the metropolitan series

Using Fountain Pens For Notetaking – Wut?

I have several fountain pens, and have just recently gifted one of my trial ones to a friend. You know who you are *cough*@tenalach*cough*. I like them for the obvious aesthetic reason, the wide selection of inks and numerous other little things for personal use… but I had always thought they were not very practical for everyday use. However, unless you’re getting some rare edition several hundred (or thousand) dollar pen… there are a lot of practical pointers, reasons and facts that make them a great everyday carry.

  1. Expensive..not really: The lowest price entry I know of is the Platinum Preppy fountain pen which writes very nicely and costs around $3.00 US. Its refills are easy to use and come in a variety of colours. It’s a great introductory pen and comes in a variety of sizes. Ink is something that is fairly cheap as well, especially if you have a converter, but most cartridge models are inexpensive if you use a medium or fine nibbed pen

2. Ink comes  in every colour and variety of writing experience you can think of. Want a quick drying ink that shades from yellow to deep brown? Noodler has your back. Want something that shines with glitter? We got you covered, in multiple colours over several brands. Want something basic that dries quickly but you can still use with your fancy new pen? No prob, Bob.

                               Fast drying: Pilot Black/Blue

                               Eye-bleedingly bright pink: Noodler’s Dragon Catfish Pink

3. It reduces hand fatigue. I originally got into using them because of my fibromyalgia and the pain that I get after a very short time with regular pens. Some gel pens are okay, I’m a big fan of Pilot, but it’s really hard for me to write any length of time with most utensils. I like to handwrite notes, letters, grocery lists, ect. A good fountain pen won’t cause the same sort of pain and fatigue.

4. It’s fun. I write more than I used to. My handwriting has drastically improved. I finally found a pen that I love, as well as several inks that really suit my personality. I’ve learned the sheer pleasure in high quality (not always that more expensive either) paper. I pay more attention and recall things I write better because I’m enjoying the experience.

Suggested Pens by $$$

$ Platinum Preppy, Pilot Varsity

10-20 Pilot Kakuno, Pilot Metropolitan

20-40 Lamy series, Pilot Prera

$40-60 TWSBI 580AL (this is muh baby, but even the EF is kind of thick compared to Japanese fountain pens).

*I am partial to Pilot products, but they also lay down just about the thinnest line you’re going to get with their EF nibs which make them superior for notetaking imo. The ink is very fast drying. However, you’re restricted in color selections unless you buy a converter, which not all models take. The TWSBI 580AL can use any water-based ink you can find since it doesn’t use cartridges.

Additional Notes:

Fountain pen ink is water-based. Some have more pigmentation than others, and thus are resistant to liquids spilled on them. You have to do your research.

Japanese pens write finer than most other styles. This is a pro or a con depending on what you are looking for.

Lamy pens have a very strangely shaped grip section that helps you learn to hold a fountain pen correctly. Some people like it, some people hate it. They have a nice variety of cartridge ink though.

A Platinum Preppy is a good safe bet for someone who just wants to mess around and see if they like this type of writing instrument.. for $3.00 you’re getting a pen that writes better than quite a few expensive models I’ve used. It also has a ton of colors.

Websites: – Great company, great selection of ink, paper and pens. Carries from $-$$$$ priced pens. They’re a home grown company and I totally recommend supporting them if you can. They’re great! I always shop from them if they have what I’m looking for. However, they don’t have things like washi tape or stickers if that’s what you’re looking for. Any other purchase? Go with Goulet, seriously. – Tons of stationary of all kinds. Cute stickers. Notebooks to fit just about any price range. It’s all reasonably priced and they carry a variety of items any student could use. They are my go-to company for cheap but high quality products, especially stickers.  

alys07  asked:


Hey there, @alys07! I got your other prompt, too, and am working on it. Thank you! Based on that message, I am assuming you won’t mind terribly where I went with this one. Initially there was more to this chapter, but it was getting a little exhaustively long so I’ve split it into two and combined the last half with another word prompt. Anyhow! Point is, Part 5 below and Part 6 to be posted soon.

