Ruled Paper for Calligraphy with Pilot Parallel Pens

I’ve been learning some Gothic calligraphy on Udemy via Mary-Jane Roussel’s Simple Gothic Hand Calligraphy course. It’s a very good course with some ruled paper to help one practice. However, it was ruled paper for one pen nib size, with the spacing dependent on the nib size, whereas I had four nib sizes from the beautiful Pilot Parallel Pens I used to do my calligraphy (1.5 mm, 2.4 mm, 3.8mm, 6.0mm). As a result, I made my own and thought I’d shared these PDFs for anyone else who might be interested.

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Is There a Word to Mean “UNlove at First Contact”?

BBC Culture recently had a great little video about the Japanese words and concepts of Koi No Yokan, meaning the feeling upon first meeting someone that you will inevitably fall in love with them. Watch the video in the link to learn more.

Not knowing Japanese, but seeing what was described in the video and interpreting it as best I could, I would describe Koi No Yokan as a feeling towards a person (who could be a potential partner for you) about whom you’re not crazy upon meeting, and maybe even for the first little while in knowing them, but in whom you see something appealing that you feel could grow on you over time to overcome whatever it is about them you’re not crazy about, and turn to love. Much more wordy than the given definition, but I think helps explain it a bit more clearly.

In my life experience, Koi No Yokan, if it’s what I explained it to be, usually come in the form of some personality trait/s of a woman, that will overcome what I think as a lack of physical attractiveness about her. I’m not talking about ugly, though, in lack of physical attractiveness to the extent that wouldn’t care to date her, or maybe look twice, on looks alone. But then I meet her or see her going about in life, and my heart raises one eyebrow about how there might be something interesting about her after all that I’d want to get to know her more! I’ve never had a way to summarize that nicely until I heard about Koi No Yokan recently, and I am glad I know about it now!

In the BBC video, they also talk about how Koi No Yokan is different from Hitomebore, which is a Japanese word for the English expression love at first sight. That, I think, most of us could relate to better than Koi No Yokan. With those two concepts in my love world now having a name, I only need one more to complete the system of similar concepts, and that is a word or phrase for what I’ll call UNlove at first contact.

That concept, to me, is for the women I’ve met in life who could have qualified for love at first sight based on their looks AND some characteristics. Looks alone would be lust at first sight, for which I created my own expression to give it a name so I don’t need a word for that, with the expression easily enough to understand for most. UNlove at first contact, meanwhile, is a bit more foreign to explain. It’s basically the concept of something done by someone early in the first encounter (not necessarily first action), that reveals a “deal breaker” factor to you to know you absolutely could not love them as a partner. The common example of that for me would be a woman lighting up to smoke.

So does anybody know of a word in any language that generally means UNlove at first contact? 🙂

MAKE IT COUNT will be my Mantra for 2018

I will have a lot of “performance” related moments this year, and before each, I will be telling myself to “make it count”! Some of these moments will be very small, like playing through a piano piece without mistake during practice at home, or on a public piano. However, some will be big and important, like the higher than annual average number of big consequence decisions I expect to make this year.

I picked MAKE IT COUNT over IT’S SHOW TIME because some of these bigger moments will be serious in a rational way to finalize something, rather than an emotional perk up before a “performance” to come. However, I imagine there’ll be lots of moments where I’ll start out with IT’S SHOW TIME, followed by MAKE IT COUNT, as a double mantra.