I mentioned to my wife that I was jealous that one of my pen pals was going to the DC pen show this year and she said "So why don't you go too." You don't have to tell me twice! If you are going to be there I'd love to meet up with you.
This post by Michael Matteson of Inkdependence! entitled the 2015 Triangle Pens Show has me really excited about what it will be like in DC.
Jon Deans of Fountain Pen Economics released Part 2 of Brand Analysis: Noodler's Ink. Those lights you see on yonder hill are all of the fountain pen fanatics armed with pitchforks and torches making their way to lynch the good Doctor. I agree that this strategy would make Noodler's into a very competitive business, I just don't think that Nathan Tardiff values the expansion of his brand at the expense of loosing control over his business' destiny.
While we are on the topic of Fountain Pen Economics, Tim from Nib Creep took exception to one of Dr. Deans' posts and has written his own rebuttal entitled Can The TWSBI Eco Outsell The Lamy Safari? It is a great read and well worth your time.
Ian at Pens! Paper! Pencils! reviewed the Leuchtturm1917 Whitelines Notebook. I know that a lot of people would love to have a book like this where they can link an analogue (sorry Casey, Myke spells it right) note to a digital scan.
Liz at Wonder Pens wrote a piece entitled On Journal Writing that has had me thinking this week. I feel like I am failing at my journalling, my last book took twice as long to fill and it is sometimes a week between entries. Not good! Everyone is busy but maybe I should make this a higher priority.
Finally, a self serving link. My friend Amanda reviewed a pen that I lent to her so check out her Pen Review - Franklin Christoph Model 65 on The Purl Bug. She even received the pen blog equivalent of a Michelin Star; the Brad Dowdy Pen Addict blog of the week! We're more of a greasy spoon diner kind of a place here at Gorgeous.Ink but we can always hope...
And Now For Something Completely Different
If you have intentions of your children attending post secondary education you should really read this post by Eddie Smith entitled 529 moon shot. It's depressing, but not as depressing as not taking action.