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Moleskines & Fountain Pens. Customer Spotlight, Maryanne

 

A Passion for Writing. Our customer spotlight for this month is on Maryanne Moll. We thank her for answering our questions as well as sharing her love for Moleskines and Fountain Pens.

 

 

– How did your love of Moleskines begin? What is your favorite type?

I first heard about the Moleskine from the Philippine Macintosh Users Group. I’ve been a member of that forum since around 2003, and there was one thread there dedicated to Moleskines and fountain pens and all other sorts of papers, pens, and pencils. Of course, the thread starter was Butch Dalisay, himself a passionate collector of fountain pens, and a multi-awarded writer who takes down notes on Moleskines with fountain pens. At first it struck me as strange that a some Mac users, who have easy access to the most e?cient and best-looking technology around today, would still revert to analog regularly, and by choice. But then again when I got my own very first Moleskine, I understood why. The Moleskine is the Mac of notebooks. It’s simple and elegant, and it just works!

Moleskine Ruled Notebook

Image from the Avalon.ph website

My favorite type has got to be the Moleskine Classic Ruled Notebook. I started with the large-sized ruled — which I used to partner with the large weekly notebook planner — but then I downsized to the pocket, because I want to be able to carry smaller bags. Now I always have the pocket ruled (which I order from Avalon.ph), and the pocket daily planner.

 

– For many people, writing is a passion. Why should they try out a Moleskine?

Simply because if you are passionate about something, you should get the best tools for it. And if your writing is important to you, you will take care not only about the words and phrases and sentences and what they represent, but also about where these words and phrases and sentences are encased, before they become a book and eventually ?y out of your study with a life of their own. If a book is an offspring, then the published book is the adult, and the draft for that is the infant that you have nurtured with the best possible time, effort, precision, study, love, worry, sleepless nights, a lot of sacrifice, and the best available nursing bottles, toys, food, clothes, blankets.

The analogy might seem extreme to some, and I certainly don’t want to say that a book is the same as a baby, because it isn’t. But anyone who has written a book can understand that it’s not easy to get it out of you, and it’s even harder to refine it to publishable quality according to very exacting standards, so whatever helps will be welcome. I’m sure there are a lot of writers out there who have produced books out of drafts written on legal pads with cheap pencils and ballpoints, and I find that admirable. But if you’re anything like me who actually needs the physicality of things, who needs to grasp something palpable and stable, and who cannot work in a fog of virtuality, then the Moleskine becomes not just a notebook but a clear and solid anchor for when things get dark and murky.

– You are also a fountain pen collector. What do you use on your Moleskine?

My current favorite pen is the Pelikan Grand Place with the medium nib it came in. Right now it’s loaded with Montblanc British Racing Green (a dark mossy green color), and that’s what I use on my Moleskine journal. The combination lays down wet and saturated lines, and when the ink dries on the paper, the variation is really pretty. It makes me look rather intelligent, even if the statement goes something like, “I think my hair looks greasy today, so I will use the citrus shampoo.”?

I also use this pen and ink combination for writing checks, because it makes me feel rich!

Pelikan Grand Place

This is the nib of the Pelikan Grand Place, and some notes I was working on a few years back. I think the ink I used was Omas Sepia.

For my daily planner, I use the Pilot Vanishing Point with a medium nib. I have it in chrome. Since it’s my office pen, I use Noodler’s Zhivago with it. That’s a “bullet-proof” ink, for which Noodler’s has a guarantee to never fade nor disappear, even if you throw bleach on it.

Lately, though, I have taken to these fine-tipped dry-safe markers from Staedtler that come in a lot of different vibrant colors, but only because I am always so paranoid that I will either drop or lose a fountain pen. (In fact, I have dropped my Vanishing Point, nib section downwards. Thankfully, the nib was retracted, so it wasn’t damaged at all, but the opening where the nib goes out is now a little deformed.) But for now, the markers work.

I’m not such a dedicated fountain pen collector, though. I have a total of about six fountain pens, not including one Lamy Safari that I lost a few years ago. But I do make it a point to purchase a fountain pen and a few different bottles of ink every couple of years.

– What pen advice can you give to someone who is new to the synergy of the paper and pen?

