Monday Musings

Pen Related Reads:

The Visconti Van Gohn Midi in Green Musk: A Review by The Pen Addict

Blogging and Human Capital by Fountain Pen Economics

Visconti Van Gogh Overview by Goulet Pens

Review: Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black by Alt. Haven

Visconti Rembrandt by The Calligraphy Nut

For more Fountain Pen Links, visit!

Other Things to Read:

N.J. Researchers Closing in on Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Tests by Laboratory Equipment

NASA Predicts a Near-Miss with Asteroid on Halloween by The Telegraph

‘DOTA 2’ Update Throws a Hidden Hint to ‘Half Life 3’ Release; VY movement, Chaperone, Squads Hinted by Yibada

NASA Picks Winners for 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Design Contest by

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!


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.

Monday Musings

Pen Related Things:

The Economics of Limited Editions (Part 2) by Fountain Pen Economics

An Interview with Shawn Newton by The Pen Addict

Iroshizuku Inks and Their Meanings, Part 3 by On Fountain Pens

Visconti Homor Sapiens Overview by Goulet Pens

Shimmerfy your own inks. Because you can. by Leigh Reyes

Macro photos on a budget: what you’ll need with your iPhone by The Clicky Post

Other Cool Things:

Financial Predictions for Battle for Zendikar by TCG Player

Copolymer Helps Make Flexible Li-Ion Battery Electrodes by C&EN

Polymer Additive Reduces Risk of Jet Fuel Catching Fire by C&EN

Things I Did:

Edison Nouveau Premiere Fall 2015 Edition – Midnight Thunder Review

Monday Musings

Hey everyone! I’m going to start a new thing on my blog called Monday Musings. I’ll just be a list of cool things I have seen and I think you should check out. Here we go!

Pen Related Things:

Ink Shot Review: Diamine Magical Forest at Gourmet Pens

Edison Nouveau Premiere Midnight Thunder Fall 2015 SE Fountain Pen at Goulet Pens

“Too Many” Pens Inked at The Pen Haul

Newton Pens “Moody” Review at Nib and Ink

Lamy 2000 Massdrop

Other Cool Things:

Liquid Water Exists on Mars, Boosting Hopes for Life There, NASA Says at CNN

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse 2015 Pictures and Video at The Telegraph

Things I Did:

Updates and New Things to The Southpaw Pen!

I don’t have a lot from this week because I’ve been studying for multiple exams this week. Hope you enjoy the reads!

Monday Blurb: Recent Purchases, Updates, and More!

Guys, I caved. I couldn’t stop myself – I have been thinking about this pen for the past few weeks and it won’t get off my mind. I’ve been watching videos, reading reviews, staring at the pen in the cart… I even have had multiple dreams of this pen.

I couldn’t resist, so I bought it.

Pilot Vanishing Point, Fine Nib

Pilot Vanishing Point Desert Orange – Photo from

The pen is so gorgeous – I mean, look at the retractable black-plated, 18k gold nib! I just can’t stop staring at pictures of this pen right now.

Right now it’s on its way from Anderson Pens along with some other goodies that include: a bottle of Diamine Autumn Oak, a Noodler’s Ahab, and a Tashikawa G Dip Nib to play with and see if I can get it on one of my Jinhaos to see if I can convert it to a dip pen so I can start doing ink reviews more often and consistently.

Other News….

I officially subscribed to Goulet Pens‘s Ink Drop program. For $10 a month, you get the 5 ink samples they selected for the month. I am very excited about this, mostly because August’s ink drop looks amazing.

August 2015 Ink Drop: Trailblazing – Photo from

I am so excited to try out the Noodler’s Apache Sunset in my Noodler’s Ahab I am getting soon. The Diamine Burnt Sienna and Fiber-Castell Moss Green look amazing too!

Anyway – I will try to have a few more reviews and other posts here soon. School has started and engineering is hard, so that’ll be taking up a lot of my time. A lot of my paper, ink, and pen reviews will probably include some of the notes I’ve been taking just because that is how I’ve been testing my inks…

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

Thanks for reading!