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Friday, January 18, 2013

Write Time 1/16/13



Hello again! Things have been pretty busy around the Goulet shop lately, and they're not going to let up anytime soon. We just found out that Alex, our chief admin gal, is going to be leaving us to pursue another job. We're incredibly sad to see her go as she's come to be a very integral part of the Goulet experience, but life goes on. Rachel and I are going to have to step in to fill in Alex's very big shoes, and we're working to get our new admin (also named Rachel, that should only be a bit confusing!) trained and up to speed. It's going to take a good bit of time to make this transition, and our focus will be required to keep the internal workings of our company operating smoothly over the next few months. Write Time, though we love it, is a big commitment of our personal time, and we're going to have to put it on hold for the time being. We're not sure what the future of Write Time will hold for us, we're just going to be taking things a day at a time around here.

We also have some updates on product timelines:
  • TWSBI 580's were supposed to be here at the end of the month, that's what we were told when we talked to them late Tuesday afternoon. But according to a thread they posted on FPN, apparently the timeline for them changed to late February. 
  • We're still waiting on Diamine Music Sets to come in, and though the offering will be limited at first, they are going to be a regularly available product. This is different than what we were originally told by the Diamine distributor, and what we said in last week's Write Time. 
  • We are going to be getting some TWSBI mechanical pencils in, mainly just to play with them and dip our toes in the water. We've had a lot of people ask us about carrying pencils, and frankly we've always thought they're kind of neat, so what the heck, we'll give it a shot. We're not going nuts, and our focus will certainly still be on fountain pens all the way, but we're making the pencils available for anyone interested since they're not widely available now.
  • We're also going to start carrying Pilot Varsities. Big whoop, you can get them everywhere, but they are pretty cool pens and you can actually refill them as eyedropper pens, which is not something widely known. I'll probably shoot a video on that at some point.
  • We also talked about each of the 3 new Pilot Iroshizuku inks
  • Towards the end of the video, we talked about our hiatus and all the changes we're going to go about internally at GPC. It's not anything you're likely to notice from the outside as we're working to keep everything we do publicly as stable as possible, but we will have a lot of internal changes that will ultimately work out much better for everyone. We're excited about the opportunity to get some fresh perspectives and new personalities into our company, and to be able to ultimately offer you more than we have in the past. That's our goal!

Thanks to you all for keep up with Write Time and spending your free time with us, we do really enjoy your company and we will be a little sad to be on yet another hiatus. We know it's going to be better in the long run, and we're excited about the chance to tighten up our operation a little bit so that we can continue to rock your fountain pen world!

Write On,
Brian Goulet

13 comments:

  1. No kidding on the "out of stock" think being frustrating...going through my list on your site and half of what I want isn't in!


    You should feel no shame about branching out into pencils. TWSBI ought to add a .9mm lead to its lineup, that would put them over the top.


    Any idea if the TWSBI minis will be coming out in different body colors?

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  2. Hang in there you guys! : )

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  3. For the person who wanted dot grid paper in US letter size, this Behance notebook might be an option for you:

    http://www.creativesoutfitter.com/product/34/dot-grid-book

    80 gram paper in a spiral-bound hardcover notebook. 50 pages.

    I have one myself, though I haven't gotten around to using it yet. But the paper seems smooth (albeit not up to CF standards) and I have high hopes that it'll work well with fountain pen ink,

    Hope this helps!

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  4. Tell me about it! It's absolutely killing me how out of stock we are, we are backordered on so many things from so many manufacturers, it's just insane. I've never seen it this bad before.


    A .9mm lead? Wow, that would be pretty crazy. Do a lot of people use those?


    The Mini will come out in different colors at some point, it'll be a while though. And we don't know what colors, but we're told it won't be the blue/amber/smoke combo you saw in the 540 and Vac-700.

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  5. Thanks! We are, we just have to pace ourselves ;)

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  6. Thanks for sharing that! We'd actually considered carrying Behance sometime last year. We opted not to mainly because the paper wasn't the best for fountain pens, and the layouts/systems they have are really geared more for a corporate/meeting-heavy crowd, which is not necessarily our following.

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  7. .9 is the BB of the mechanical pencil world. The number of people who use them is probably small, but very passionate. :)

    If you give feedback to TWSBI, please suggest the .9 (or 1.0mm) size. I've moved away from mechanical pencils in the last few years to write mostly with fountain pens. I realized that I like very visible (saturated?) lines and the thinner pencil leads are too light to make me happy. (Or I'm stuck using those super-dark leads that smudge too easily for my taste. Clearly, I'm picky about my writing instruments...)



    But I love my Diamond 540, so I'd at least consider using using a TWSBI mechanical pencil with a thicker lead size.

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  8. I use a .9mm lead in an old but well-maintained Eversharp at work and an old Cross at home. For me, the super thin lead breaks too easily.

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  9. Well, I'll wait to see what fun surprises Tuesday brings to your site, and cross my fingers that some of those include some Noodler's ink restocks. I'm very glad you're carrying Leuchtturm now, though.


    .9mm is the only mechanical pencil I'll buy now because the lead is so solid and smooth and long wearing. The best for me is the Autopoint All-American Jumbo .9mm pencil line (made in Janesville, WI, USA). It has a great vintage look and feel. One of the few mechanical pencils out there that doesn't look like a miniature version of a Dyson vacuum. I'd compare the .9mm/1.1mm to the B of the FP world, with .5mm being the F, and .7mm being the M. The BB I'd say is the 2mm.


    Anyway, good to hear about the minis. I'm rooting for green or gray or purple when that day finally comes.

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  10. I can suggest it, but I have no idea how easy that would be for them to make! TWSBI's pretty responsive to their customers themselves, so you could always go post on their Facebook page (probably the best semi-public way to contact them) and let them know of your .9mm interest.

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  11. We actually have a bunch of neat stuff coming in the next week or so! We'll have to take time to photograph a lot of it so I don't know how quickly we'll get everything up, but it'll come before long :)

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  12. Thanks for the mention of Autopoint. I hadn't heard of them before, but I'll definitely check them out.

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  13. I'm a 0.9mm lead fan too, because of it's solidity. I'm one of those people that like to make notes to myself in bed in the middle of the night.

    Not the best situation for a FP and can't beat a pencil for it.

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