You may have noticed (I know it took me a while to notice) that I’ve been on an unofficial, unannounced hiatus. I’m not here to make excuses, but I would like to fill you all in on some of the things I’ve been up to instead of codifying my pen opinions for vast internet consumption. In no particular order:
+ I opened my etsy shop!!! I don’t know what I’m doing!!! Please forgive me!!! Also, someone had already taken “nopenintended” as a screen name (the nerve!) so I had to go with npiNotebooks. I’ve got one type of notebook up now, though I’ve also got some sketchbooks already made, waiting in the wings.
+ I learned to run. Turns out running is really hard when you don’t have good motivation, like being chased by a hungry bear or a swarm of enraged bees. It’s also hard to write while running (though not at all hard to write about running, though most of those writings consist of obscenities pegged to the words “absolutely exhausted”). So far, I’ve completed one 5k.
+ I worked a lot of overtime. Gotta make that money, buy them pens (or, more like, pay those taxes, that vet bill, this motorcycle repair shop, etc., etc.)
+ I have been in the process of moving. For two months. It’s complicated, but almost done.
+ I joined our current century and got a smartphone last fall and WOW, it’s amazing how much time I’m able to waste now. Get nothing done in twice the time!
+ I battled an image thief! Wasn’t that hard, once I submitted the proper forms to eBay.
+ I’ve also gone to some writer’s workshops, a pen club meetup, taken way too many cell phone pictures of my cat, and otherwise squandered or slept through all the good picture-taking hours of the day.
What’s that? You want some cat pictures?
Now, I’ve got piles of pens to render judgment on (not to mention a small assortment of other office supplies) and a scattered collection of half-completed reviews to gather up and piece together. My goal is AT LEAST one review per week (and, in an ideal world, two reviews per week with a weekend mini review (but let’s not get too crazy too fast)). Let’s get back to having and expressing strong feelings about writing utensils!