I don’t think anyone is really “new” to the synergy of paper and pen. After all, that’s how we all learn how to write! But I can understand how the idea might seem new — and even alien — to people who have used the computer as their tool for so many years. Anyone who is new to using fountain pens would feel initially uncomfortable with the fact that we can’t turn the pen in our fingers while we write. It’s not like a pencil that we have to turn every few lines or so, to ensure that we wear down the graphite end evenly. But a Lamy Safari has a special shape to its section that reminds users to keep their fingers there, and when we get used to writing that way, we can use any other fountain pen with ease. This is why I consider the Lamy to be a good starter fountain pen.

And when you are past this, the search will be on for what I call the “forever” pen, the pen that you will use for the rest of your life. Find a pen that feels right in your hand, a pen that complements your handwriting without pressuring you to improve the penmanship that you already have — although there will certainly be some pens that will make you feel that that is required.

Find a pen that makes you smile each time you uncap it to write something, anything, be it a short verse of a chapter of a novel, or even if only just to write checks to cover the bills. A pen that is “you” is a pen that feels like a friend, because it assures you that no matter what you write, the lines that the pen will lay down will be true to the moment of creativity.

– Would you share a few images of your Moleskine and your fountain pen collection?

Sure!

These are my Moleskine pocket-sized daily planners. The one on top is for 2010, and the new one at the bottom is for 2011.

I have attached a bead to the ribbon marker, because it tends to fray.

What a spread in my Moleskine planner looks like.

I always purchase my Moleskine planners within October.

I paste a lot of ephemera in my Moleskine journal.

I’ve numbered each page of my Moleskine journals continuously since maybe 2008. I am now gradually approaching page 2,591.

These are the pens I carry with me everyday. Top to bottom: Pelikan Grand Place, Pilot Vanishing Point (chrome), and Pelikan M205 demonstrator. The demonstrator is actually my very first Pelikan.

These are the Staedtler fine-tipped dry-safe markers I was telling you about earlier. They’re cute. And I won’t cry in case I lose one or two!

 

– Lastly, and I am sure a lot of new Moleskine owners have experienced this dilemma. What would be your best advice for people who are afraid to unseal, open and write on their very first Moleskine?

I understand how intimidating it could feel, but the Moleskine is your friend. It can keep your secrets, it can protect your words and your thoughts, it can coax some of the most difficult lines out of you, and it can be your most honest companion an a journey to your innermost, deepest, most hidden self.

Of course if you don’t unseal it and open it and write on it, that’s fine, too, if you want to stay within your comfort zone. Just having a sealed Moleskine there can be a source of comfort in itself. But just compare that to the world that you can open up for yourself if you do decide to write on a pristine new Moleskine. The world is too big and life is too short, and there are many more Moleskines where that sealed one came from. And you are too vibrant a human being to not write on a Moleskine. So go ahead, tear off the shrink-wrap, uncap your pen, and write to your heart’s content.

 

About Maryanne Moll.

Maryanne Moll is a writer, mother, graduate student, and government employee. She has written two books of essays, and has been writing fiction since 2003. Her fiction has been published in magazine and anthologized, and she has won a Palanca for her fiction in 2005. She lives in Makati.

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/maryannemoll
Blog: Sensibilities – http://maryannemoll.blogspot.com

Winner of Share Moleskine Love!

Congratulations to twitter user @aninarubio!

You win the following:

1 – Moleskine Large Ruled Notebook
1 – Moleskine Large Cahier Ruled Black Set of 3
and
1 – Moleskine Pocket Squared Notebook

We will contact you to get your shipping address. Expect an e-mail/@mention from us soon!

Want to purchase a Moleskine instead? We offer the best Philippine prices of Moleskines on our website! Check it out!

Thanks everyone for participating. I hope the contest format is fun especially the act of @mentioning your Twitter friends/followers. If you have a comment to make this contest format better let us know!

Follow @avalonph on Twitter or be a fan of our Facebook Page for the latest news & announcements about Avalon.ph.

Share Moleskine Love! Win a Moleskine SET Twitter contest!

Back to school? Use a Moleskine set as your new notebooks!

New projects at work? Use those fancy Cahiers to keep track of each one!

Or just write, sketch & doodle anything!

Avalon.ph is giving away a Moleskine set consisting of:

1 – Moleskine Large Ruled Notebook
1 – Moleskine Large Cahier Ruled Black Set of 3
and
1 – Moleskine Pocket Squared Notebook

How to join?

Entries will be submitted through Twitter. The twist for this contest is that if you want to win, entries are to be submitted by your friends/followers and not yourself! Either you request them to @mention you, or @mention your most generous friends/followers to win and wait for them to @mention you back. At the end of the contest, all @mention entries will be submitted through Randomizer to draw one (1) winner!

