As some of you know, I spend my days surrounded by fountain pens because that's my day job. As I've worked with "nice" writing instruments pretty much all of my working life, I pay a lot of attention to the pen I use. I enjoy to touch them; I enjoy to write with them; and I don't like to use cheap throw-away ballpens you can get at every corner. I ban them from my house, much to the chagrin of my husband who hardly ever notices what he's writing with. Recently, I got a particularly nice fountain pen for my birthday. Its barrel shows autumn leaves as my birthday is in autumn, it has gorgous colors that make me happy even if the weather is so bland it brings me down, and it writes like a dream. I filled it with brown ink as the finishing touch - and now I enjoy taking notes more than ever.
Beside my fountain pen, I love pencils. They are so . . . forgiving. And flexible. I like that concept of erasing things and starting again. If you look at the tools a writer has to have, a keyboard is certainly more important than a pen . . . but we all take notes whereever we go; we all love to have pen and paper within reach to make sure our darting ideas don't escape before we catch them. How about you? Do you write with fountain pens at all? Do you prefer rollerballs or ball pens? Or even pencils? Do you have a much-loved pen that you never want to lose? Or it it all the same to you as long as the thing writes?