I love writing - not just the manipulation of words and ideas, but the actual act of putting pen to paper. I have several fountain pens that I enjoy using but I'm not above snagging a free pen with an insurance agent's name emblazoned across it...Roller balls, gels, stick bics, you name it, it's probably tucked away somewhere in the house. Which explains this pile taken from my desk:
This doesn't include the pens from the kitchen. Or my work area.
I've begun the process of sorting/tossing and, honestly, how many pens does a person need?! Have you ever read (in Real Simple, e.g.) how much sense it makes to label your miscellaneous, but vital, cords? You can see that I've also begun labeling a few cords - that one is for my camera - but the thought occurred to me that there are a lot of very similar cords floating around the house, and here, in context, I know which is which, but once they're packed and unpacked and my context no longer exists.....And it may seem an insignificant start but I have started, and it makes sense to tackle whatever area I happen to be using. That way I can do 5 minute attacks all over rather than facing a 10 hour just-slog-through-it-session, which will no doubt happen eventually, but right now this is working for me.
But we were talking about writing utensils. And this semester I rediscovered the delights of mechanical pencils. They flow. They glide. They make a satisfying scritch. They makes taking notes (almost) effortless. This little blue model set me back about $1.25 - and I'd be lost without it! I'm on the lookout for another model - an upgrade.