This is the next in a series of posts called “Pencils in Community”, where I share the stories of other people in the pencil world alongside me. Today’s guest is Cher W., who I met through the Erasable Podcast Facebook group.
My name is Cher. I work as a Game Developer. I have a M.A. in French Literature. I play the violin (badly), and love pencils.
What pencil made you fall in love with pencils?
This was always a teasing joke my mom used to tell everyone, so I’ll repeat it for you. My mom always said that from a very young age, I was transfixed by anything that was a writing instrument, especially yellow pencils. I would snatch one from a desk or table and write “ie, ie” over and over in the margins of books. At two or three, it was the only part of my name that I knew how to write.
In elementary school, If a pencil had anything on the ferrule such as a sparkly eraser, oddly shaped eraser, or a giant pom pom, ( do you remember those?) I was all over it. I would also randomly pick up pencils and drop them in a mug or drawer of my bedroom desk.
What is your current favorite pencil?
My current favorite pencil is a toss up between the Blackwing Pearl, and the Musgrave Test Scoring 100. I like smooth, dark pencils that glide easily over paper. My all time favorite pencil is the WNP Lenore. I’m a huge fan of Poe.
What is your go-to pencil?
This would have to be the Palomino Forest Choice. They write dark and smooth, and if you lose one, it’s not a big deal because they’re so affordable.
What do you say to people who don’t know about this whole world of pencils that are curious about it?
Have you been living under a rock?! Seriously, I would tell them that if they like to write, that there’s so many more choices than just pen. I like pen as well as the next person, but pencil doesn’t bleed in the rain or fade to nothing under a barrage of coffee cup stains. There’s just something satisfying about the sound a pencil makes on paper that you can’t really get with a pen.
Strangest reaction you’ve had to you being a “pencil person”
People ask if you’re an artist and the pencil you’re using is just “something you had lying around”. I’ve also had people ask if I wanted to borrow a pen, as if all I had was a pencil and I had to make due with such an “archaic” writing tool!
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