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 posts:
Academic Writing with Pen in Hand. A blog post about my hybrid digital/analog writing style.
Guest Post: 5 Fountain Pens Under $50. In this guest post on the JetPens blog I reviewed some moderately-priced pens.

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5 Ways to Use Your Dissertation for Publications

TAAJoin me for a webinar with the Textbook and Academic Authors Association!

5 Ways to Use Your Dissertation for Publications

Registration: https://taaa.memberclicks.net/events
Date: Wednesday, May 18, 3-4 p.m. ET. Find your time zone here.
Free to TAA members. Not a member? Membership is affordable, and worthwhile. Join, let’s learn from each other and share ideas about academic writing!

5ways-TAAYou spent a lot of time conducting research and writing a dissertation, thesis, or capstone project. You are well aware of the pressure to get your work published, in order to get hired or advance in your academic or professional field. Where do you start? I mined every element of her dissertation to launch a publishing strategy that has resulted in five books, numerous chapters and cases, articles and blog posts. I’ve created a typology of five options for drawing from, building on, or applying your student writing. This webinar is relevant those who have graduated recently as well as to people whose dissertations have been sitting on the shelf for a while.

Learn how to create your own virtual book tour!

TAA

Go on the (Virtual) Road to Promote Your Book

TAA Blog post: 6 Key takeaways from the TAA webinar, ‘Go on the (Virtual) Road to Promote Your Book.’ The recording is online in the member resources. If you are an academic writer, consider joining!

 

road-tripWhether ​ you are self-publishing or working with a major publisher, you will need to actively promote your textbooks and encourage faculty to adopt them. Traditionally, writers have taken book tours and given talks, but textbook publishers are unlikely to fund world travel. Why not offer a book tour online? With the Doing Qualitative Research Online Virtual Book Tour I did just that. While some “virtual book tours” simply place guest posts or advertisements on potential readers’ sites, my highly interactive approach includes webinars and online discussions with groups or classes. In this one-hour webinar, I will share tales from the virtual road and steps you can take to launch your own tour.

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Direct Connect: Blogs & Research

Direct Connect: Blogs & Research

I presented “Direct Connect: Blogs & Research,” a webinar as part of the IT4ALL free Spring Blog Fest @ITforALL. You can view the presentation here.

Here is the article I discussed:
Shorter, better, faster, free: Blogging changes the nature of academic research, not just how it is communicated” by Patrick Dunleavy

Here are the blogs I highlighted:

 

ICQI: Resources & Materials

If you are looking for the resources I discussed in the Politics and Ethics of Qualitative Online Research you have come to the right place!

  • My report about ethics issues in online research and ethics codes, and the report about social media users’ perspectives, are both posted here. You can also view a short recording of my overview of the report:

  • A resource list of ethics codes, guidelines and statements that include discussion of online research ethics can be found here. Additional materials are posted here.
  • A collection of “E-Research Tips” are posted here, including one on informed consent with a link to a sample consent agreement.