Archive for Guest Bloggers
Today we welcome guest blogger Bob Miano. All text and images courtesy of Bob.
This is a new custom-made Edison Pen Company #76 “Blow Filler.” Blow filling was one of many early means of filling fountain pens. Filling the pen involves blowing into a small hole at the end of the barrel while the nib is submerged in ink. Blowing creates pressure inside the pen that compresses the ink sac. When blowing is stopped, the pressure is released and the ink sac expands back to its original size – drawing ink into the sac. Continue Readering »
Bring Back My Webbie to Me!
By Amit Yariv from Ramat Hasharon, Israel
It was the Great Winston Churchill who said, “I am a man of simple tastes, easily satisfied with the best”, a statement to which I (and I suspect quite a few of this blog’s readers) subscribe with heart and soul.
I am both a lawyer and a writer – both occupations I like quite a bit, one of them allows me to create reality unbound by the rules of logic, sense or common morals; the other one is my writing career. Continue Readering »
Allow me to paint an image in your mind. You wake up tomorrow and find that you and everyone else around you began to sound the same. Would you be alarmed? If our voices one day were stripped away and replaced with this monotone robotic voice we would all lose a part of our identity. Our syntax, tone, pitch, the way your voice picks up a few notches when you get excited or the way your voice gets soft when you’re scared. It conveys a message that cannot be replaced.
Like a child on Christmas morning, I excitedly opened the package from Exaclair knowing inside I would find the Rhodia ePure samples sent my way from the home office.
This would be my first experience with Rhodia products and I looked forward to seeing what all the fuss was about. Continue Readering »
What do you think of this pen? Our friend Mike in Chi Town sent us this image of his recent acquisition.
“This is a Visconti Portofino L.E. # 26 of 150 made exclusively by Visconti for the Fountain Pen Hospital c2001.
What is so UNIQUE about this pen is Continue Readering »
“I’m a journalist (currently working for the Jersey Journal) who uses Rhodia notepads exclusively while on the job. It took me a while to figure out exactly what worked best for me, but I believe I’ve found it: the spiral-bound Rhodia No 13 with graph paper. Continue Readering »
This is Joyce Pepos’s writing retreat in Mount Hood, Oregon. (I *LOVE* this!)
From Joyce: “This sweet writing space is located on an old logging deck of 40 years back – which we have turned into a meadow of wild flowers and a large outside fire pit – we also have built a Labyrinth which is dug into the ground five feet deep and 35 feet wide… awesome! Continue Readering »
Rhodia fan Brandon made wall paper for our iPhones! T0o Cool! Thanks Brandon!
“Since I carry a gridded No 11 pad with me at almost all times and have stacks of various other size pads that I use (I go through a gridded No 16 every month) a Rhodia theme for my iPhone was almost a no brainer. I based the single staple and creases on a No 11 and ended up doing two different grid sizes. The larger grid winds up about true to life size once it’s on the screen (as seen in the second image). I’ve attached the wallpaper images should anyone like them.”
-Brandon Copper Eleff
Kate Marshall writes today’s guest post about how she is able to tell all of her multiple Webbies apart:
“At some point, I realized I had multiple Rhodia Webnotebooks around: ruled pages, blank pages, black cover, orange cover, generation 2.0, generation 3.0, etc. My favorite Webnotebook (“Webbie,” as Rhodia Drive has started calling them) are the large, black ones but I needed a quick way to tell one Webbie apart from the other. Labels don’t seem like much fun, especially since I can’t sketch or paint, or even draw competent stick figures. Enter…stickers! My current diary is a large, black Rhodia Webbie with unlined pages but I have similar Webbies scattered around my room, in various states of completion. So the “diary” Webbie has a Tomato Nation sticker on it, while the “school” Webbie sports a cheery “Timmy the Monkey” from Think Geek. I’m sure there’s a Webbie emblazoned with an Ink Drop sticker around here somewhere too.
So what will I do when I get my hands on a Webbie in Rhodia’s new DotGrid pattern? Ooh, stickerbooks!”
“Most of the time, writing is ephemeral… menus or reminders left on the fridge, note taking, grocery lists, announcements… We don’t usually conserve these writings. Most of the time also, the tools we use to write these ephemeral notes… pencils, chalk, even ball-points, don’t last much. Using them is destroying them. We tend to not even notice their presence. Yet, they are scattered through our daily lives.” – Fernan Carrière
© All Rights Reserved (Image and text) courtesy of Fernan Carrière
In a recent post asking about your Favorite Places to Write, we received this wonderful response from Beverly:
“When I was young, a mom, housekeeper, etc., I used to steal minutes to write anywhere I could to write. Now I have the great luxury of choosing where, when and how long to sit and think. As I told my Rhodia journal a few weeks ago, “I used to dream of this when the baby spilled her milk while the three-year-old needed his shoe tied and his elbow scrape cleaned and bandaged while the phone rang. Continue Readering »
Our latest Guest Blogger is Thomas from the delightfully eccentric bleubug blog.
“I’m certainly a person who enjoys writing instruments both vintage and modern. Throw a few inks (or a few hundred) into the equation I’m happy as a clam or maybe an inky squid. But there are marks on paper beyond those made by fluid and pen which while archaic or unnoticed I do enjoy, so let me make mention of them. Continue Readering »
Today I welcome Casey Criswell as guest blogger on Rhodia Drive. An author of short stories and noted movie blogger, Casey is also co-host of the “Bloody Good Horror” podcast.
I’ve been a writer for a few years now. I’ve spent the majority of those years with a notebook and fountain pen faithfully by my side. My brain just works better that way! The notebooks and pens have often changed throughout the years, but one thing stayed constant; I was always a staunch black ink user. Continue Readering »
If so, contact me via e-mail at stephanie at rhodiadrive dot com with your proposed subject matter. We are looking for posts ranging in length from 100-500 words. Photos to accompany the article are a welcome bonus. If you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that the subject matter ranges from discussions about new or improved products from the Exaclair line, hobbies such as art & writing, and the occasional story from personal experience.
Nothing ventured nothing gained.. here’s hoping to hear from you!
Image courtesy of Biffybeans © All Rights Reserved
Christina Villecco is an attorney and consultant who works in fashion merchandizing and related services. She also maintains a style blog, Wearing White After Labor Day. Here’s what she had to say about Paul Smith Rhodia pads:
“No outfit is complete without the perfect accessories. Whether you’re a fashion addict like me, or someone who occasionally browses the New York Times Style section, the Rhodia notepad is a must-have. I’ve never been a one-size-fits-all kind of girl, so when it comes to my notebooks, there’s no exception. When Rhodia celebrated their 75th anniversary last year by collaborating with English fashion legend Paul Smith, the result was both obvious and irresistible. The iconic orange and black notepads got a facelift with ironic images from the English brand. If you’re wearing a simple white T and jeans kind of dresser, the classics are still a safe bet. But if you have a little edge in your step and prefer to mix stripes and patterns, try out the Paul Smith logo collection for an accessory sure to put the finishing touch on your ensemble.”