I don’t use ink very much anymore.
Although I always carry pens with me and use them for obvious things like signing checks, but most of my writing by hand is related to poetry, which I tend to do in pencil, usually a 0.7 mm mechanical.
Most of my writing these days is via computer. No ink or graphite required.
I do, however, read a lot of ink. I still prefer print magazines and books over electronic. I find it much easier to leaf through a physical book or magazine than to scroll or jump to a page.
I hope to have a physical book of my own published someday, either a chapbook or poetry collection. Or both!
Ink will be necessary.
Linda’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday this week is “ink.” Join us! Find out how here: https://lindaghill.com/2017/11/24/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-nov-25-17/
I was perturbed a couple of months ago to receive a copy of Everyday with Rachel Ray when I had been expecting More magazine. There was a letter enclosed, saying that More had ceased publishing and that my subscription had been transferred.
I was not amused.
I didn’t feel that Rachel Ray was a a good substitute, so I contacted the publisher to cancel it, but the larger upset was the loss of More.
More was designed for middle-aged women, featuring articles and interviews on more serious topics than most similar magazines. While there were also pieces on fashion, they acknowledged that women in their forties, fifties, and sixties should be themselves, and not try to emulate the look of someone in their twenties or thirties.
It was refreshing.
Maybe I cursed it, though.
I had submitted a personal essay to them which I had submitted to several other magazines over the course of years. I think More makes the fourth magazine to which I submitted it that stopped publishing, three of them before they officially rejected my manuscript.
Perhaps, someday, I’ll give up and post my essay here, instead.
At least, I have control over the content – and possible demise – of Top of JC’s Mind.