takes) to be able to match or surpass my left handed writing abilities with my right hand. I don’t ever think I’ll become right hand dominant (though I do do pretty much everything else (shooting, throwing, drinking, pouring tea, bowling, darts) with my right hand, so it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch,) but I would at least like to have the option/ability to write with my right hand. I also want to be able to do calligraphy, use flex nibs, and use wet inks or pens without the worry of smearing or needing special instruction.
Here’s my results after day 1 – I used this first day to just create a baseline for how my handedness compares.
My ideal result would be to have the ability to write Spencerian or Copperplate script, though I don’t anticipate much skill or fluency in those areas after 90 days.
I’m not following any set of instructions on how to do this, but instead I’m just sitting down everyday and practicing for a little while. After I practice, I’ll be posting a photo to my Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr accounts of that day’s results. So if you’re interested in following along or joining in as I take this challenge on, make sure to follow on those accounts for the updates.
If you have any experience doing this, suggestions on things to do, or just a general comment or question, feel free leave a comment below, shoot me an email, or reach out via any of the social media sites that I’m on.
Week 1 Review: Click on each image to view it larger.
This week I worked on getting the basics down and just taking things slow so that I can get used to the motions required for the different words. I’ve realized that I can write with my right hand pretty well so long as I accept that I’ll only be able to write about 3 words per minute. As the challenge continues, I think that I’m going to start using one or two standard phrases in order to have an actual reference for my progress each day. (It’s kind of hard to see improvement when the letters/words/phrases change everyday.)
Some of you may have noticed that the Field Notes Red Blooded edition is not longer available. That’s because that edition was recently retired and replaced with the Pitch Black edition. For those that enjoyed the Summer 2013 Night Sky Limited Edition, you’ll really going to like this regular edition. It’s very similar to the Night Sky editions except for a few key difference, which I’ll detail below.
To start off, let’s go over the usual characteristics. It’s 3.5″ x 5.5″, comes in a 3-pack, each memobook has 48 pages, and is side-staplebound. The pages are 50#T and have a dot-graph pattern. The cover is totally black except for the gray logo and text. Even the staples are black!
On first glance, you’ll notice that it’s really similar to the Night Sky edition, except that there’s no holographic foil pattern on the back, the interior of the Night Sky edition had a reticle-graph pattern (as opposed to dot-graph in the Pitch Black edition,) and there just the usual story and practical applications list on the back interior-cover of the Pitch Black edition instead of the information about the summer night sky as in the Night Sky edition. Comparing the two editions side-by-side, you won’t be able to tell them apart when looking at the front, but once you check out the interior and the back, you’ll notice the differences.
The paper is the same as with many other editions, and is not fountain pen friendly; however it still performs very well with regular pens and pencils. I don’t think that there’s ever been a Field Notes that’s advertised as being fountain pen friendly, and while I’d love an edition that is, I’m not really surprised or disappointed that the editions aren’t fountain pen friendly.
Check out the video below for some more information:
So as I said in the view, these are not limited edition and will be around for a while, so grab a pack to try out and if you enjoy them, you can rest assured knowing that there’ll be more packs waiting for you; however if you do have any additional comments or questions, feel free to contact me any time via the comments below, shooting me an email, or reaching out to me via any of the social media networks that I’m on and I’ll be happy to help you out.
The holiday season is an amazing time of year. Celebrating and sharing with family and friends is always fun and something to take advantage of whenever you get the opportunity. I hope that everyone has been having an awesome time and that 2014 is the best year yet!
In keeping with the tradition of celebrating with family, I’ll be taking a break to visit some family over the next few days. Because of that, I won’t be able to ship packages while I’m gone. Previously when I would go out of town, I’d close down the store totally and not accept orders while I’m away; but this trip is brief, and completely closing down my store causes some search engine issues, so I’ll be keeping my store open and still accept orders while I’m away. There will be a note across the top of the home page and on the cart page of the store reminding everyone of the shipping delays.
All orders placed from Noon on Thursday, December 26th through January 1st will ship out on January 2nd. All orders received before noon on December 26th will still ship out before I leave.
Also, just a quick reminder that we’re still running our Holiday Shipping promotion with free USPS Priority shipping on all U.S. orders of $50+. This promotion will go through December 31st.
I will still be totally accessible via phone, email, and my usual social media outlets while I’m away, so if you have any questions, feel free to contact me any time!
To help celebrate reaching 400 Twitter followers, the end of 2013, and the beginning of 2014, we’re giving away three awesome prizes to three awesome winners!
I’ll keep this short and sweet: we’re giving away a 2014 Word. Notebooks Standard Memorandum, a 2014 18-Month Field Notes Work Station Calendar, and a Limited Edition Field Notes Standard Issue DDC Factory Floor Memobook #531/1500 – only 1500 of these little beasts were made and they sold out within one day.
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A couple of weeks ago, Field Notes released their Winter 2013 limited edition offering: the Cold Horizon edition. It’s probably one of their more unique editions to date as it contains many characteristics not previously seen in other editions.
Just to start off with the similarities between this and other editions, it’s 3.5″ x 5.5″ in size, is side staplebound with three regular staples, has 3/8″ rounded corners, comes in a pack of three, with 48 pages in each book. That’s pretty much where the similarities end.
This edition’s covers alone contains quite a few characteristics which really set it apart. Not only are they glossy (which is, I believe, the first fully glossy covers they’ve done) and feature a gradient pattern – not just any gradient pattern, mind you, but a three-color continuous gradient, one of the inks is metallic too (another first). When you open the memobooks, the inside cover printing contains the same gradient pattern.
The interior paper is still the 50#T Finch that they’ve used in many other editions, however this time it’s been given a wash of three different colors. Each memobook has either light blue, light green, or cool gray washed paper with a 3/16″ light gray graph ruling. Now I’ve tested the 50#T Finch paper before with other editions, such as the Night Sky edition, and it’s not fountain pen friendly, but since this paper has been washed with an ink, I decided to test it out again and see if that had any effect on its fountain pen friendliness. You can check out the test in the video below. Not surprisingly, this paper is still not fountain pen friendly, but just like all of their other editions, it’s not marketed as such so I’m not disappointed. For all other writing instruments, it performs wonderfully.
Check out the video below for some more information:
I can’t say that this is my favorite edition to date, but it’s probably in my top 5. There’s a lot of unique features to this edition which they haven’t done before, and I haven’t really seen from other notebook companies either. If these look appealing to you, think about grabbing a pack. While I don’t think that this edition will sell out as quickly as the Night Sky edition, it’s still limited so once it’s gone, it’s gone.
I hope that I gave you a good introduction to these notebooks and covered any questions that you may have about them, but if you do have any additional comments or questions, feel free to contact me any time via the comments below, shooting me an email, or reaching out to me via any of the social media networks that I’m on and I’ll be happy to help you out.