Write Notepads ZHŪ Winter Edition.

These notebooks, the winter edition from our friends at Write Notepads pay tribute to the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Pig. They come dressed in red, with a lusciously textured coverstock that is on the light-weight side. Within, Comrades will find 48 pages of bright white paper with a dot-grid ruling. All of the usual things that we ever have to say about pocket notebooks from this company hold true here too. The construction is simple and durable. The attention to detail is top-notch. And the design is wonderful.

And would you look at that gold foil stamping!?

Unfortunately, these sold out really quickly. (EDIT: These are still available from CW Pencils!) This is generally becoming the case each quarter, as Write Notepads seems to step up their game with each limited edition pocket notebook they release. When your Humble Editor found out about the theme, he was floored by the simple genius of the idea and its perfect execution.

Mary Shelley’s Pencils.

It was supposed to be my post-NaNoWriMo reward, but I finally got around to seeing the recent biopic Mary Shelley. The critics’ reviews were mixed, but I enjoyed the film myself. Elle Fanning has sad eyes, which were perfect to portray Shelley.

Of course, there was much in the way of stationery in this film about a writer (and two other writers). While Percy wrote with a plume, Mary always used a pencil in the film. It looked like some square/oval sectioned pencil, and her habit of twirling it was a sort of chorus in the film.

The film opens to the sound of a pencil scratching over a piece of paper, and pencil lovers will find the rest of the picture to be a treat as well.

Write Start Again.

Back in 2012, I posted about my daughter getting into these pencils by Crayola called Write Start. It seems that they’re out of production, but I found some online and bought them for my youngest daughter. If you can get ahold of some for a young person in your life — or anyone else who enjoys colored pencils with pretty hard cores — definitely pick them up. The wide hex shape and the natural finish really make these pencils winners in my book.

Mastering the Piece.

My kindergartner came home from school yesterday with a broken and displaced collarbone. Since we were home all day today together, we got into some Pencil Action. He had a tiny stub of a Ticonderoga in the chest pocket of his flannel shirt all day and looked at least seven different kinds of adorable with it. In the evening, he asked me if it would be interesting to sharpen the pencil all the way down to the ferrule, after we practiced using his special sharpener for left-handed kids.

Enter the Masterpiece. We sharpened this little Ticonderoga stub until we hit ferrule with the blade. I am pretty sure that this particular specimen dates back to around 2010. It still smelled amazingly when we sharpened it. Now if our friends in Germany could make a left-handed version of this sharpener, they would have a lifelong customer in my Henry.

I don’t know what he’s going to do with this pencil yet. He says that it’s going to take a very long time to dull the point. The dad in me thinks it looks a little dangerous, but the pencil fan is of course mesmerised.

Please try this at home.

(Bear with his first MMX.)

Blue Joy.

This was too satisfying to only share on Instagram. White supremacists are demonstrating less than an hour away, and I have family in the service who are on call. Maybe I just need the distraction myself.