Monday Musings

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Things I Did This Week:

Noodler’s Heart of Darkness Ink Review

Wednesday Words

Waterman Mysterious Blue Ink Review


I’ve been working on reviewing the October 2015 Ink Drop and I will have the rest of my reviews up this week for that! I have been trying out a different review format, and I really like how I am doing it. If you have any thoughts on what could be changed or what I could do better, just comment! I appreciate all of the feedback from my readers.

National Novel Writing Month is coming up, and I think I want to participate! Over the next week or so I’ll be planning that out and getting an outline started. I’ll be doing all 50,000 words by hand with my trusty fountain pens!

I have also updated the Pen People page with more blogs and more retailers you can check out.

If you have any requests for a pen or an ink review, just comment or email me at and I will do my best to get it up on The Southpaw Pen!

Thanks for reading everyone!


Waterman Mysterious Blue Ink Review

Hey everyone! This is my next installment of the October 2015 ink drop ink reviews! Every month after the Goulet Pen Company announces the monthly ink drop, I will review all 5 of the inks during the week so you can have an idea of what they all look like! This time it is Waterman Mysterious Blue.

Waterman Mysterious Blue



  • Quick dry time.
  • Workplace friendly.
  • A grey-blue that could be a nice alternative to a blue-black if you want something less dark.


  • Not waterproof.
  • Color could come off as a little dull.



It is a nice ink, but isn’t my favorite. It was a cool one to get a sample of, but I think the color is just a little too dull. If I want a blue/turquoise for daily use I would use Diamine Eau de Nil.

You can pick up a bottle of Waterman Mysterious Blue (50 mL) for $11.00 at the Goulet Pen Company.


If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or requests don’t hesitate to comment here or email me at

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday Words



Noodler’s Heart of Darkness Ink Review

Welcome back to another ink review on The Southpaw Pen! This ink I received in the October 2015 Goulet Pens ink drop named “Witching Hour” – a Halloween themed ink drop. I put it in my Vanishing Point and fell in love! I have a bottle of it on the way now and can’t wait to fill my Vanishing Point again.

Noodler’s Heart of Darkness



  • Well behaved.
  • Waterproof/bulletproof.
  • Nice solid black.
  • Workplace friendly.


  • If you like working with color, this is a fairly plain black.



I love this ink – it is a great workplace ink as well as just a general everyday writer. I can see why everyone is excited about this ink. It has great properties, well behaved on all sorts of paper, and is waterproof!

You can pick up Noodler’s Heart of Darkness at Goulet Pens for $19.00 for a 4.5oz bottle (with a free pen!).


If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or requests don’t hesitate to comment here or email me at

Thanks for reading!


Monday Musings

Pen Related Things:

Tactile Turn Gist Fountain Pen / Kickstarter Launch on Ed Jelley

Ink Shot Review: Diamine Sparkling Shadows on Gourmet Pens

Noodler’s Dostoyevsky on Inkdependence

What is Utility? on Fountain Pen Economics

Things I Did:

Custom Newton Gibby Pen Review

Diamine Eau de Nil Ink Review

Wednesday Words

I really didn’t do a lot of reading on other things today – I’ve been focused on taking care of my boyfriend who has pneumonia and studying for some exams that are coming up.


Wednesday Words

This is a new segment I want to start called “Wednesday Words”. Basically taking a quote and doing some lettering and handwriting practice.

This week is a quote by the German philosopher, Friedrick Nietzche.



Diamine Eau de Nil Ink Review

Hey everyone! I’m back with another ink review! This time it is a beautiful color from Diamine called Eau de Nil. Currently, this dark turquoise is my favorite go to ink and I’ve been using it daily since I received it in a “Surprise Me!” sample from Goulet Pens.


Dry Time: 10-15 seconds

Saturation: Very saturated.

Water Resistance: A little resistant.

Shading: Some shading.

Flow: Wet.

Ghosting: Little.

Bleedthrough: None.


I love this ink. It is a dark turquoise, with almost an undertone of grey to it. I don’t think I’d consider it someones everyday writer, or work appropriate, but it is my favorite ink for journalling and for note taking. I have it currently inked in my Newton Custom Pen, and as of writing this review it is far and above all of the other inks I’ve tried as my favorite.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or requests don’t hesitate to comment here or email me at

Thanks for reading!