The Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop "Red Wave" fountain pen with a fine nib is a wonderful proofreading pen. The ink you see here is the Pilot Namiki red cartridge, which is what I use for proofreading. The shade of red is perfect for the purpose.
The Pilot Metropolitan is widely regarded to be one of the best fountain pens you can get for the price—around $15. Some argue that it's the best fountain pen you can get for two or three times its price.
I do love both of my Metropolitans. They start writing immediately—even after lying around unused for weeks—and they lay down a precise, smooth line with no skipping or blobbing.
The pen body and cap are made of brass, so the pen feels more expensive than it is. The weight is perfect, in my opinion. You won't suffer hand fatigue with extended use.
The pen ships with a converter for using bottled ink, but I find the Namiki ink cartridges to be so convenient, and the red so perfect, that I haven't used anything else (yet) with this pen.
The Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop is a great choice for many applications, and for the price, I just don't think it can be beaten. If you've never owned a fountain pen, consider a Metropolitan (of any sort) as your first. Fountain pens are a joy to use—a writing experience unlike any other.
So I hesitated to put this up as my first blog entry, but my one other idea isn't fully formed yet, and I thought this would be an uncomplicated, facts-only, easy-sailing, they'll-love-me-for-this kind of post, so here goes.
I had read bits and pieces about the benefits of computer glasses in the past, and while copyediting (on screen, of course, 'cause I am the Modren Man*) a tome of tremendous length, I decided to try the highly touted, miraculous geeks' goggles. (I'm licensed to say that because I am, most assuredly, a geek--if not highly touted and miraculous, which I SHOULD BE.)
So, like any red-blooded American editorial professional, I commenced to researching.
During my research, I quickly and utterly rejected the rapacious price of my final choice's competition because, contrary to popular opinion, I'm actually not Tony Stark, I'm just an overtaxed self-employed freelancer who (a) can't have decent health insurance without spending a fortune because of the corrupt and backwards state I live in and (b) frankly can't spend my entire office-supplies budget on your plastic yellow-lensed glasses, you cash-crazed egotistical maniacs.
Buuuuut perhaps that's a post for another day.
In the end, I ordered two pairs of highly starred computer specs from Amazon.bling, as follows (the links will take you to amazon.com):
(1) Gamma Ray Flexlite GR001 (0.00 power), and
(2) Gamma Ray Flexlite GR004 (+1.50 power because I'm old and decrepit and have trouble getting the dedoochka glazzies* up.)
Pair 1 was intended for sitting back high and easy in my desk chair and reading the monitor from a safe distance.
Pair 2 was intended for leaning in closely to monitors and for proofreading text under those always-harsh-after-several-hours bulbs, no matter what kind you invest in (thought I might have a recommendation in a later post).
For all intended applications, I can offer a very hearty two thumbs up. Great glasses, no distortion, super comfortable, zero eye strain, decent price. These are products that perform as claimed.
*Golden kudos with emerald horns to whoever gets these references without hunting for them.
What my clients say
Kerry has done a great job copyediting for us. In addition to editing the manuscripts, he has also tagged one manuscript for our typesetter and done some minor fact-checking for another. His estimates have been accurate, and his work has been on time and thorough. He knows Chicago style well, and I would definitely recommend him for editing. I am always hesitant to try new people, as I have been disappointed in the past, but Kerry has proved himself, and he has now been added to our list of freelancers, which is a very short list.
- Amber Henderson, Managing Editor, AdventureKEEN