My (pencil) cup runneth over

I like to write. I mean this in the physical sense: I enjoy pushing and pulling a pen across paper and leaving words in my wake. It must be something about writing itself, because moving a pen around on paper could describe drawing, and yet I’ve never really felt like making pictures with a pen. Just words.

Now to write, you need something to write on and something to write with. My paper supplies are almost reasonable, if you don’t look too closely at my stationery reserves or count how many blank books I’ve got stockpiled. I assure you, I’m working to deplete both. But then, there are the pens.

[pauses, sighs]

pens

Rest assured, about 60% of these pens were passed along to others after the picture was taken.

It’s the color. Well, it was the color, back in college when I started writing my papers in every color of pen I could buy: a different color for each idea. (Because before personal computers, writing a paper meant first writing it out by hand and then typing up the final version.) But that doesn’t matter much anymore. Over the years I’ve moved from many colors to blue and from blue to black. I’m delighted to report that I’m still capable of writing and creativity. Really, if this is a sign of maturity, it hasn’t been documented all that well.

Now it’s the feel of the pen that matters. A great pen has a near-perfect combination of width, weight, and texture. It writes without either skipping or blurping. It doesn’t magically come up with words, of course, but I figure, if I’m frequently picking it up it because it’s so pleasant to hold, there’s always a chance the Muse will consider this an invitation and drop by for a visit. The major drawback is acquiring enough pens to open my own office supply store—like my yarn stash, I suspect my pen stash will grow throughout my life. At least it doesn’t take up half a closet!

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3 thoughts on “My (pencil) cup runneth over

  1. awrestlingwriter

    Love it! I love pens and all stationary. I was wondering if I could include that picture in a book I’m working on where real people who write share about writing. It’s to inspire people to write. It’s very visual with pictures of writing tools and spaces. I’d also love to include these lines: ‘I enjoy pushing and pulling a pen across paper and leaving words in my wake.’ ‘A great pen has a near-perfect combination of width, weight, and texture. It writes without either skipping or blurping. It doesn’t magically come up with words, of course, but I figure, if I’m frequently picking it up it because it’s so pleasant to hold, there’s always a chance the Muse will consider this an invitation and drop by for a visit.’
    Your name, age, and location would be included and all credit goes to you.
    All good if you want to decline, just thought I’d check.
    JD

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      1. awrestlingwriter

        No worries. That would be great. This is what I’d love to include along with the photo:

        I like to write. I mean this in the physical sense: I enjoy pushing and pulling a pen across paper and leaving words in my wake.
        The pens. It’s the color. Well, it was the color, back in college when I started writing my papers in every color of pen I could buy: a different color for each idea.
        Now it’s the feel of the pen that matters. A great pen has a near-perfect combination of width, weight, and texture. It writes without either skipping or blurping.
        It doesn’t magically come up with words, of course, but I figure, if I’m frequently picking it up because it’s so pleasant to hold, there’s always a chance the Muse will consider this an invitation and drop by for a visit.

        If that’s okay by you, can I grab your name, age and country?
        Feel free to email the details if you prefer: wordslikesilk@gmail.com
        JD

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