I love New Year’s Day.
There’s something so hopeful about it, isn’t there? It’s a clean slate. A fresh start. A new beginning. Days and days stretch out ahead of us like the blank pages of a brand-new book, just waiting to be written on.
And what could make the prospect of all those blank pages even more delicious than having something fabulous to write with? Which I do, thanks to my darling husband. Take a look:
He had this pen MADE for me! I didn’t even know that artisan penmakers existed, but they do, and my sweetie found one and commissioned this one-of-a-kind treasure for me. It’s hand-crafted from maple, which means that as I write, the barrel warms to the touch. The graceful whorls and lines of the wood grain are gorgeous, as is the sparkling crystal in the pocket clip. I can’t keep my eyes — or hands — off of it. Which is, of course, the whole idea…
Writers can be fanatics when it comes to the tools of our trade, particularly pens. I have special ones just for book signings, and others for journaling and letter writing, and still others for humbler tasks like to-do lists and keeping the household accounts. The very best ones are reserved for writing stories, though.
I can tell that my new pen is a winner already. A thoroughbred, champing at the bit to be off and running across a blank page. The two of us will launch our maiden voyage together come Monday, when we start my next book.
I can hardly wait.