All this deep stuff about rationalizations and humanness. Let’s take a break.

Back to the practical level.

three pens

Always keep three pens and a sterilized needle with you when you’re writing longhand. Odds are, at least two of the pens won’t work or will peter out when you’re in mid-chapter, at which point the third one will avert an ugly display.

And if the third pen goes belly-up, a quick sweep of the needle across your forearm [for dramatic effect] will provide you with enough fluid to at least finish that page and get you to Urgent Care.


Writer. Former teacher. Baker. Spoiler of dogs.


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