What’s your creative weapon of choice? Brushes, pens, or pencils?

Pencils? That’s what you use, Vicki? Seriously?

If you ran into me working, you’ll probably see three things–4×4 ruled sticky notes, a large calendar book, and yellow mechanical pencils.

Yes, pencils. I wouldn’t use a brush. I’m so not a painter like our beloved Kathryn. As for pens? A long time ago, I took shorthand. I was very fast and my weapon for scribbling–the classic Bic pen. But time passed, shorthand has fallen away, and my creative genius moved along. I discovered Missing Vowel wordsearch books. Let’s face it, with a pen, erasing is a no-go. The paper tears. The ink smears. Etc. But a pencil IS erasable.

I use a pencil for my calendar book, too. Dates and times change almost daily. And with a pen, I faced the same smearing and tearing paper issue. Pencil it is!

However, I’m not an ordinary pencil user. I like the yellow mechanical variety–the Papermate sharpwriter. No sharpening involved. Nor no sharpener to lose. LOL

Do I sound a tad anal? Maybe. Maybe to some. I like to thing organized. And when organized, my life is less stressful, and I can work peacefully. Most days. Like you never know when the dog will throw up.

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Kathryn Jane says:

    ❤ Thank you! I do love my paintbrushes, but I'm also just a tad anal about pens.
    When writing isn't going well on the computer I turn to my trusty pen and notebook and the words once again flow. But it must be a papermate gel pen in either blue or black. I love the flow, the thick ink, and the ease of holding it since my hands cramp up with skinny pens 😀
    I also love pencils for drawing but I'm often frustrated by the sharpening issue, so perhaps I'll test out your trusty mechanical ones 😀

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  2. Hey, Vicki. I used to be a pencil person, but now I use one of my turquoise pens with the cushion where your fingers go. I can’t easily hold the skinny pens either, Kathryn. 🙂 But my go to is keys I can type on. I’m fast on my big computer. Not so much on my Surface Pro. And then there’s the trusty phone where I keep my whole life. Calendars are no more. Can’t read what I’ve written. LOL It’s all on the phone. To Do Notes. On the phone. I do love to used colored pencils with my grands, but most creativity happens on my big Dell. I’ve shared. 🙂

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  3. Vicki Batman says:

    Hi, Kathryn! I often don’t use pens and picked up one Handsome was using, a gel pen. Man, that was a nice write.

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  4. Vicki Batman says:

    Hi, Marsha! You are so brave about a phone calendar. I used one long ago with my Blackberry (loved that phone). However, I went back to paper. I change so often, too often. When making appts, I know it’s an inconvenience because I can’t check instantaneously, but I’m okay with that. I can always call back. Hugs!

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  5. Reblogged this on Jacquie Biggar-USA Today Best-selling author and commented:

    Vicki Batman shares her upcoming release and asks the all-important question; brushes, pens, or pencils? 🙂


  6. Like Marsha, I do almost everything on the computer these days (even if I one finger mangle the keyboard, lol).
    But for years, my go-to pen was a Papermate. They don’t blob, which I hate, and have sharp tips so the writing isn’t thick. Important when you’re a lefty and could give a doctor’s script a run for their money 🙂


  7. Vicki Batman says:

    I agree, Jacquie. The write writing instrument must fit the hand (right!). When going through my dad’s things, I found a Cross pen set. The pencil had lead, Then pen needed a cartridge. I often use both now because they are special to use.


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