New year, new page

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:

My Christmas pen

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.