The line to tweet is:

Share Moleskine Love! I want @mytwitterfollower to win a Moleskine set from @avalonph! Details here – http://bit.ly/ccDbT3

Obviously, change @mytwitterfollower to any of your friend/follower twitter account (believe it or not in my previous contest some didn’t). As long as you enter your tweet in the format provided, Avalon.ph will easily track all your entries and @mentions. No repeat @mentions. Same @mentions will only be counted once per account.

Before you start tweeting @mention to your friends, here are the mechanics for this contest:

– Contest duration from June 9 up to June 15 (Tuesday) June 16 (Wednesday), 3:00pm, 2010. Winner will be drawn within 12 hours after contest end.

– Winner, or the person you @mention should have a Philippine-based address serviceable by major couriers.

– Must be able to verify your entry and should appear in my twitter stream (@avalonph). In short, if I cannot see your entry because the one who @mention you has a private profile, it will not count. Respectfully request them to follow @avalonph and I will follow back to check the entry.

– At the end of the contest, all entries will be submitted to a Randomizer website and a winner will be drawn.

– Winner will be notified through Twitter. Winner must respond within a reasonable period, preferably 2-3 working days.

– COMMON SENSE apply on all disputes, loopholes and oversights. Avalon.ph is the SOLE arbiter to decide on issues about this contest. Avalon.ph reserves the right not to really change, but to fine-tune the mechanics as we see fit during the duration of the contest.

This is not about who gets the most @mentions like our last contest. All @mentions will be submitted through a Randomizer to draw a winner. Remember, one entry can make a difference. One of the winners of our last draw only had 2 entries (as compared to some who have 20+).

Please do not ask us about how many entries you received. We will not answer inquiries with regards to your number of entries. Remember, some may have private profiles and some Twitter account are ‘spam’/fake accounts. If a user has a private profile it is your job to inform them to follow me. We will only count “valid” entries according to the @avalonph Twitter feed (not yours). What I see on my @avalonph twitter feed is different from what you see on yours.

We do not encourage SPAM. While there’s no limit to the entries/@mentions you can make, please be aware that SPAMMING your twitter stream might cause some of your followers to unfollow you. Please use discretion and respect your follower’s annoyance threshold.

Make one of your Twitter followers happy! Tweet them to win a Moleskine Notebook! Good luck!

www.avalon.ph
www.twitter.com/avalonph

Sale/Unsealed Moleskines & Nick Bantock books

UPDATE (05/30, 18:00). All Moleskine notebooks sold out. To make sure you get “sale” updates as soon as they are posted, subscribe to the Avalon.ph Blog feed or our Social Media accounts:

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We will have a fresh batch on “sale” soon. Just sorting out the newly arrived stocks so I am certain I will find more “rejects”.

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Here are some Moleskine Notebooks that won’t be posted for selling as sealed/new on the website due to some minor issues. These are unused and originally overstocks. However, due to transit some edges might have bumps & very minor scratches (I will indicate if there’s anything major). These are probably reject as gifts. If you intend to use it immediately then they make great buys because of the bargain prices. Again, DEFINITELY NOT IN BRAND NEW CONDITION. NO REFUNDS. We also do not sell nor will attempt to misrepresent actual condition. These are also inspected for major flaws.

Moleskine Pocket Ruled Notebook –  Hardbound. Unsealed, looks new, almost no scratches, wrap-around included. (P400.00 Code: PU001)

Moleskine Pocket Ruled Notebook – Hardbound. SEALED but with a light visible top right bump/scratch, nothing serious, wrap-around included. (P380.00 Code: PS002)

Moleskine Limited Edition for Borders, Pocket Brick – Hardbound. originally 1 x Ruled Pocket & 2 x Single Cahiers. MISSING THE CAHIERS. Only the 1 x Ruled Pocket Notebook is included. Looks real good, no major scratches, no bumps. Unsealed. (P400.00 Code: PB003)

Moleskine Cahiers Set of 3 Ruled Journals – looks new, unsealed, very clean and includes sticker and wrap-around. (P280.00 Code: PCR001)

Moleskine City Notebook – NEW YORK – Hardbound.  Unsealed, carefully inspected and LOOKS complete, some minor bumps. Wrap-around included. (P250.00 Code: NY)

Moleskine City Notebook – SAN FRANCISCO – Hardbound. Unsealed, carefully inspected and LOOKS complete, some minor bumps. Wrap-around included. (P250.00 Code: SF)

Moleskine City Notebook – WASHINGTON – Hardbound. Unsealed and missing the labeling stickers, tracking paper intact, the rest carefully inspected and LOOKS complete. Some minor bumps. Wrap-around included. (P150.00 Code: WAS)

We have SEALED City Notebooks for Washington, New York, San Francisco and Boston ONLY. Please e-mail to inquire.

