Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – February 20, 2022

My fountain pen usage was up this past week. I did a lot of transcribing, completing at least three pages each day, and writing six on my best day. I even managed to finish off one 50 sheet Doane Paper Large Writing Pad. That would be even more impressive if I remembered when I started using it. It was probably in mid-January, so not impressive at all.

Three that rose to the top

I’ve been rotating through my inked fountain pens at a rapid pace. Even my less-loved pens get used twice at least every third day. I’m still switching pens after every page of transcription. One nice thing about using my pens frequently is that a few rise to the top over time. In this case, three pens have found a permanent (for now) place in my Nock Co Lookout Three Pen Holster.

  • Esterbrook OS Estie Seaglass (EF): It’s a gorgeous pen with a basic JoWo extra-fine nib that performs well. It made the Lookout mainly because it’s the pen I picked to write dry by using it daily. I’ve been using it to transcribe one page every day. I’m out of the Sheaffer Emerald Green ink, so there will be an ink change when the pen goes dry. The pen may not return to the Lookout right away. But I certainly haven’t regretted having it there. It’s fits perfectly in my hand and is a joy to use.
  • Spoke Icon BRG/Brass (EF): I like this pen more each time I use it. It made the case because of that. Unlike the Estie, I don’t plan to us it daily, but since it’s always nearby it will get used more than the ones in my pen wrap.
  • Pilot Elite Steel Lined Pocket Pen (18K F). Another pen that’s grown on me over time. I’ve always been in love with its looks, but I also enjoy using it. It’s little thin for me to use in extended, multi-page writing sessions. It made the lookout because it had a traditional blue-black ink.

I should also mention, the ink did factor into my choices, I wanted three distinct colors. I also leaned heavily towards thin nibs and ignored the three pens with wider nibs. I don’t classify these as Top Three, but the three I like having handy, at least until my mood changes.

Fountain pen status as of Saturday afternoon. (

Baron Fig Does Books!

I was listening to the Bookworm podcast where they talked about the book Personal Socrates by Marc Champagne. I was struck when I heard that it was published by Baron Fig. It sounds like they put as much thought into the book design as they do their other products. That makes the hardcover relatively expensive. This does seem like a book I’d get a lot out of, at least a few journaling prompts.

I haven’t bought the book yet, but that’s because I can’t decide what format to buy. I did eliminate the audiobook as the wrong format for this book. The Kindle version is far cheaper than the hardcover (I couldn’t find any other ebook formats). The hardcover seems really nice, but I sold/donated all my books and stick to library or ebooks/audiobooks these days. The Kindle version has the content, which is what’s important, but I’m looking for an excuse to buy the hardcover. Notes in the book? They seem to have allowed space for it. I’ll decide soon.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Listened: Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey. Book three of The Expanse. I started this one as soon as I finished book two. I finished this off early in the week. It’s not my favorite Expanse book, so it gets 3 out of 5 stars. Certainly worth reading as part of the series. It’s not bad, It just feels like a long way to go, just to get to the big event at the end. On the plus side, Holden was less annoying. Goodreads has it at 4.25 stars over 100k ratings. So, I’m again in the minority.

Read: Walk the Wire by David Balducci The sixth (and latest) installment in the Amos Decker (aka Memory Man) series. I finished this one off rather quickly once I moved from transcribing to reading. The memory man series books have a loose formula that’s a bit far-fetched, at least to happen so many times. But it’s not completely unbelievable with a view limited to that one story, so I enjoyed the books. This one has a convoluted story that can be hard to follow at times. It’s not helped by the fact that the crime they were called to investigate ends up having little to do with most of the story. Still, I reluctantly gave it 4 out of 5 stars since I did enjoy it and read it quickly. This is the last available Memory Man book, although at least one more is planned. I’ll try another Balducci book to see if the formula changes.

Listening: Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey. Book four of The Expanse. A 20 hour audiobook, so it may take awhile to get through it. I’m about 25% through it.

Reading: Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandell. Civilization is destroyed by a virus. This is the story of a small group of survivors, about 20 years later. The story does jump between pre- and post-apocalypse. I’m about 50% through it, and while I like it, it’s disappointing because of all the great reviews and recommendations. I’ll finish it, because I’m supposed to love it, and maybe I will in the end. Plus, the sooner I finish it the sooner I can move to my next book. Written in 2014, so not COVID-19 inspired.

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