Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – June 27, 2021

While I’ve had 10 fountain pens inked up all month, I’ve been putting three in my Nock Co. Lookout ever Sunday, and using those three for the week. This week is was the:

Photo of last week's fountain pens
  1. Kanilea Kona Cherry (EF) with Montblanc Bordeaux
  2. Lamy Safari USA (Bacas Needlepoint) with Waterman Intense Black
  3. Lamy Aion Dark Green (EF) with Lamy Green

I’ve picked these three for the week ahead.

photo of fountain pens for the week ahead
  1. Sheaffer 300 Matte Green (F) with Sheaffer Black – the only one of the ten that’s even close to being written dry this month.
  2. Diplomat Aero Volute (Marc Bacas OF) with Montblanc Spider Grey.
  3. Lamy 2000 (OM) with Montblanc Bordeaux – a pen that has yet to click with me, although it’s less than a month old.

My fountain pen usage remains low. It took another hit this week. I’ve been having some trouble writing stuff for another blog. As usual I’ve been writing the drafts longhand. They’ve ended up in the garbage. This week I sat down at the keyboard, ignored what was done before, and banged out a workable first draft. This doesn’t bode well for my fountain pen usage. Hopefully I just needed a change to kickstart my brain, and I’ll be back to pens soon enough.


I’m going to a summer schedule for the Sunday posts. I plan to alternate between a full Trail Log one week, and just a link post the following week. So next week will be a link post.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

I should probably change the heading for this section. I rarely watch TV/Movies or listen to audiobooks these days.

Read A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell. I wanted to get back to history, so searched for a WWII themed book. I came across this one, which is a biography of Virginia Hall. She’s an American, although she started spying for Britain early in the war when America was still neutral. She fought sexism, and a leg amputation due to a hunting accident. I was quickly engrossed in the book. It was as much a thriller as a biography. A solid 5 out of 5 stars.

Read Artemis by Andy Weir. Despite enjoying The Martian, I never read his second book. Now that his third book is out I finally went back to read his second. The main character, Jazz, is female, but has the same personality as Mark from The Martian. He was talking to himself, she’s a wise-ass to everybody on the moon. She quickly becomes annoying. I enjoyed the descriptions of life on the moon, but the story line was convoluted and I found it boring. His research this time seems to have been the economics of a moon-based city, and welding. A lot of welding. 3 out of 5 stars.

Read Swag by Elmore Leonard. A typical Leonard story where the main characters are criminals. It almost goes on for too long – How many different ways are there to describe an armed robbery? But it gets to the ending soon enough. 3 out of 5 stars.

Reading Later by Stephen King. I had technical problems reading this eBook. After failed and frustrating trouble shooting I returned the book and placed another hold. It wasn’t so engrossing that I resisted doing this, even though the estimated wait is 6 weeks.

Reading Freaky Deaky by Elmore Leonard. I’m OD’ing on Elmore Leonard. I wasn’t liking the Leonard books as much as I expected. Good dialog and scene setting, but less than engrossing stories in the last half of the book. So, with this one I finally took a look at what I thought were Leonard novels I enjoyed. My brain was broken. They were by Donald E. Westlake. Published in 1976, this is another crime themed story. In this one the cop just switched from the bomb squad to sex crimes. The criminals are former 60’s radicals and bomb makers. The structure is a bit jarring, at least in the first few chapters. The cop is the subject of a chapter, then the criminals are the subject of the next, and so on, until about chapter 9 where the characters are mixing together. I may read a Elmore Leonard western, but once I finish this one I’m done with his crime stories for a while. I fell asleep reading it yesterday.


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