Back to School & Writing

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Fri, 08-17-2012 - 2:41pm

Just wondering if the back to school rush is having any kind of impact on your writings? Besides the obvious benefit of it maybe freeing up some time for those with children, I wondered if the hustle and bustle in the stores or just the smell of school supplies inspired any ideas? I know anytime I smell crayons or glue, those school day memoires just come rushing back like mad!

Maybe that's what has made me the office supply junkie I am today! LOL

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Fri, 08-17-2012 - 6:13pm

cm bren, did I ever tell you that I love you?  I just about said this to everybody but you, (a grave omission on my part).  You are something else, so diplomatic, so politically aware, so good at what you do.

I guess we are in a rut at the moment with nothing much happening here on PW, which you have so shrewdly observed, but never mind, we have died the death before and have always come back strong, especially with suggestions such as yours right now. xxx

I never had you pegged as a  "junkie", welcome to the club.

 

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Mon, 08-20-2012 - 12:53pm

LOL... You are so good for my ego, validating my feeble attempt at a discussion topic -- You are a charmer, my dear man! And now I discover you are an OS junkie, too? Be still, my heart! Dare I ask you to share your office supply of choice?

My office supply addictions center mostly on black ink pens and notebooks, but I can literally spend hours in an office supply store checking out everything.

I attribute my addiction to my father... He loved pen and pencil sets and would, with great ceremony, share his new acquisitions with me. From that, I became obsessed with pens and to this day, I love "discovering" new favorites. Once, on a visit to our lawyer to sign some documents, I produced my own pen to sign and we ended up engaging in a 30 minute discussion on ink types, ink colors, point choices and pen styles. That resulted in the both of us swapping favorites, while my DH looked on in astonishment, especially once he realized we weren't billed for the additional time! LOL

Notebooks/notepads would be my second favorite addiction and at this time of year, with back to school sales on those, I can way too easily over-dose. Even in this age of computers, I'm compelled to use old fashion pen and paper, my version of a hard copy. :smileywink:

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Tue, 08-21-2012 - 10:27am

Dear c/m bren, thank you for your time and your reply.  It is so good to read something here just now.  Maybe not poems, but I think you have a talent for writing that is hidden away behind your several community duties.  

We have an office supply company called  "STAPLES", and I too love nothing better than to check out everything, staplers, hole punches, pens and pencils etc.  I bought a set of calligraphy pens (a while ago) and was quite pleased with my attempts at these forms; I've let it slip of late but am determined to have another go.

I too have a pen story, during my army days,I purchased a small Parker pen in Cyprus in 1953, for the princely sum of £1.  Golden arrow, gold nib and gold band round the top of the cap.  After many, many years, it was still as good as ever.  My daughter used it through most of her school-days (circa early seventies) Sometime in the early nineties I thought it needed a nib change, I took it to a large, posh store that had a special department for writing implements, to my amazement, they wanted £69 pounds just for a nib, and bear in mind, this was at a time when gold prices had not gone through the roof.  It still writes with the original nib.

I hope between us that we may encourage a few more stories like this, happy writing.

 

 

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Wed, 08-22-2012 - 2:31pm

Oh my... A Parker pen from the 50's; I have to admit to a wee bit of envy. 

I would have expected the replacement nib cost to exceeded the original purchase price, but 69 times? That had to have been a shock!  But, the good thing is that from a collector's standpoint, your pen is probably worth more with the original nib still intact. :smileywink: No way you'd find that kind of quality and craftsmanship in a product today... At least not without spending a whole lot more than today's equivalent to that 1953's £1!

Good luck with the calligraphy; it's a beautiful art form that I'd hate to see disappear.