Moleskine Plain Notebook LARGE – Hardbound Classic (not reporter type). Partially sealed, obvious top right corner bump. (P500.00 Code: LP001)

Moleskine Ruled Notebook LARGE – Hardbound. Sealed but some light creasing on back cover probably due to storage/transit. Or Notebook was slightly pressured sideway. Still nothing major if you intend to use it asap. No damage, break point, serious bends. (P500.00 Code: LR001)

Moleskine Sketchbook LARGE – Hardbound. Unsealed and may have some light dusting on covers due to storage (nothing that can be wiped carefully). Very minor bumps. (P500.00 Code: LSK001)

If the Moleskine types you are looking for (watercolour, planners, My Pilipinas) are not listed here/website it means we do not have them.

Some Nick Bantock books:

Griffin & Sabine (Hardbound) – MISSING ALL INSERTS. Still, you can cut-out the art works for display. – (P100.00 Code: GS001)

The Golden Mean (Hardbound) – missing dustjacket only, all inserts COMPLETE. – (P200.00 Code: GM001)

To order, send e-mail to support(at)avalon.ph indicating the CODE provided after each item description. We suggest copying the title along with the code.

All items listed are strongly suggested for SHIPPING only. Once you order you must settle payment asap.

Thank you very much!

Our Twitter Contest Winners!

Congratulations to @tashaism for having the most Twitter mentions with 57!

For our 2nd winner, we compiled all @mention entries and did a random draw (excluding @tashaism):

Congratulations to @Rambuc! A Large Moleskine Plain Reporter will be shipped to your address.

Didn’t win and want to purchase a Moleskine instead? We offer the best Philippine prices of Moleskines on our website! Check it out!

Thanks everyone for participating. I hope the contest format is something fun especially the generous act of nominating/mentioning your Twitter friends/followers. If you have a comment to make this contest format better let us know! Was it spammy? Do we need to fine-tune some rules? Leave them in the comments section below.

Follow @avalonph on Twitter or be a fan of our Facebook Page for the latest news & announcements about Avalon.ph.

yet another Moleskine giveaway contest…

UPDATE (04/23 02:30am): No repeat nominations per user, but you can nominate as many friends/followers as you want. Just be conscious of your Twitter timeline, you don’t want to annoy your friends/followers. Practice FAIR PLAY, do not create Twitter accounts w/out followers just to add up your points. We read and inspect all nominations/accounts. Private profiles must (even temporarily) follow @avalonph and give us enough time to inspect and verify your entry. Remember: all disputes, loopholes, oversights – Common Sense rules!

UPDATE (04/21 13:21pm): We decided to have two (2) winners instead of one! First winner will be the one with most ‘nominations/mentions’, for the second winner we will be compiling all nominations and a winner will be selected through randomizer (1st winner no longer included). Now you have more chances to win!

Let’s head straight to the point. We’re giving away a large Moleskine Notebook through Twitter!

What is Twitter?  Twitter is a social networking and instant messaging service that allows its users to send instant updates about their status. It is a great way to keep you updated what’s happening to your friends, favorite celebrities and world news. If you already have a twitter account, follow us: @avalon.ph and join our Moleskine Giveaway contest!

There is a unique twist for this contest- you won’t win, but a Twitter friend/follower of yours will have the chance to bring home the Moleskine Notebook!

Just copy and paste and tweet this:

I want @mytwitterfollower to win a Moleskine from @avalonph! Details here – http://bit.ly/aDmcp0

Obviously, change @mytwitterfollower to any of your friend’s or follower’s twitter account. As long as you enter your tweet in the format provided, Avalon.ph will easily track all your entries and ‘nominations’.

What happens next? By the end of the contest period, we will count all ‘@myfollower’ and the one with the most “nominations” will win a large Moleskine Notebook!

There’s more! All nominations/mentions (except the first winner) will be compiled another winner will be drawn through Randomizer! More chances to win!

Contest will run from April 21 to 30, 2010.

Before you start tweeting, here are the mechanics for this contest:

– Winner, or the person you ‘nominate’ should have a Philippine-based address that’s serviceable by major couriers.

