Horses In The Mist

27 November 2015 By ian

Horses in the Mist

The Fool With a Pen wrote about his pen exile (and exile from purchasing) this week. As is always the case with Mr Fool’s writing it was a great read with many wise points. You should go and take a look if you haven’t already.

For me, the whole point of pens is that they don’t really matter. No-one is going to suffer if they don’t use a lovely pen, no pen is going to change the world for better or for worse. This is how I explain my love for this hobby to anyone who is silly enough to ask. This explanation is usually met with a funny look and swift change of subject.

It’s this lack of importance, in the grand scheme of things, that makes it a distraction for me. I get wound up by politics so quickly I have to generally avoid getting involved. My day job is difficult, really does mean a lot to me and is, I think, important. When it all gets a bit too much I like to escape for a few minutes by writing with a lovely pen precisely because, in the end, they don’t actually matter. They are simply a source of delight in an often depressing world.


This week’s picture is a very quick sketch I did one misty morning while I was waiting for some students to arrive. It was a beautiful morning.

I’d like to thank Pocket Notebooks for sponsoring the site again this month. They’re not paying for me to say this today but I really appreciate their help and they offer a great service to those of us who love notebooks and live in the UK.

On Monday I reviewed what’s currently my favourite mechanical pencil.

Also on Monday we published a meta-review of the Diplomat Aero over at United Inkdom.