Friday, January 27, 2012
What are you writing with/on/about?
I've barely touched my fountain pens since October. For writing at work and at home, with few exceptions, it has been graphite all the way: either my assortment of woodcase pencils, or my new favorite mechanical pencil, the Graphgear 1000, which I love for its pocket friendly retractable mechanism and its solid feel. It goes everywhere with me.
At some point in the future, I'll almost certainly snap out of this phase, get annoyed with the way graphite smears or the lack of contrast compared to a strongly colored ink, but at the moment, pencils are where it's at. No messy liquid ink, no delicate nibs to worry about, no gizmos to wear out or break, no surprises. Scrape the point on a page, it makes a mark. If the point gets dull, put it through a few turns of the sharpener. Doesn't get much simpler than that. Current favorites: the Musgrave Test Scoring 100 (may have more complete thoughts to post regarding that one in the next week or so), General's Semi-Hex, California Republic Golden Bears, Palomino HBs, and (perhaps surprisingly) Ticonderogas--though I still feel a major difference between the Mexican made ones and the Chinese made. The Chinese ones are way better. As for paper, I'm still stuck on a combination of composition books and loose-leaf.
I admit, what with my current music obsession, I've mostly slacked off on all writing save my journal. But this week, the itch is back. I've started scribbling notes and ideas again. This weekend, I plan to read back through my NaNoWriMo story--such as it is, what there is of it--and think about continuing. And I'm about done editing a short story.
I also should really write some letters. I am the typosphere's worst correspondent, bar none. The competition isn't even *close*.
I haven't been using the typewriters much, for whatever reason. I'm sure that pendulum will swing back eventually.
So...what are *you* working on? And what are you writing with: a particular pen/pencil/typewriter/program? What are you writing on: scrap paper/favorite notebook/fancy journal/large stones? And what have you been writing about?