After almost three years of Pen Economics, I’ve decided that it’s time to step back. It’s not because I’ve lost interest in the blog or our wonderful community, but because I’m about to start working a new job in a new city. That’s where my time and my focus need to be. 

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Not Dead Yet

I've had a few emails lately asking if I've given up on blogging. The answer is no, absolutely not, but finding free time has been a real struggle lately. We were a bit short-staffed at work so I took on a heavier teaching load than usual, which has coincided with the job market season. I haven't applied for a job in at least five years and have been surprised at how much time it takes to turn around a half-decent application. 

It's been a busy and stressful time but all of my work has started to bear fruit. I've found a few exceptional students this semester, ones who are passionate about economics and make teaching really satisfying, and have upcoming interviews for two jobs which I would love to land. There's a few more in progress and I'm starting to feel more confident that I'll end up in a job that is interesting, challenging and meaningful. 

There's still a fair bit of work for me to get through but I'm hoping to be back on a monthly schedule from July (assuming all of this exam marking doesn't kill me). In the meantime, you can still find me on Twitter and Instagram, or you can contact me directly here


The Collection

Last year, I posted about my plan to limit myself to ten nice pens and, since then, I’ve had plenty of people get in touch to say they’re imposing their own limits – sometimes more than ten, sometimes less – and talking about their experiences. Just as often, I have people asking how I manage my collection and the decision about which pens to keep or sell. While I wouldn’t say it’s an organised system, there is an approach that I use and I’ll share it in today’s post.

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Merry Christmas

2016 has been a pretty wonderful year for me and I hope that it's been just as wonderful for all of you. I was able to travel and meet some really kind and interesting people, to celebrate the first anniversary of Fountain Pens Australia (FPA), to blog, and to make some serious progress in my professional work. There have been some challenges along the way but overall, I feel like this is a year in which a lot has been achieved and I'm proud of that.

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One Year of Fountain Pens Australia!

Lately, I’ve been hearing from readers who have been concerned about whether I’ve burned out or lost interest in writing this blog. I’m as interested as I ever was, but more and more of my time is now spent over at Fountain Pens Australia. FPA has evolved into one of the most interesting and active communities in the pen world and certainly one of the most rewarding projects I’ve ever participated in. This weekend is the first anniversary of FPA’s launch and for today’s post, we’ll have a look at the past, present, and future of what might be the greatest FP community in the world. Being the anniversary celebration, there’s also a very special announcement at the end of the post!

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