Sharpen.

Sharpen

Happy new year to my lovely readers, I hope your last few weeks have been filled with a little indulgence of all kinds. In racking my brains this morning for a New Year’s post I ventured down this nostalgic path…

Sharpen.

Mechanical pencils are very often my weapon of choice, owing to many childhood years spent amidst shattered splinters of sharpenings and lead smears across my fingers and exercise book pages, but this morning, jutting from the hefty white ceramic fist that sits on my desk grasping my writing tools, a sliver of gold caught my eye.

Digging out a plastic sharpener in faded fuchsia from the bottom of my desk drawers, I gave this metallic sheathed scribbler its very first gasp of life. It shed its lustrous skin whilst the smell of wood shavings and lead scuffled up my New Year’s flu blocked nose and struck a chord in my brain that resonated with my eleven year old self, sharpening pencils in a blue diplodocus desk tidy that my Dad had purchased because I had a penchant for dinosaurs and it was obviously with much hilarity that one could sharpen their pencils in an extinct reptile’s bottom.

Once I’d grounded myself from my nostalgic wondering, I noticed the sharpenings had spiralled into a golden fringed crown… a regal start to the year.

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  1. 6th January 2015 / 12:19 am

    I love to write in pencil – the words somehow just seem to flow better! The only problem is finding a sharpener that actually works. πŸ™‚ I look forward to seeing what you produce with your pencil. Happy New Year. πŸ˜€

    • 6th January 2015 / 11:19 am

      Thank you, happy new year! There is definitely something about the pencil, it keeps up with my tumbling thoughts a lot more successfully than a pen! πŸ™‚

  2. Andrey Lychik
    6th January 2015 / 1:49 am

    I prefer the plastically feel of the keyboard myself, haven’t touched the #2 in years.

    • 6th January 2015 / 11:21 am

      If it’s a good keyboard then I do enjoy the hurried tapping of creation! But there is something quite lovely about not being sat at a machine to write, especially if you pair it with a nice setting beside the river or on a beach… πŸ™‚

      • Andrey Lychik
        25th January 2015 / 8:40 pm

        Yes! But for that i use a pen, as i did this weekend at a retreat!

        • 26th January 2015 / 4:37 pm

          Lovely, writer’s retreats are such a good idea. Did you get a lot done?

          • Andrey Lychik
            26th January 2015 / 5:04 pm

            I got some done as the focus wasnt on writing. It was a men’s retreat from my church. But it was great to plan and write cause i havent really been writing for a while.

            • 26th January 2015 / 5:54 pm

              I often have periods of writing lots and then nothing at all for a couple of weeks… it’s a tad laborious to be doing it constantly all the time! I hope you had a lovely time πŸ™‚

  3. Andrey Lychik
    6th January 2015 / 1:49 am

    I prefer the plastically feel of the keyboard myself, haven’t touched the #2 in years.

    • 6th January 2015 / 11:21 am

      If it’s a good keyboard then I do enjoy the hurried tapping of creation! But there is something quite lovely about not being sat at a machine to write, especially if you pair it with a nice setting beside the river or on a beach… πŸ™‚

      • Andrey Lychik
        25th January 2015 / 8:40 pm

        Yes! But for that i use a pen, as i did this weekend at a retreat!

        • 26th January 2015 / 4:37 pm

          Lovely, writer’s retreats are such a good idea. Did you get a lot done?

          • Andrey Lychik
            26th January 2015 / 5:04 pm

            I got some done as the focus wasnt on writing. It was a men’s retreat from my church. But it was great to plan and write cause i havent really been writing for a while.

            • 26th January 2015 / 5:54 pm

              I often have periods of writing lots and then nothing at all for a couple of weeks… it’s a tad laborious to be doing it constantly all the time! I hope you had a lovely time πŸ™‚

  4. 6th January 2015 / 2:54 am

    The gild sounds like Chinese good luck! I love it! I found old pencils too, sparkly and loaded with stars. They dont sharpen easily due to the thick glittery coating but they make me smile. And yes that release of wood essence to the air while the crunch crunch crunch of the sharpener prepares your word sword… A little heaven.

    • 6th January 2015 / 11:23 am

      Good point, maybe the gold was a sign! I remember similar pencils with stars and spirals that went though the wood, when I was at school people were fascinated with them, I think they were made by a company called Yikes! That smell is definite heaven, I can’t believe I’d forgotten all about it until yesterday.

  5. 6th January 2015 / 2:54 am

    The gild sounds like Chinese good luck! I love it! I found old pencils too, sparkly and loaded with stars. They dont sharpen easily due to the thick glittery coating but they make me smile. And yes that release of wood essence to the air while the crunch crunch crunch of the sharpener prepares your word sword… A little heaven.

    • 6th January 2015 / 11:23 am

      Good point, maybe the gold was a sign! I remember similar pencils with stars and spirals that went though the wood, when I was at school people were fascinated with them, I think they were made by a company called Yikes! That smell is definite heaven, I can’t believe I’d forgotten all about it until yesterday.

  6. 6th January 2015 / 12:53 pm

    The pencil, holds art I would love to express, but sadly lack. I’m not a good writer, but the work you just wrote is inspiring. πŸ™‚

  7. 6th January 2015 / 12:53 pm

    The pencil, holds art I would love to express, but sadly lack. I’m not a good writer, but the work you just wrote is inspiring. πŸ™‚

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