2.07.2009

I Love You -GS


With the economic situation being a real downer on our moods and our pocketbooks, there is a call to go back to simpler times. This Valentine's Day, you can expect less diamond jewelry and more sincere, handmade gifts. And what better gift to give than a love letter straight from the heart?
For those of you who have been hitting the wallet every V-day for romantic dinners, furs, Belgian chocolates, or sexy undergarments, a thoughtful and romantic love letter may seem impossible to comprehend, let alone write. Here are a few helpful suggestions if you are planning on setting pen to paper to set your lover's heart afire:
  • Be YOU - We often get caught up in all the sentimental jargon, "candy heart" phrases, or try to write like Shakespeare to express ourselves. The whole point of a love letter is to express YOUR love. Use your own words. Unless you are a poet or novelist, s/he is not going to expect you to write in iambic pentameter. In fact, the letter will seem more genuine if it has a few of your patented grammar gaffes.
  • Actually WRITE IT - Your grammar school teachers didn't preach penmanship so you can just give it up in favor of tapping away at a keyboard for every note, grocery list and letter you will ever write again in your lifetime! Handwriting expresses more than just the words and sentences that are written. There are subtleties in the lines and strokes that give another dimension to the words on the paper. But what about the occasional spelng mistke that spellcheck usually picks up? Type it out on the computer first, print it out and then write it on a nice crisp sheet of paper. If you are writing it with a fountain pen, add a nice flair to the letter by writing it with Noodler's Ottoman Rose.
  • Ask yourself a few questions - If you get writer's block and can't seem to get past the first sentence, ask yourself a few questions and answer them on a separate piece of paper to brainstorm. For example, what plans do you have in the future with that person? How do you feel whenever s/he is away for long periods of time? What is your favorite characteristic about her/him? If you're already married, think about your wedding day or the engagement proposal. If you have recently overcome a difficult struggle in your life, think of how that person had played a role in your well-being. Sometimes a love letter can be very hypothetical and far-fetched. Feel free to share your hopes and dreams with the other person.
  • The Closing - Ending the letter could possibly be the hardest part. You really have to go out on a bang and avoid any cliche expressions. Also, try not to be too impersonal by simply saying "Sincerely," or "Regards,." A simple "Love" can suffice if you have plenty of loving sentiment in the body of the letter. Try to avoid using "PS." It is WAY too overused! Post Script is a novelty from the old days when we couldn't go back into the handwritten letter and insert a sentence that you forgot earlier. Now we have white-out and Word to do our dirty work. A nice way to use PS is if you want to lead them to a cleverly hidden gift. For example, "PS. Look in the driveway."
For more tips on writing a love letter, check out the wikihow article. If you need any advice or are looking for a nice pen to write the letter, feel free to comment on this post.

PS. There is no car with a red bow in the driveway. It's a bicycle. That's all I can afford.

2.01.2009

The Inaugural Blog Post



A new year begins for us at Goldspot Pens and for all Americans as we watch the ushering in of a new Presidential Administration. This blog is our first foray into the realm of networking with the online community. The web had a major impact during November's elections and Mr. Obama had certainly utilized the internet to reach out to Americans in unprecedented fashion. Although our scale is certainly much more modest, our ambition is all the same. We want to join the discussion in progress on sites like Fountain Pen Network and blogs from retailers, manufacturers and fans.

Our first contribution was inspired by a question I received from an interested client who was curious as to which Cross pen President Obama was using to write is first executive orders. For a pen fanatic like me, the "celebrity" spotting of a pen always piques my interest. I decided to contact our Cross rep with the question and she was glad to divulge: The pen in question is a Cross Townsend black lacquer rollerball with rhodium-plated trim.

The style choice was a little plain, but elegant with a nice weight-in-hand. I immediately saw the irony in choosing a Cross pen, which are all manufactured in China, when I read about the new stimulus package and the "Buy American" clause that is being heavily debated. I can't be too over-critical on Mr. Obama, for most of the established pen manufacturers are located overseas in Europe and Asia anyway.

I do like the additional flair that was given on the pen's design by including the Presidential seal and what looks like Obama's signature on the barrel. The same client had replied to my first e-mail answer about the pen and asked if there was a replica or some commemorative version of this pen that would be available for sale to the public. I turned the question again to our representative, who said that Cross had nothing in the works. This is surprising lack of marketing prowess, as I would imagine that a limited edition of Cross Townsends with the Presidential seal would be a highly sought-after addition for many collectors. 

So, as our new President signs off on his first actions in office, we sign off as well.
This post was from the desk of Tom O.