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Come On Baby, Light My Fire (Part 5)

Gymnophoria - The sensation that someone is mentally undressing you

Send me a word and I’ll write a drabble

There’s a festive air in the park. Delicious smells of greasy fair and ballpark style foods linger on the gentle early autumn breezes. Laughter and the ping of baseballs off metal bats can be heard at every turn. In front of me, Annie bends over, spinning the ball in her hand behind her back and staring down the stretch at an imaginary batter. Ms. Seeder punches her glove then settles into her stance and holds the glove up. Annie winds up and launches the ball at the plate, the impact a resounding shunk!

“Great! I think that’s good for a warm-up,” Thom says as Seeder throws back to Annie. “I’ve got our first game.”

He waves a white envelope in the air and the team jogs in to congregate around the makeshift pitcher’s mound. We all wait as he rips into the envelope labeled D12 Schools: Game 1. I try not to roll my eyes at the absurdity of treating this like it’s the Academy Awards. Thom claims they do this so no teams have the advantage. If you don’t know who you’re playing until five minutes before the game, there’s no way to prepare for a specific opponent. That’s fine, but I think it’s a waste of paper.

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10 E/R fics you may not have heard of, but really should read (by besanii)

Hello everyone!

My apologies for the delay on this particular instalment of “Fandom Famous”.  A lot has been going on and I’ve been very sidetracked with other projects, I’m really sorry!  Also, it was so hard to decide which fics I felt needed to be on this list (and a lot of them I wanted to put on the list where from the same few authors, so I had to debate whether to include them all or just list the authors themselves).

In any case, here are a list of fics/authors I’ve felt are brilliant and amazing, but may not necessarily be “famous” in the E/R ship:

Note: I tried to filter out the fics that have more than 100 kudos on AO3, as my previous “Fandom Famous” post listed fics with more than 100 kudos.  As such, a lot of these are going to end up being relatively new, with a few old ones sprinkled in liberally here and there.

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anonymous asked:

what are some good reads you would recommend?

I personally loved: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, The Catcher in the Rye by JD Sallinger, The Giver by Louis Lowry, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy by Stieg Larsson, My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, Basically anything by Jodi Picoult actually… lol. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (one of my favorites) and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini are the books I am thinking of right now.

Fashion Books I would recommend and also a bunch are on my list to read: Vanity Fair 100 Years: From the Jazz Age to Our Age by Graydon Carter, Fashion: 150 Years of Couturiers, Designers, Labels by Charlotte Seeling, Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style by DK Publishing, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (Metropolitan Museum of Art) by Andrew Bolton, Chanel: Collections and Creations by Danièle Bott, Vogue: The Covers by Dodie Kazanjian, Love Looks Not with the Eyes: Thirteen Years with Lee Alexander McQueen by Anne Deniau, W: The First 40 Years by Stefano Tonchi, Vogue: The Editor’s Eye by Conde Nast, Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent by Carine Roitfeld, Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations (Metropolitan Museum of Art) by Andrew Bolton, Harold Koda and Judith Thurman, Paris Haute Couture by Anne Zazzo, Mario Testino. in Your Face by Mario Testino, Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed (Metropolitan Museum of Art Series) by Harold Koda, The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld, In Vogue: An Illustrated History of the World’s Most Famous Fashion Magazine by Alberto Oliva, Norberto Angeletti and commertary by Anna Wintour, Windows at Bergdorf Goodman Anniversary Edition by David Hoey and Linda Fargo, C.Z. Guest: American Style Iconby Susanna Salk, Big Book of Chicby Miles Redd, Unseen Vogue: The Secret History of Fashion Photographyby Robin Derrick and Robin Muir, Coming Into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Conde Nast by Herschdorfer, The Little Dictionary of Fashion: A Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman The Little Dictionary of Fashion: A Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman by Christian Dior, Harper’s Bazaar: Greatest Hitsby Glenda Bailey and Stephan Gan

Not sorry about the long list. I hope I helped.