Monday Night Thread ~ Have you been found by a pen?

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Unread postby Linda B. » Tue Apr 11, 2006 6:15 pm

Just found this thread...

I always write with a pen - yes a special Mont Blanc Starwalker - though it isn't the beautiful one Johnny was photographed with (the fountain pen was incredibly expensive - far more than the regular pen.)

But when I write (all the time - yes- I just don't put much up here) - I always write with a pen on paper - it's the only way I've ever found that allows me to slow down my thought process so I don't miss details. When I write - usually I find it's like watching a movie - after you fall through the paper - and you record what you see. So as not to miss too many details - a pen makes me stop and think about what I'm seeing and what are the right words to describe it.

Also - I'm a passionate letter writer - only to a few long time friends who don't own computer - otherwise - letters are lost to e-mail and relatively unimportant (so to speak.)

What a lovely thread!

I've always thought it was dreadfully important to have the right pen and paper to write with. Yay Johnny for saying that!!
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Unread postby depprespect » Tue Apr 11, 2006 7:25 pm

What a lovely thread. Truth is, I have been found by many a pen. You see, my father was an avid collector of many, many things. One of his collections is an exquisite array of fountain pens. He always wrote with a fountain pen - sometimes to my mother's dismay, when blobs of ink would find their way off of the desk blotter and onto the desktop, or onto his shirt pocket. I honestly do not remember ever seeing him with a ballpoint in his hand. Even in restaurants, he would sign his tab with a special pen drawn from his vest pocket, never even picking up the pen provided for him.
A few of the pens were auctioned off at Sotheby's after his death. Some were very rare and precious and deserved to be in the hand of a true collector. But I still have many, many of them. Each one dear and valuable - because they found my father.

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Unread postby stroch » Tue Apr 11, 2006 8:21 pm

My father too always wrote with a fountain pen. I have several that he had in his desk when he died, and just looking at them evokes his presence.
I was found by a pen in high school, a Parker with a candy apple red exterior. My handwriting was a thing of beauty when I used it, and I wrote every paper, letter, and term paper with that pen throughout high school, college, and post-grad. It even followed me to my first job.
Its bladder is cracked and stiff and the pen no longer works, but it lives in my jewelry box.
I buy pens all of the time, but no other has found me.
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Unread postby Liz » Tue Apr 11, 2006 9:11 pm

depprespect wrote:What a lovely thread. Truth is, I have been found by many a pen. You see, my father was an avid collector of many, many things. One of his collections is an exquisite array of fountain pens. He always wrote with a fountain pen - sometimes to my mother's dismay, when blobs of ink would find their way off of the desk blotter and onto the desktop, or onto his shirt pocket. I honestly do not remember ever seeing him with a ballpoint in his hand. Even in restaurants, he would sign his tab with a special pen drawn from his vest pocket, never even picking up the pen provided for him.
A few of the pens were auctioned off at Sotheby's after his death. Some were very rare and precious and deserved to be in the hand of a true collector. But I still have many, many of them. Each one dear and valuable - because they found my father.


Depprespect & Stroch, how special that you both still have some of your fathers's special pens.
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:29 am

I just have time to check in quickly this morning before work but I just want to say how beautiful all your answers have been so far! I have enjoyed reading each and every one. :cool: Please keep sharing!
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Unread postby KYwoman » Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:38 am

I have too DITHOT. Very interesting and a pleasure to read.

An inexpensive little pen has found me and I use it at work all the time. Nothing so grand as a Mont Blanc though, which would be nice to own one day. A good writing instrument does make the difference. If I'm writing with a pen I don't care for it is very distracting. A pen should fit comfortably in your hand and flow with your style of handwriting. Certain pens just don't suit how I write and my handwriting ends up looking worse and again I become distracted by it.

This question/conversation reminds me of a part of the first Harry Potter book/movie where Olivander (sp?) says the wand finds the witch or wizard, not the other way around.
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Unread postby Gilbert's Girl » Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:42 am

Its funny though even though I don't use them hardly at all now I couldn't throw them out even though two of them are really chewed at the ends, yes they had plastic barrels including my grandfathers gold nibbed pen :-O this thread has inspired me that perhaps I should reaquaint myself with them :cool:


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