November 2nd, 2012 is the first ever international Fountain Pen Day. What is it? It's a day that members of the fountain pen network as well as retailers and manufacturers in the fountain pen world are marking as a "day to embrace, promote, and share fountain pens and the handwritten arts."
You'll probably see a number of retailers and bloggers doing special things to promote this kickoff holiday celebrating this crazy hobby we love. And what better way to kick it off than to show you a collaborative video that a bunch of us fountain pen video-making folks decided to put together. The video is called The Fountain Pen News, and was led by Stephen B.R.E. Brown, the Dutch-sensation on YouTube. It includes him, myself (Brian Goulet of GouletPens.com), Brian Gray of Edison Pens, Brian and Lisa Anderson of AndersonPens.net, and Dan Smith of the Fountain Pen Geeks. Stephen was the brainchild behind the video, but we all had fun contributing to this parody of the obscure Monty Python's Flying Circus skit "News for Parrots".
In addition to this video, we at the Goulet Pen Company are going to be celebrating Fountain Pen Day by doing two live broadcasts. The first one will be a meet-and-greet of the full staff at 'Team Goulet', which we'll have streaming live on our Write Time page here at 11am EDT. We'll be there with a chat where you can ask us questions as we tell you who we are and what we do every day. In addition to that, we'll be giving away some fun stuff like bottles of ink, and we'll be recording the whole broadcast for those who aren't able to join us live. Rachel and I will be having our recently revived Write Time at 9 broadcast at 9pm EDT later in the evening, where we'll be announcing the winners of our Lamy Studio Royal Red Giveaway, as well as some other spontaneous prizes. It should be a lot of fun, we hope you're able to join us!
Have a great Fountain Pen Day. Today is a day to enjoy your pens and share them with your friends.