– Must be able to verify your entry and should appear in my twitter stream/search (@avalonph). That means private profiles will only qualify if you have @avalonph as your follower.

– Winner/s will be notified through Twitter. Winner must respond within a reasonable period, preferably 3-5 working days.

– In case of a tie, Randomizer will be used to determine the winner.

– Winner will receive a large Moleskine Notebook (either a Classic Ruled, Ruled Reporter, or Plain Reporter- Large)

– COMMON SENSE apply on all disputes, loopholes and oversights. Avalon.ph is the SOLE arbiter to decide on issues in this contest.

– Avalon.ph reserves the right not to really change, but to fine-tune the mechanics as we see fit during the duration of the contest.

While there’s no limit to the entries/nominations you can make, please be aware that SPAMMING your twitter stream might cause some of your followers to unfollow you. Please use discretion and respect your follower’s annoyance threshold.

Make someone happy! Tweet them to win a Moleskine Notebook! Good luck!

www.avalon.ph
www.twitter.com/avalonph

and the winner is….

A total of 402 entries were counted and submitted to Random.org List Randomizer. The winner of a brand new Moleskine Colour a Month Daily Planner 2010 is…

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Win a Moleskine Colour a Month Daily Planner 2010!

Update: Please make it easy for us to track your twitter accounts. As long as you use the format provided below you will definitely be counted. For protected accounts, you may leave a message in the comments below that you tweet about this so I can “follow” you, or just follow @avalonph. If you use a comment user name that is different from your twitter name, do inform us. In short, make it easy for us to track you. Thanks!

The year 2009 has been an excellent year for the Moleskine notebook. They’ve expanded their product line, and more people Philippines included, are using it to expound their creativity.

Avalon.ph has been a regular destination for competitively priced Moleskine notebooks. We’ve quickly sold out our stocks of the Moleskine 2010 planner — except for one.

To thank all those who have patronized our website the past 11 years (yes we’re that old), as well as a welcome to those who are visiting Avalon.ph and its blog for the first time, we’re giving away the last Moleskine 2010 planner we have!

Now, let’s get straight to the point!

Win One (1) Moleskine Colour a Month Daily Planner in 12 Notebooks 2010: 12 different soft coloured covers + hard cover case.


Moleskine Colour a Month Daily Planner in 12 Notebooks 2010 (link from Moleskine.com), retails for Php2,750.00 locally. This is your chance to own one for FREE!

Just answer:

What are you thankful for this 2009?

a) Answering directly in the comments section below gives you one (1) point.

– or –

b) Answering in your blog with a link back to this post gives you three (3) points. You must indicate in the comments section below where to find your blog (with your answer). AND, very important, you must spell Moleskine properly in your blog post, do not forget the “E”.

c) One (1) point when you use your active twitter account (as of 11/30/09) and tweet about this contest. Make sure you include the #avalonph hashtag for me to easily track your tweet. Please take note that I cannot track ‘protected’ twitter accounts. If you have one and intend to avail of this extra point you should know what to do (follow avalonph). Exact format of tweet should be as written below in order to qualify:

RT @avalonph: Win a Moleskine Colour a Month Daily Planner 2010! Check out details at www.avalon.ph. #avalonph

You may tweet using your own variation as some of you like to share stuff like this on twitter, however they will not count as an entry. No spamming, no twitter cheating (using both personal & corporate/shared accounts). In short, play fair.

d) if I like your entry, you get plus two (2) points. This is purely my unbiased, unbribable and fair discretion.

All entries for additional points should be verifiable. Maximum available points is six (6). All entries will be summarized before the electronic raffle to be done through random.org’s List Randomizer or something similar.

Too much work? Satisfied to submit a silly, rushed, boring entry just for the sake of submission? Think again, up your chances to win this:

This contest/sweepstakes will run from December 1, 12:01am until December 15, 9:00pm Manila time. Sweepstakes is only open for those with a Philippine-based address that’s serviceable by major couriers.

Sweepstakes winner will be announced before 8:00am December 16. Winner must give their contact information before 12nn December 18. We will exert best effort to communicate with the winner, but if efforts fail we will use our discretion in choosing a new winner. Remember, this is a 2010 Planner so it is essential that the winner receives the item before 2010! We hope that’s clear for everyone especially those planning a long vacation this Holiday season.

Loophole or oversight regarding rules- common sense apply. Avalon.ph is the SOLE arbiter to decide on issues with regards to this contest/sweepstakes.

Good luck everyone!

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