Today I’m taking a break from my series on Angela James and her workshop Before You Hit Send, coming to New Hampshire Saturday May 21, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Nashua. There is still time to register and you can learn more about the workshop and Angela James in my previous posts. Later this month, I’ll have one more post where Angela shares what she wishes every author knew about the editing process, you don’t want to miss it!
Today? Today I want to talk about pens.
May I present the Pilot FriXion pen.
Swooooon. I am in love with these pens.
The Pilot FriXions come in a variety of different types including gel pens, markers and highlighters, They come in several point sizes from the ultra fine .3mm to the more moderate .7mm but the kicker? They are erasable. No, like REALLY erasable.
They use a combination of a specially formulated ink and friction (get it, FriXion??) from a rubber tip on the end of the pen to erase the ink. Leaving nothing behind, not even crumbs. Warning, it takes awhile, but you do eventually stop brushing away imaginary crumbs. The packaging warns that the ink is sensitive to heat, so if you leave your notes in a hot car, you might experience a moment of panic when you come back to a blank page, but fear not, just put the paper in the freezer for a few minutes and BOOM! Your words are back. It goes without saying that FriXions shouldn’t be used for any work you need to keep long term, or for contracts or financial documents.
To be fair the gel pens erase more fully than the markers or the highlighters. I have also found some of the gel pens to be a little scratchy and they do leave an indentation. They also go through ink faster than you average pen.
I primarily use the FriXions for drafting and marking up my paper planner (yes I’m using a paper planner, but that’s a topic for separate post). Just this week they came in extremely handy. Before I plan the week, I consult the cast of characters that share my life (i.e. my husband and kids). I sat down Sunday in possession of the knowledge of who was doing what when and laid out my week. Late in the day, Dear Son, decided to change which night he wanted to go to karate. In a life as tightly scheduled as mine, that causes a ripple effect. FriXions to the rescue! I have planner peace for one more week.
Lee Laughlin is a writer, marketer, social media consumer and producer, wife, and mom, frequently all of those things at once. She blogs at Livefearlesslee.com. She writes for the Concord Monitor and her words have also appeared in a broad range of publications from community newspapers to the Boston Globe. She is currently working on her first novel, a work of contemporary, romantic fiction.