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Review: J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage

It's cold and covered in snow outside, so let's talk about something green. How about J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage fountain pen ink, which means "Wild Ivy" in French. I'm usually not a big fan of green inks as I can't seem to find a regular use for them, but this is a...

Review: Palomino Blackwing 1138

Third up in the Palomino Volumes collection is the Blacking 1138. It's easily Palomino's most unique release to date and is one most people seem to love or hate. Its design and name is a tribute to science fiction films, and even if you're not into sic-fi, you'll...

That, Which, or Who? The Clause is the Cause

Before I get into the post, let me preface this by saying that there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to using that or which; however these are some good guidelines that are becoming widely accepted as the rules to follow. So while you technically might not be...

Review: Noodler’s Dragon’s Napalm Ink

Let's check out a review of an interesting fountain pen ink, Noodler's Dragon's Napalm. It's a fluorescent, highly saturated, and very vibrant red ink. There isn't really any shading, but heavier areas dry to more of a sepia tone and when you get the ink wet, it...

Review: Kaweco Midnight Blue Ink

Today, I want to share with you a review of one of my new favorite inks, Kaweco Midnight Blue. I've been using it regularly since we began carrying it a couple of months ago and it's been ultra reliable for long writing sessions while providing just enough...

In To Vs Into: Simple Solution to a Common Issue

Into or in to? It’s a common question, but luckily this is one grammar issue that’s easily clarified. Into is a preposition which typically specifies some sort of motion, movement, or direction. I placed my books into my bag. A writer, an editor, and an agent walked...

Review: Field Notes 56-Week Planner

In the winter of 2014, Field Notes released the Ambition edition. Within that three-pack of pocket-size memobooks was a beautiful, simple, and useful 56-week datebook. The edition quickly sold out and now that almost a year has passed, many have began looking for...

The Serial (Oxford) Comma: When and Why To Use It

One of the most argued topics of grammar is the use of the serial, or Oxford, comma. When to use it: sometimes, always, or never? I’m in the sometimes, leaning towards always, group. While it’s not always necessary to have a comma before the final conjunction (often...

Mark Twain on Adverbs

Adverbs, words that describe or modify verbs, should be avoided whenever possible. If you’re using an adverb, it’s likely that you should be using a different single word instead of the adverb+verb combination. Instead of saying that someone is speaking quietly, say...

Review: Palomino Blackwing Volume 211

Palomino recently released their second Volumes edition Blackwing, the 211. I didn't anticipate their sell-out occurring so soon, but I still wanted to get the review in before they were all gone. The 211 was designed with noted environmentalist and key figure in the...

750 Words Per Day

Last week, I wrote about the importance of setting goals, and how setting word count goals is better than trying to write for a duration of time. Word count goals gives you a quantifiable result that cuts out any perceived productivity that occurred while staring at a...

Review: Palomino Blackwing Volume 725

A few months ago, Palomino came out with a new line of Blackwing pencils, the Volumes series. They'll release a new Blackwing design each quarter, accompanied with a story about what inspired the edition. Most recently, they released the Palomino Blackwing 211,...


Writers on Writing

Coleridge was a drug addict. Poe was an alcoholic. Marlowe was killed by a man whom he was treacherously trying to stab. Pope took money to keep a woman’s name out of a satire then wrote a piece so that she could still be recognized anyhow. Chatterton killed himself. Byron was accused of incest. Do you still want to a writer–and if so, why?

Bennett Cerf

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