After all the grumping I did about my Morning Pages notebooks being discontinued, I’m getting used to the new model, which I started using a couple of days ago. The transition was marked by one of those just-enough-milk-in-the-cereal-bowl moments that make a day special: my pen ran out of ink on the final paragraph of the final page of the old model notebook.
I took this as a Sign that it was time to talk about my current Favorite Pen.
It is not a Mont Blanc.
A good pen is important for Morning Pages work. You want something that glides across the page, doesn’t leave behind blobs of ink, clips nicely to your notebook or slides inside the spiral so it’s there when you need it, and (if you have small hands), isn’t too chunky or so heavy you’re aware of it. You also want it Not Expensive in case it rolls off the table and down a register at the neighborhood coffee shop.
A few years ago I discovered the Uni-ball Jetstream, which not only writes clearly and without fuss but has three nifty windows near the business end that let you see how low the ink is getting!
Jetstreams also are refillable. The refills aren’t necessarily stocked in the office superstores, but they’re readily available online. I’ve been buying them a handful at a time when I order toner or inkjet cartridges, ordering just enough to bump up the order to the Free Shipping level. Last autumn I lucked into a great sale so now I’m set for the next four years. (I tracked this once; a refill lasts me about a month, or 90-some pages).
If I were you, I’d get yours now, because when I like a product, it’s the kiss of death.
A certain brand of Tropicana guava-strawberry juice? Forget it.
Product managers at Walgreens routinely discontinue any personal care product I buy more than three times (“Look! She just bought White Rain conditioner and Act cinnamon-flavor fluoride rinse! Better drop those from the inventory”).
And has anybody tried to buy leggings recently–ones that go all the way to the ankle instead of stopping mid-calf?
My fault entirely.
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