I Love Pens And I’m Not Afraid to Say It
October 25, 2011 § 8 Comments
I was going to do another Episode of Small Things that have Changed My Life (long title, maybe I should rephrase that… later), but obviously there is a more pressing matter at hand. My use of Pens vs. Pencils.
To start this off the right way, I will use a quotation I believe in dearly. That’s right. Hellogoodbye sings it. (I have a bit of a thing for boys named Forest. Tehee.) “Dear Jamie, I’ve got some things I’d like to set in pen. I would have used a pencil but leads just not permanent.” Oooh. It just gives me shivers. Shivers I tell you!
And I firmly believe that’s true. If you want something to matter it has to matter for a long time, and if it matters for a long time, it has to show up for a long time. And pencil rubs off, ink doesn’t. Plus permanence is just romantic any way. Never wanting the words you say to change. Never wanting the dialect you choose to falter into oblivion. Wanting what you say to matter so much, that it will be eternally true. *siiiigh*
((Wow. I may have a crush on permanence.))
Anyway, I also love the fact that it’s black. Black words on white paper is pretty. I’m okay with blue too though, although not for writing. For drawing maybe but not for writing. The pen just makes it look… cleaner, I guess. Like I put more thought into how what I was saying looked as well as sounded. I appreciate beauty.
I love holding the pen. I love controlling the ink. I love creating things that won’t go away with an eraser.
Also, as was mentioned in a former post, I really, *really* like writing on myself. Currently I have the words: “Sometime perfection can be perfect/ hell” (-Jack’s Mannequin) on my ankle and the words: “Put you face into my neck and let it all fall out” (-Missy Higgins) on my palm. My wrist is covered in flowers bluming and my fingers have my new favorite blog address written across them. My shoulder, has it’s ever-present heart pressed on it in black ink.
Which is not to say I don’t like pencils. i do. I like them a lot. I’m an artist. I must have erasable writing utensils around sometimes, I just don’t rely on them as heavily as I rely on my black pens.