Can You Ever Go Home Again, Toto?
Post-Script: Mention should be made of this recent blog article about the Bic Cristal, within which is mentioned Little Flower Petals' own recent blog article.
My brother's writing methods are worth mentioning. As I indicated, he uses Bic Cristal pens (usually blue) on lined filler paper or spiral notebooks. Having a quick, bold print, and being a fast writer, he's taken to writing on both sides of the paper, but with one important novelty. First, he skips every other line, giving himself room for edits and revisions. Second, he staggers the order of the lines on the reverse side, such that the imprint from one side's writing shows through on the blank lines of the other side. Simple, effective and rather ingenious, a necessity for someone who's taken to writing and editing in longhand on paper.
As I sat down at the steam-powered desktop PC to crank out this blog article, I picked up some anonymous promotional pen waiting for me beside the keyboard; it wrote much worse than the Bic Cristal, further testament to Mssr. Bich's invention. While I don't intend on giving up my fountain pens anytime soon (in fact, I need to rotate out my Lamy Safari for the Pelikan), I suspect these humble Bic pens will become a regular part of my writerly life.
Photo via Lumix G5 and the 20mm-f/1.7 lens wide open; typecast via Hermes Rocket (which performed spectacularly today, no issues at all, aside from my typographical errors).