Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – March 13, 2022

I’m still doing book transcriptions for most of my fountain pen usage. But this week brought a new experience. On Thursday and Friday I got really frustrated about half way through the second page and just wanted to get it done or stop. I only did one page on Saturday in order to avoid the entire issue. It’s rather sudden. I going along, enjoying the pen and ink, then a switch flips and the frustration immediately appears and I just want to be done.

I did reach a minor milestone on Saturday – I finished a Doane Paper Writing Pad. It took about 3 weeks. I only have one left.

My journaling also suffered recently. I skipped 4 straight days, which I don’t like. I got back into it and have actually been writing slightly longer entries.

I need to come up with some other reason to do writing. I have a bit of writers block when it comes to writing pen reviews these days. Rather than transcription, I may start forcing myself to write one or two pages about a pen, and eventually try to turn those into a review.

I still managed to keep rotating through my fountain pens. One pen did reach “Last Used: 7 Days Ago” and others reach 6 days. But I managed to get through them.

Fountain pen status as of Saturday afternoon. 9 inked pens

I get a tad obsessive about when I can mark a pen as used, and think about that definition far too much.

  1. If I write a full page that pen gets marked as used. Mostly this is American 8.5″ X 11″ pages. They can be A5, B5 or really any other notebook except a pocket notebook. Although I suppose if I wrote a wall of text on a pocket notebook page I’d consider the pen used.
  2. If a pen goes dry while I’m using it I will mark the pen as used, no matter how much it’s written. If it’s replacement writes most of a page I will mark it as used.
  3. My journaling pen, the Kanilea Kona Cherry, gets marked as used no matter how long (or short) the entry is.
  4. Writing notes on the go, or at my desk, does not qualify a pen to get marked as used, although part of me thinks it should be. There have been times where I’ve done a lot of notes and marked the pen as used that day.
  5. Except for #4, I consider a page a wall of text. A 25 item checklist of two or three words per item is not a page.

It would be far easier, and make more sense, if a pen was used when I uncapped it and put ink on paper, no matter what amount. I tried that, but then I couldn’t remember the pens I might of used during the day which would bother me.

But, I can be obsessive about things like this. For example, I’m keeping track of what I eat and their calories. But I can’t use an app. If I do I will obsess over the nutrition data and spend a lot of time making it match food labels. Even though I know, in my brain, that the nutrition info isn’t all that precise. Keeping it in a notebook is far less accurate, but I don’t obsess over it.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Read: Our Woman in Moscow by Beatriz Williams. Historical Fiction. Spy thriller that runs from WWII into the 1950’s. Again, I’m in the minority and found this book to be a slog. While it eventually stopped ping-ponging between the three timelines, it took a little long for my tastes, as the present timeline is the only one I found slightly interesting. Even that was ruined by the book basically telegraphing the ending. Definitely not a thriller, but a unique perspective on spying in the 50’s. I gave it 2 out of 5 stars. 12k+ other Goodreads members have an average 4.1 star rating.

Read: Leave No Man Behind by Tony Brooks and Bob Welch. Tony Brooks’ autobiographical account of the 75th Army Ranger’s rescue mission in Afghanistan. It was a quick read. It’s hard to rate this book. It needs better editing to avoid repeated introductions to the same men and tighten up an already short book. Yet, it’s a compelling story. It also feels like a healing process for Dr. Brooks as the majority of it is his biography, feelings and opinions. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars because it is worth reading, but from a purely technical view I’d say 3 stars.

Reading: A Gambling Man by David Balducci. Book two of the Archer series. This had been my transcription book. After transcribing 4 chapters, I started reading it this weekend with Chapter 5.

Listening: Nemesis Games by James S.A. Corey. Book five of The Expanse. All the character are in this one, although many are off on their own adventures, and the Rocinante crew is split up (by their choice). My memory says I really enjoyed this one, and after getting through about a third of it my memory has been accurate. No progress this past week.

Transcribing: Dutch Girl by Robert Matzen. A biography of Audrey Hepburn during the five years of the Nazi Occupation.


  1. Penlux Masterpiece Grande (F) – Black & White Koi
  2. Benu Scepter II (EF)

Out of Rotation

  1. Kaweco AL-Sport Raw Aluminum (EF) emptied its Caran d’Ache Chromatics Vibrant Green cartridge. I won’t be refilling it right away.
  2. Sailor King of Pen, Royal Tangerine with a custom oblique-medium nib and a Sailor Shikiori Miruai ink cartridge went dry.

Into Rotation



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