Not so unexpected fetishes and fixations of writers

I haven’t met a writer who doesn’t have an office supply affliction of some sort. Pens? Pencils? Papers? Journals? Notebooks? Chairs? I can’t even begin to cover the variety. Personally, I’ve never passed a totebag/bookbag that I didn’t want. I also really love the Circa notebooks that Levenger puts out (or ARCs by Staples) that let you pull paper out and put it back in easily. Don’t ask why I love these more than any other kind of notebook. I don’t have to make sense.

But like many writers, I like pens. I like all sorts of pens, but in particular, I like pretty pens. I have a number of them. I have some fountain pens that I need to figure out how to clean and fix because I’ve not taken care of them, and then I have some super pretty regular pens. If you can call super pretty regular. I also have pencils and regular pens with fine points and gel inks and so on. But I want to talk today about my latest pen. Made just for me! My friend, Devon Monk, a very fabulous writer, had been gifted a pen from a local pen-maker. It was an amazing steampunk-styled pen. I totally coveted it. So recently I contacted the Pen Guy (my new name for him) and asked if he could make me something. He asked what I wanted. I said surprise me. He asked about my favorite colors (purple), do I like dragons (I have three tattoos of them) and so on.

Last week I received my pen. OMG. It’s amazing. Stunning. I just adore it. So now I want to share it with you. And then you can tell me all about your fetishes and favorite office supplies or other writing necessaries. On top is a tiger eye cabochon. The barrel is a swirl of various purples. There’s a dragon claw around the waist that spins and dragon scales on the top and bottom, and the clip is a dragon. Isn’t it cool? Later I’ll post pictures of more pens. Because they are so cool!




About Diana Pharaoh Francis

A recovering academic, Diana Pharaoh Francis writes books of a fantastical, adventurous, and often romantic nature. She's owned by two corgis, spends much of her time herding children, and likes rocks, geocaching, knotting up yarn, and has a thing for 1800s England, especially the Victorians. Check out samples of just about everything on her website:


Not so unexpected fetishes and fixations of writers — 9 Comments

  1. Gorgeous, indeed. Is the Pen Guy looking for more customers? If so, you should post a link so others can find him.

    I love pens. (I lust for a real fountain pen — not a cartridge pen — like I used back in my school days.) I love notebooks. I love looking at displays of such things in the office supply store, or even the drugstore. I also love old manual typewriters of the kind I had as a kid. But while I always carry some kind of notebook and a pen, and do take notes, I do most of my serious writing on computers. I don’t really need the old tools very much — I just love them.

    • I love the idea of fountain pens, but my handwriting is far too messy for me to ever consider using one. I tend to use pencils (the mechanical kind, with very fine lead) for all my notes, so I can erase my mistakes. I’m also an inveterate revisor—simply crossing things out only makes my scribblings that much more illegible.

      I do jot ideas down in a notebook, but I do all of my serious writing on the computer. That way I can hope to make some sort of sense of it…

      • I found that my handwriting was far more legible when I had a fountain pen with a very broad nib.

      • There’s this amazing erasable pen (seriously, it ACTUALLY erases) called Frixion by Pilot. I use them a lot for writing notes. I used to use pencils all the time but I really like these.

  2. I probably should mention his name. I’m not even sure he’s got a website. I stalked him on FB :D.

    I had to get an old manual typewriter. Have wanted one ever since the opening of Murder She Wrote. I do most of my writing on computer, too, but I do a lot of note taking and thinking on paper.

    • I used a manual typewriter all through college, but then my parents snatched it back to use in running their weekly newspaper. (70s. No computers.) I wish I’d snatched it back when they sold the paper.

      I do carry around a notebook and pen at all times.

  3. Don’t fly with a good fountain pen if it is ‘loaded’. It not only leaks, but apparently the air pressure change makes the ink bladder permanently incontinent. You can guess how I know this. And that was the best pen I have ever owned, blast it.