The space in the title is intentional, this letter is heading to a friend who I made at the Arkansas Pen Club, back when I lived in, well, Arkansas. Now I’m a thousand miles away, but we have been keeping in touch via social media, and now via snail mail!
Her letter was the first to arrive after the start of InCoWriMo, and so per the “rules”, I’m replying. Feels good.
Pens & Inks: ensso xs – Monteverde Mercury Noir
Pelikan M200 – Robert Oster Shimmer Fire and Ice
TWSBI Mini – KWZ Honey
Lamy Safari – J Herbin Amethyste d’Oural
Off to: Arkansas
I couldn’t resist picking this bicycle card when writing to a Dutch acquaintance of mine. She lives in the US now, but I thought it’d be fun.
Also, I’ve really been digging shimmer inks lately, if that isn’t obvious. This is J Herbin Amethyste d’Oural in my broad Lamy Safari. Shimmer inks don’t play nice in most of my pens, but it’s working well in this one so far. I love it.
What inks surprised you?
Pen: Lamy Safari
Ink: J Herbin Amethyste d’Oural
Off to: Madison, WI
Isn’t this washi tape the cutest thing in the world? I’m a total sucker for cute stuff with rainbows and unicorns, so when I saw that the San Francisco Pen Show was having pins and washi made with cute animals holding fountain pens, I knew I neeeeeded it.
Luckily my pen friend Pam offered to grab it for me, since I live about a million miles away from San Francisco, and I just love it.
I’m probably losing my newly minted ‘man card’ because of this blog post, but it’s worth it.
Anyways, today’s letter is off to Pam. It’s long overdue, of course (I’m the worst), but better late than never, right?
How’s everyone doing with InCoWriMo so far? Keeping up? Having fun? I think that the goal of writing a piece of mail every day is super fun, but even just sending more mail than usual is awesome.
Keep writing, friends!
Can we just take a moment to appreciate an ink that both shimmers and sheens? I’ve been absolutely loving this Robert Oster Shimmer Fire and Ice. It’s super fun to write with. I’ve burned through half a sample container in the last few weeks, and I’m afraid I might need to get a bottle once I’m done with the sample. Maybe I’ll be able to stick to my ink buying hiatus for at least a little while longer!
Pen: Pelikan M200
Ink: Robert Oster Shimmer Fire and Ice
Off to: California
This cheery, flowery card is off to a friend in Scotland. I figure we’re both in the middle of dreary winter weather, so why not brighten up a mailbox?
My battered, beloved Nock Co Brasstown pen case is in the back. I’ve carried my pens in this thing every day for like four years, and I love it.
Pen: Lamy Safari Dark Lilac
Ink: J Herbin Amethyste d’Oural
Off to: Scotland
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, there’s one thing that’s very clear – I am the world’s worst penpal.
If you’re new to the blog, welcome! I’m Lucas, and I’m the world’s worst penpal.
My friend/penpal Susan is the most patient human being I know. She’s continued to write me letters despite silence from my end, due to being busy with school, writing letters and forgetting to send them, and just generally being the worst.
Seriously, the bag of ink samples that’s hiding behind her letter? I’ve had them on my desk for probably over a year, just waiting to be sent.
Anyways, they’re in the mail now, and so is this long overdue letter to Susan. Starting InCoWriMo off right!
Off to: Oregon
It’s been a while, I know. A lot has happened in the last year since I posted, but that’s a post for another time. This post is all about… InCoWriMo – International Correspondence Writing Month! I imagine that most of you are familiar with the concept, but the gist behind it is that you write a handwritten letter or card every day for the month of February. This was the inspiration for my Year of Letters project a few years back, so I’m happy to get back into it after having a bit of a snail mail hiatus.
I’ve got a nice little list of folks to write to, so I’m looking forward to reconnecting with everyone! If you don’t know who to write to, there’s a participant list on InCoWriMo’s website. Go crazy!
Who will you be writing to?
Wow! I can’t believe it’s been 100 pieces of mail already! The last time I tried this (almost 3 years ago at this point), I fizzled out quite a bit before this point, so I’m pretty proud of myself for keeping this going.
To celebrate, I’m going back to the beginning of my snail mail journey, to one of my very first penpals from 3 years ago. She and I haven’t written in a while due to illness and life getting in the way, so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to catch up!
I’m sending her a little fountain pen care package along with the letter. Hopefully it’ll make her smile!
Pen: Parker 50
Ink: Platinum Cassis Black
Off to: SC