Rantings of a Picky Pen User

Apparently, I’m just too picky for my own good.  First I bitch and moan about trying to find the perfect purse/bag (I found a reasonable substitute….it’s being field tested as I type this….I’m finding chinks in its armor….), now I’m going to bitch about pens.

About a year and a half ago, I finally got my first fountain pen.  I picked it up in part because I liked the old-fashioned novelty and in part because I’d heard that it can make writing more comfortable for people who are experiencing hand/arm strain/pain (which I was starting to have problems with…very troublesome for a girl who loves to write things out longhand).  I can’t say for sure there’s not some placebo effect going on, but I feel like it has made a difference in my writing comfort–the change in angle and the reduction in the amount of pressure necessary to write have made a difference.

Unfortunately, the big draw back to fountain pens is that it can be very tricky combining them with air travel.  Because of my crappy luck, I wasn’t about to tempt fate on my travels and risk winding up with an ink disaster somewhere over the Pacific.  So, I am having to resort to ball points.

At the time of this writing, I am just finished with leg-one of this adventure.  A one hour and fifteen minute flight.  And I have NO IDEA how I’m going to survive with just a ballpoint pen.

I’m totally not used to writing with these anymore.  I have to press so hard, and the lines look so dry and weak after consistently having those liquid, flowing, solid lines you get with a fountain pen (even the extra fine nibs like I use).  And my hand is already cramping.  Granted, some of this is just because I’m out of practice for this type of writing instrument, but….

Yes, I’m whining.

At one time I thought a gel pen or a roller ball was going to be the solution, but I’ve had a lot of trouble with those on planes.  I don’t know if it’s my crappy luck again, or if it has something to do with the dry air in the cabin, or the altered pressure, but roller balls and gel pens skip and dry up on me on planes.  And, to be honest, they are only marginally better than a ball point as far as writing (they do seem to require less pressure for me).

I’m sure I’ll survive somehow, but I think my written output is going to suffer because of all this.

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