Dig We Must (Part I)
Thanks to recent shout outs on Bitch Magazine’s Bitch List and several other places, my humble little pen blog is getting all sorts of traffic. So I thought I’d take the time to introduce myself and talk a little about why I do this here pen blog.
- Does This Pen Write? is a spin off of my cult o’ personality blog – Snarky’s Machine, which contrary to popular belief has no unifying theme other than all its content is generated by me. As SnM began to sharpen its focus into a home for wayward content, which cannot always be easily categorized, I needed a place for all my pen, writing and The Shining commentary.
Does This Pen Write? – or DTPW?, if you’re into the whole brevity thing – is the place where I blather passionately about pens, office products and the lost art of writing by hand. While I am hardly a luddite, I do find myself at odds with the current cultural obsession with electronic forms of previously written communication – such as PDAs and Smartphones. To paraphrase the Dude: I still track my action items manually.
- The true driving force behind this blog is the RoseArt/Mega Brand SRX-770 Grip Roller Ball Pen, which for nearly four years was the pen I used exclusively:
Ah, the mighty RoseArt SRX-770 grip. This is my favorite pen. Perfect in every way. Thick barrel, substantial length and nice dark, smooth ink. Unfortunately, I have four left and have been unable to find them at Kmart anymore. I have scoured the depths of the internet to find someone selling these damn things. They are cheap $4.99 for a pack of four and utterly dreamy. I want a pen fairy to send me a box of them. I keep putting twenty bucks under my pillow and wake up each morning with no box of SRX-770s. Still, I use them with wild abandon. Again, not refillable so there’s no way for me to cannibalize this pen and save the barrel.
When I started the blog I was down to my last blister pack of these pen and feared I would not be able to find something I enjoyed at a comparable price point. It was through blogging, interacting with other folks and test driving tons of pens that I sort of figured out The Special Pen was a journey, not a destination. It’s an individual state of mind. It’s also a lot like falling in love and getting your heart smashed; eventually, you will in fact love again. It’s been six months since DTPW?’s inception and despite possessing only two SRX-770s I am loving again, so to speak.
- In between reviewing products and generating heaps of content elsewhere, I committed myself to seriously launching my freelance career. I figure I had the content machine working and it was time for a dedicated space for the magic. So I started a series of semi-helpful posts about my quest to turn my guest room/room of broken dreams into a home office of the goddesses. But in keeping with the spirit of DTPW?, which is all about accessibility, budget and resourcefulness, I couldn’t go over $199.00 and 3/4 of that budget had to come from selling off existing items I no longer needed.
Here’s the entire series:
• Home Office at the End of the World
• Home Office at the End of the World: Revenge of the Fallen
• Home Office at the End of the World: The Year We Make Contact
• Home Office at the End of the World: First Contact
• Home Office at the End of the World: Money Never Sleeps
• Home Office at the End of the World: The Voyage Home
Another thing about DTPW? is I really like keeping the posts under 700 words. So we’ll continue this superhero origin story in part two…