Elizabeth is an OG pen reviewer. She has been killing it for years at No Pen Intended where she reviews it all. Maybe by posting this today I can talk her into showing up at the Atlanta Pen Show next weekend? My thanks to Elizabeth for answering Three Questions.
1. What role do analog tools such as pens, pencils, and paper play in your day to day life?
Pens and paper are an essential part of both my identity and my ability to function. I probably spend as much time deciding what pen(s) and notebook(s) to take with me as normal people spend deciding what outfit to wear. I write to think. I write to plan, and to remember. I even write to problem solve, from time management itineraries to budgets to the rare occasions that I have to attempt to do a little computer programming (it's nice being able to write out my thoughts and note my points of confusion without being constantly judged by little debugger pop-up boxes). I write for work, for my own mental health, and sometimes just because I want to look at some pretty ink on the page.
2. What are your favorite products you are currently using?
For all-purpose note-taking, thinking-writing, and any other reasons I have to expend ink, I love my Leuchtturm 1917 medium ruled notebook. It has the best balance between drying time and ability to handle fountain pen ink. I'm really into my new Nock Lookout for pen carry, but it's a challenge choosing only 3 pens. Favorite pen(s) is a category always in flux. Right now, I'm using my new Lamy Wild Rubin with 14K F nib, and my Lamy 2000 with the broad stub nib I ground when I was feeling crazy for many, many consecutive and non-consecutive hours upon hours. I'm also perpetually in love with my 8-oz. KeepCup for my morning cappuccino, and my 16-oz. Tervis tumbler for drinking inordinate amounts of tea throughout the day.
3. What post are you the most proud of on your blog?
This question was the most difficult to answer. All my posts are about equal in terms of the quality and effort I put into them. I went back through all my posts to see if any one in particular stood out, whether it be the pictures, the drawings, the tone of my writing, and I ended up with a short list of about 10 posts that I really enjoyed...which is still several too many to be an answer to this question. I'm not necessarily most proud of any particular one post, but my Uni-ball Jetstream 0.5mm ballpoint review is pretty good, for a really great and accessible pen. And I link back to it just about every chance I get, since I love the Jetstream so much.