Thinking about trying a fountain pen? 

Thinking about trying a fountain pen? 

Try a fountain pen to liven up your writing!
If you are looking for a pen to start with, these pens are tried and true. They are modestly priced, good quality, fun to use and easy to maintain. They all come in multiple colors, and have steel nibs.

Patronize your local pen shops! In Boulder? You can find these pens at Two Hands Paperie. If you don’t live near a pen shop, follow the links.

  • Kaweco Sport. Small plastic pen from Germany, with selection of nib options, including extra fine, fine, medium, broad and calligraphy. Easy to switch nibs if you want to use more than one size. International standard cartridge only.
  • Lamy Safari, Al-Star or Vista. Lamys include both plastic and metal models. These German pens are available with extra fine, fine, medium, broad nibs. Lamy also makes the Joy, a calligraphy pen. Lamys come with a converter and sample cartridge. Lamys use a proprietary cartridge.
  • Pilot Metropolitan. The Metropolitan has a metal body. Japanese nib options include fine, medium, medium italic. The pen comes come with a squeeze converter and sample cartridge. It uses a proprietary cartridge.
  • Pilot Kakuno. The Kakuno has a plastic body. Japanese nib options include extra fine, fine, or medium. It uses a proprietary cartridge; converter is sold separately.

Writing Styles:
Two of these pens are from Germany, and two are from Japan. Here are some writing examples on Baron Fig paper. As you can see, the Japanese Pilot nibs are considerably finer than the German Lamy nibs. The choice is one of personal preference.

Related blog post:
Academic Writing with Pen in Hand. A blog post about my hybrid digital/analog writing style.

Resources and Guides:

Save the Date: Join Hands-On Fountain Pens at Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, November 15, 2019. Registration will be online early fall.

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Posts & Resources: Online Portfolio

Posts & Resources: Online Portfolio

Janet at SAGE

This online portfolio includes links to recent posts and articles, as well as instructional resources for my books.

Academic Writing and Publishing
15 Tips for engaging conference presentations
Academic Writing for Social Good 
Academic Writing: Counting Words of Meaning?

Academic Writing with Pen in Hand
Academic ≠ Boring: Presenting Your Research
But Does it Work? New Text on Evaluation to the Rescue!
Collaboration in Academic Research and Publication (Series on SAGE MethodSpace)
Co-authoring & writing collaboration: Planning strategies for success
Communicate visually to engage readers!

Editors’ Roles: Relating to Contributors
Editors’ Roles: Selecting Chapters 
Envisioning an Edited Book
Focus Series Autumn 2018
From Dissertation to Book: An Author Interview
From solo to global: AcWriMo
Honesty and Originality in Academic Writing
Open Access Scholarly Journals: Real and Fake
Proposing an Edited Book
Real Research in a Fake News World 
Reflect and Reboot
Research for Good: Ethics & Leadership
Research for Social Good: Whose Voice? Research for Social Good (series on SAGE MethodSpace)
Reimagining Ancillary Materials for Texts and Academic Books
Research > Publication > Impact (You Might Need a Strategy for That)
Revive Old Writing Project, or Let It Die?
What is a “holistic publication strategy”?
Write with Purpose, Publish for Impact (series on SAGE MethodSpace)
Writing in tribute: Don’t wait for the eulogy!

Critical and Creative Thinking
Critical and Creative Thinking (series on SAGE MethodSpace)
Covert Research & Consent: Winning Paper (Interview) 
Ethics Resources on SAGE Research Methods

Emerging Research Methods
Autoethnography Stretches Out
Case Studies: What Types Get Published?
Diary Methods
Getting Started: More Online Qualitative Research Design Basics 
Lessons from Popular Ethnographies
Lessons from Popular Case Studies

Listening to the Sounds of Research 
Online Research: Holistic Thinking and Qualitative Design Seeing and Hearing the Problem: Using Video in Qualitative Research
Qualitative Research in 2017

Teaching Research Methods
A Case for Teaching Methods
Cases in Online Interview Research: Companion Study Site
Creating a Culture of Inquiry in the Classroom
Online Collaboration & Learning: Highlights from e/merge Africa Festival
Pedagogy of book and chapter organization
Pedagogy of the book and chapter questions

Research to Learn with Class Projects 
Research Online: Companion Study Site
Qualitative Online Interviews:
Companion Study Site
Scholarship & Exchange: e/merge Africa
Using Inquiry Models to Learn How to Ask Questions Doing Qualitative

Ethics and Education
Giving Voice to Values in the Classroom

Social Commentary
A Social Scientist Looks at the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Academic writers tackle social issues
Bullying: Bad for People, Bad for Scholarship
Can writers be social online?
More Than a Headline: Scholarship on Today’s Hot-Button Issues
Re-Activate: Why Are We Marching?
Social Media or Social Web? (Part of a special issue: Social Science & Social Futures: Fast Scholarship, Emerging Technologies & the Future of Inquiry)
This MLK Day Go Beyond the Soundbite

Companion Sites & Ancillary Materials

Writing a book doesn’t end with the manuscript!

See Resources and Websites Mentioned in the Webinar. These links offer examples for different kinds of materials and book sites.

1) Authors’ sites-linked from the publisher’s page for the book:

Key questions to discuss with the publisher:

  • Will the publisher agree to including a link that takes the viewer away from the publisher’s website?
  • Are you committed to creating and maintaining the page? Do you have the technical skills needed to do so?

2) Password-protected resources on the publisher’s site (note that you may not be able to view all materials on these sites):

Key questions to discuss with the publisher:

  • Can you as author give input into the site design or format, organization, or presentation of resources?
  • Can readers who are not instructors gain access to the site?

3) Companion sites with interactive features on the publisher’s site and third-party applications:

  • Doing Research in the Real World 
Note: If you create an account in VitalSource, you can request electronic review copies of texts and view interactive features.

Add-on subscription to access technical feature and apps:

4) Special features that won’t work on a page

Key questions to discuss with the publisher:

  • What is the author’s role in designing and producing these features?
  • Can you as author act as the subject matter expert for technical or media features? If not, do you have final approval?
  • If your visuals, diagrams, etc. are being used, can you retain your intellectual property/copyright?
  • If a third party or additional subscription is involved, do you receive payment or royalties?

Visit SAGE Methodspace for an article: “Reimagining Ancillary Materials for Texts and Academic Books.” Visit the Textbook and Academic Authors Association site for a webinar recording. (Not a member? Consider joining this community of writers!)

Teach with Moodle

You are invited to join our 10th bi-annual Moodle MOOC (MM10) from May 1 – June 4, 2017. The MOOC is completely free with live online sessions via WizIQ and teacher training on Moodle for Teachers Moodle 3.2.2 site.

I will be presenting a session on A Hybrid Moodle Model on Thursday, May 11
11:00 AM EST/3:00 PM UTC. Your time zone is here.

Click to enroll now and on the syllabus for further information. The MOOC is suitable for beginners and current and past Moodle teachers and managers. The badges and a certificate of completion will be awarded to everyone who completes course tasks. The course and badges are free of charge.

Social Media or Social Web?

I contributed an article, “Social Media or Social Web?” As part of a special issue of a UK online magazine called Discover Society. The special issue is about “Social Science & Social Futures: Fast Scholarship, Emerging Technologies & The Future Of Inquiry.” You might find the editors’ article of interest: Mark Carrigan is a prolific writer and one of the leading thinkers about social media and academic life.