First, congrats to everyone who attempted and or completed Inktober. I didn’t get nearly as far along on my Inktober as I had wanted. I got about 24 or so of the 31 drawings done. Some I did twice because I didn’t like how they turned out the first time. I didn’t stick to my plans at all. In the past, I’ve been good about using very specific themes (pre-selected) before October 1 and predetermined tools which are also pre-selected. This year, I didn’t have all my topics for each chosen and I waffled about my materials. I used a Stillman & Birn Zeta sketchbook which has heavyweight smooth paper. I found it in a sale bin somewhere. I hadn’t used the Zeta before. While I liked the extra heavyweight paper, the smooth finish was not my favorite. I prefer the finish on the Alpha sketchbooks. As for materials, I started with just Copic markers but I got a little bored with my color palette and broke out my watercolor set. So, I guess the theme this year was “rule breaker.” I’ll post some of the images later this weekend.
Next up, today is the start of NaNoWriMo. If drawing is not your thing but writing is, November is your month. You can finally write that novel you’ve been promising yourself you’ll write “someday.” Just write 50, 000 words between November 1 and November 30. No problem, right?
If you’re more of a knitter/crocheter, than maybe you’d rather NaKniSweMo? Where writers write 50,000 words, knitters knit 50,000 stitches and attempt to complete a sweater in a month. It’s probably not quite as epic a challenge as writing the Great American (or Canadian or Armenian or Egyptian or wherever you are from) Novel, but in the knitting world, a sweater can often be our own Everest. So, while you write, we can sit beside you in companionable silence (or grumbling). NaKniSweMo is something Laura and I have been doing it so long, we are the moderators for the official Ravelry forum. I make “ravatars” and Laura does the hard work of actually moderating the forum and organizing prizes and whatnot.
But wait, that’s not all. Today is also Fountain Pen Day! This a chance to celebrate and share the love of fountain pens with fans and the uninitiated alike. Many brick and mortar and online shops are having special sales. There is even a special FPD pen and ink. Check out the Fountain Pen Day site for links to participating shops and help spread the love of fountain pens.