Weekend Pen Spotlight

For starters, sometimes we just need to be pushed in order to get creative and write, draw, sculpt, etc. This post by Michael Nobbs will "light a fire" to get those creative juices flowing (plus, there is a Lamy Safari in the accompanying picture).

A few weeks ago, we were talking about Obama and his 22 pens to sign off on health care. This week, CBS News reports that the President reads 10 personal letters a day. How does he respond to so many comments, inquiries and complaints?

He had always preferred to write by hand, using a yellow legal pad to craft sections of his autobiography and his campaign speeches. Now he took out a black fountain pen and started to write in the top left corner.

"Jennifer," he began.

Obama had made a habit of keeping his responses short: one sentence that expressed gratitude for the letter, and one or two more that tended toward encouragement instead of advice. "Dream big dreams," he wrote to one teenager. "I'll try to do better for you next week," he wrote to a detractor.
Notebook Stories hosted this month's Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper. The Carnival is always a fun read and a great way to find new bloggers writing about being creative with pen & paper products. Many thanks to Nifty for hosting the Carnival and selecting Goldspot's Post on "How Pen Addiction Starts."

Inkyjournal reviews a vintage bottle of Pelikan 4001 blue-black fountain pen ink. I loved the desktop wallpaper photo so much that I'm now using it on my iMac at the office.

Letters & Journals is working hard on a new website to promote the release of their magazine of the same name. Jackie is looking for submissions to the magazine, article ideas, and any other suggestions to make the first issue a great read.

Lastly, Stephanie over at Rhodia Drive asks, "What would you do with lightning bug ink?" The obvious answer : write love notes to lightning bugs, leave it outside at night and see what happens! The new J. Herbin Phosphorescente ink will debut at the National Stationery Show this May at the Jacob Javits Center.

Have a brilliant weekend, everyone! We will be back with a few pen reviews this week, so be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed with your favorite reader.