Happy belated New Year and Handwriting Day!

Even though this blog has been quiet, the pens in my rotation are ever increasing.  Toward the end of the year, I took advantage of various promotions and purchased some fountain pen ink I have longed for.  As you may have guessed, too many pens are inked!  I have since then cleaned out several pens, but still have 7 of them in rotation.

currently inked
Written on Maruman B5 Report pad

Usually by this time of the year, I already have a planner system in place; however, this year I am plagued with planner dilemma, as I decided not to use a Hobonichi Weeks.  Once I have made a full transition from 2016 to 2017 planner wise, I will share my very first-world problem.

I do not customarily have new year resolutions because I have rarely fulfilled them.  Instead, I usually focus on a few things that I would like to work on.  Here is my humble list:

  • Be more mindful when writing: in the spirit of the Handwriting Day, I want to focus on several aspects of my handwriting. One of them is learning how to write straight. Though I am fairly certain that this is a very first-grade concern, this is a problem which I have suffered from throughout my life.  Perhaps because I have smaller handwriting, I have always had trouble writing in a straight line, even if the paper is lined.  Solution?  I have not yet had a concrete one, besides using a template underneath an unlined paper and but I shall strive to be more mindful and engaged while writing. Another aspect is my lazy hand– e can be an i, and l can appear as an i or e.  I will strive to be nice to those loops!  Overall, writing more may help with both problems I have.  What I have been doing is to copy a word from Positive Lexicography Project daily in my planner. Practice makes perfect 🙂
  • Swatching ink: Like many avid fountain pen users, I may have one bottle too many of ink. Partly as a reminder, and partly as record keeping effort, I will start making ink swatches for my existing and hopefully, not too many future ink.


  • Use up at least one bottle of ink: I can start seeing the bottom of the inkwell for some ink I have.  Perhaps I can finish one this year?  Likely contenders are Sailor Tokiwa-matsu and Sailor Apricot

What would you like to accomplish in this new year?  Any fountain pen/handwriting related goals?

By the way, if you wish to see a more in-depth review on any ink or pen used in the Currently Inked list, feel free to mention it in the comment!


2 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

    1. I have been reading more so than writing. For some reason, it takes me longer to put together blog posts in general. I used to be able to write at least 3 per week! Anyway, I hope that in the new year, I will be more productive in general.
      Thank you for reading and stopping by!


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