A Nerd’s Obsession

12 Feb

I have an obsession with writing utensils.  I love to write, especially when it involves a good writing tool paired with a smooth surface .   I can sit and doodle and practice new ways of forming the alphabet letters for a long time.  I can carry on a conversation about ink pens, pencils, markers, crayons and highlighters for longer than what is socially acceptable.  I’m a nerd.  On most days I have on hand in my purse at least 3 writing utensils– AT LEAST.

Here are some of my current favorites:

From top to bottom:  1.  Sakura MICRON 01– seriously my most favorite pen I have ever owned, 2.  A fancy PaperMate pen that my dad gave me when I was about 15 years old– I buy ink refills for it because I love it so much, 3.  Sharpie: Ultra Fine Point– I think I have or have had every color they make of this style marker, 4.  PaperMate Profile Medium point– This pen is the perfect ballpoint pen,  5.  ZIG Ball .5mm– I love how fast this ink flows,  6.  Pilot G-2 07– Just a good ol’ gel ink pen,  7.  BIC Mechanical Pencil #2 .7mm–  Great for writing super small in pencil,  8.  Dixon Ticonderoga Soft #2 Pencil, I have loved you since I met you in 2001.

I seriously could write a lot more about each of those writing instruments, but I really don’t want to bore my readers.

I knew my obsession with pens was a bit out-of-control, but the day I cleaned out just the drawers in my house and found all of these I got a little embarrassed and I had to face my obsession.

That does not even include all the cups of pens, jars of pens, pens in bags and purses, containers of artist tools and other random places that I keep an ink handy.  Here’s a few pictures of more writing tools that are not included in the above picture:

And what’s with all the highlighters?!?  I rarely even highlight.

Ok, so here’s the deal.  After seeing all of these spread all over my table, I realized that it was a bit out-of-control and I was overwhelmed thinking at the money that was spent.  I made a little deal with myself to not buy anymore pens, except for the few artist pens I use regularly with my artwork, until the majority of these run dry.  I’ve done well with keeping up that deal…except the other day when I got that new pack of Flair Ultra Fine Tip pens.  I mean, they were regularly $13 and I got them for $3, y’all!  I’m really done now.


4 Responses to “A Nerd’s Obsession”

  1. KCC! February 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    It’s very comforting to know I am not alone in this particular obsession. I’m surprised the PaperMate Expressions pen didn’t make the cut!

    • Jill Denton February 15, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

      I almost included the PaperMate Expression, but I haven’t been using it as much lately, so I left it out of the list.

  2. Lisa McLeroy March 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    Just a note: Always keep your pencils, colored and otherwise, pointed up in their containers so as not to break the point and you’ll always see which ones are sharp and ready to use!!

    • Jill Denton March 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

      Thanks, Lisa for your suggestion. In the past I stored mine point upwards, but it’s not my preference for a couple of reasons: 1. Many times I jabbed myself with pencils that had sharp points and 2. I often grabbed the wrong pencil with colors that are close in shade. So for me, I like mine point down.

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