Putting pen to paper again

I grew up as a left-hander before they really had very many left-handed things, so I learned to use many things like scissors in my right hand or both hands. I also used a lot of right-handed desks, which may explain the hook. I like to think it caused me to look at things in life from more than one perspective.

I'm an engineer and computer scientist, not a writer or artist, although I do love design and trying my hand at design. Recently, I've been trying to do more design and so started to revisit the tools. I used to draw a lot more, mostly cars, but I never pursued it enough. I dug out my old drafting tools, and even though I never did much with them outside of school, I felt their draw.

Then I remembered for a long time I had been wanting to find a pen for daily use that wasn't so difficult to write with. I'd come close with the Pilot G-2 which weren't too bad much of the time, but being left-handed, the long dry time was not great, they would often skip, leak and were a bit sloppy. Another thing I enjoy a lot is podcasts, and I must have been listening to one of Myke Hurley's old 70 Decibels network shows an heard a cross-promotion of his Pen Addict podcast with Brad Dowdy that did the Pen Addict blog. Suddenly, I'm binge-listening and immersed in a new world. I'm nowhere near fountain pens yet. I'm probably too lazy for those; heck, I find a capped pen almost too much trouble.

Soon, I was seeking better paper and on to my first Field Notes notebooks. This uncovered a slight notebook addiction, and soon I had more notebooks than I could use. Yes, the pens were piling up as well. This is all normal for a geek when they wade into something new; they are all over the space seeking the optimal. But I wasn't just obsessing about pens. It was a resurfacing of some old interests never thoroughly explored.