Friday, January 15, 2010


I've been thinking about that a lot recently, expectations. When I write a letter, I feel that the recipient, especially if they know me, expects it to be written in a nice script. I feel as though I would disappoint them if I don't write in a nice script and just write and not "draw letters", which sometimes causes me to lose focus on composition.

I feel the same way if I post a non pen or writing related story here on this blog. I feel like I will disappoint readers if I do not write a post about pens or writing, especially when the followers of this blog are well...interested in pens and writing. But this is not a pen or writing blog! There are others who do that very well, I cannot and choose not to. I just wanted a venue to get my thoughts out although I will likely be blogging about pens and writing most of the time.

This week a pen person I follow on Twiter tweeted about a blog entry that was not about pens. He added a disclaimer that it was not about pens, and there was a disclaimer on his blog post also Was that because he was expected to blog only about pens?

I really like pro golfer Michelle Wie's blog. It was this blog that made me decide to blog. I like her quirkiness, blogging about anything from her art (which caught my attention) to "blinging" shoes to building a tiki bar. Fun stuff!

Then I read a guest blog post on Tranquility Du Jour by Samara O'Shea: author, letter writer, blogger and my friend. The post was about journaling, but the paragraph "Great Expectations" really stood out for me. It was perfect for me, as though she was writing to me in that post. One of my first posts here was about my attempt and failure at journaling because I'm worried about how it will look! Samara's words really hit home! Samara also has her own blog which is the first blog I'd ever read and responded to.

So if I want to write a post to this blog about something other than pens, I will without feeling guilty. If I want to write a meaningful letter and not worry about disappointing the recipient if it's not in a nice script, I will break out that nice comfortable large fountain pen without the flexible nib. Heck I may even use a good ballpoint pen as long as it is nice to look at and feels good in the hand like these older celluloid Visconti ballpoint pens.

They help to make my writing experience more enjoyable.

With that said I need to write a thank you note. So I will ink up my big fat Mont Blanc 149 fountain pen and start that note

without any "fancy writing"...

And Just Write!


  1. I quite agree with you - that's one of the great things about blogging, you can write whatever you wish to, on whichever subject you fancy writing about. :)

    BTW, the links thing - hope this helps...

    When you're writing a post, make sure you have the "Compose" tab open then, after opening the relevent webpage in a separate tab, copy the address from your browser's address bar. Next, highlight the text in your post you wish to make into a link, then click the icon that looks like the world with a horizontal silver figure 8 on it and paste the copied address into the opo up box, and, you're done. :)

  2. I know how you feel. I blog about letter writing topics, but sometimes I have other things on my mind. With letter writing...I often put off writing letters because I'm afraid I don't have enough time to write a long, detailed letter. In reality, most people would appreciate even a short note in the mail.

  3. I am crazy about your writing. How have you learned to write so well? I practice my handwriting daily. It's nice but nothing compared to yours. Fill me in... Thanks fellow writer.... I found your blog from Samara.

  4. Hi Raquel

    It's a bit of a long story. I started with a vintage fountain pen and a book and it sorta just came. I later got into Engrsser's Script (also called copperplate) with a dip pen. But in my opinion it's just like the cursive letters I learned in grade school but I now use a fountain pen instead of a Bic pen or a no.2 pencil.

    Samara's cool!

  5. Hi 365 Letters

    I'm assuming you mean handwriten letters and notes! A lost art...