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NaNoWriMo
One of the most difficult writing challenges is taking place next month: National Novel Writing Month. It is a spectacular commitment to write 50,000 words of a novel within the month of November. While we can't help you with the plot twists, analogies, or rising action, we can help you with great writing tools for undertaking the writing feat of the year. We've put together a collection of writing instruments, paper, and ink to make this NaNoWriMo incredibly productive.
 
What's Hot?
Lamy 2000
With a wonderfully smooth nib and a seemingly endless ink reservoir, the Lamy 2000 is an obvious choice. It features a thick grip section and no step, for comfortable holding. Functional, reliable, and beautiful- you'll love writing with it!
 
Noodler's Ahab
Looking for a smooth-writing economical option? Try a Noodler's Ahab fountain pen paired with a Goulet Nib. Increase its already large ink capacity by eyedroppering it. This is one pen and nib combo that could write forever!
Monteverde Invincia
The Monteverde Invincia Full Blue Anodized fountain pen is lightweight for easy writing. Offered in three nib sizes, you can post the cap for a balanced writing experience!
 
TWSBI Vac Mini
With a smooth-writing nib and a see through barrel to make it easy to assess your ink level, the TWSBI Vac Mini was made for composing serious prose.
 
Pilot Custom 823
Simple yet elegant, the Pilot Custom 823 fountain pen features a stunning 14k gold nib that will glide seamlessly across the page of your notebook. With a vacuum filling system for effortless refilling, this is a great option for penning your next manuscript.
 
Paper Perfection
Midori A5 Stiched Notebook
You'll love filling all 176 beautiful pages in the Midori A5 Stitched Notebook with your handwritten prose. With a bookmark to easily keep your place as you write, the A5 size is perfect for stashing in your bag and taking to the closest coffee shop.
 
Maruman Mnemosyne
Offered in lined ruling in both A4 and A5 sizes, the Maruman Mnemosyne notebook offers detachable lined pages, ideal for fountain pens. The wire binding means it lays flat for easy front and back writing.
 
Leuchtturm1917 Master Notebook
Craft a masterful novel in a Leuchtturm1917 Master Notebook! Featuring 233 numbered pages of fountain pen friendly paper, a table of contents, and two bookmarks, this puppy was made for long writing sessions.
 
Ideal Ink
Pilot Iroshizuku Take-sumi
With great flow and little feathering, Pilot Iroshizuku Take-sumi is a serious ink, ideal for lengthy writing.
 
Diamine Oxford Blue
Deep blue with red sheen, Diamine Oxford Blue is professional and fun. Fill your fountain pen from bottles or samples.
 
Noodler's Cactus Fruit Eel
A dynamic and deep magenta, Noodler's Cactus Fruit Eel will stand bright against the page and is a great option for editing!
 
Caran d'Ache Vibrant Green
Good for writing or editing, Caran d'Ache Vibrant Green is a gorgeous emerald green with just a hint of blue.
 
Resources
BohoBerry NaNoWriMo
Kara of BohoBerry is participating in NaNoWriMo this year, and has some great preparation tips. Plan along with her and get tips on how to keep track of your word count, pacing, and resources for character and plot development!
 
The Pen Habit
Join Matt from the Pen Habit in a video exploration of the TWSBI Vac Mini fountain pen. He says the "balance is superb" on this stunning little pen.
 
NaNoWriMo
This is where it all happens. Explore the NaNoWriMo website to sign up to write your novel, engage with other writers, and cheer each other on to complete this writing feat!
 
A Goulet Life
Meet Lydia
Meet Lydia, a Community Coordinator who can be found on Facebook and our blog. We sat down with her to talk about her job, her favorite book, and what she'd like to go back to school for.

What is your favorite part of your job?
I love talking to our customers. They always have really fun and insightful questions. A lot of things that I haven’t thought about. I’m still relatively new to the whole fountain pen thing. I didn’t use them before I got here, so  it’s pretty cool to see what people come up with, and what kind of questions come up the further into it they get. You get the veterans that have really really really in-depth questions. And I’m like, “Huh! I didn’t think of that.”

There are definitely names that I recognize and people that comment on everything. It’s nice to see those familiar names pop up and have that rapport with them. Remember things about them, like favorite pens or ink that they like to use, and things like that. It’s fun to feel that connection even though I’ve never met them face-to-face.


What’s your favorite book?
Gone with the Wind. Hands down. I think Scarlett O’Hara gets a bad rap as a character. Mostly because everybody has only seen the movie, or only seen parts of the movie, or only seen the Carol Burnett spoof of Scarlett. I think the more you come into contact with Scarlett as a character in the book, you realize that she is actually a very strong and empowering character to read about. She’s in a time when she doesn’t have many choices, but she still makes a go at life and makes things works and does pretty well for herself, despite her circumstances. I think she’s kind of an awesome character that doesn’t get much recognition, and that makes the book amazing.
 
What subject would you most like to study?
Hmmm… I’d still say literature. I was an English major and Film Minor in college, you would think I’d had enough of it through all the years in school. I really enjoyed what I was studying, but I didn’t think I gave it my full attention in college. Now that I’ve had some real world experience and realize how exciting it was to have the choice to study those things, I’d like to go back and do it again and give it my full attention. Because I still very much enjoy doing things like that. When I watch movies or read books, I still look at them through the lens like I did in college and analyze them constantly. I find that really fascinating.

I’ve always had an active imagination so it’s really cool to read a story and then visualize it in my head. To try and guess what’s going to come next. I like things that make me think, and reading things makes me think. My mind is constantly going, but I think reading gives it a topic to focus  and fixate on. While I’m reading I’m visualizing or building off of the story on my own, thinking about what I would if it were my story, or what the author could have done to better describe things…. Things like that. I love analyzing things and literature is a great way to do that.


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