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Another challenging prompt, and tempting to go in many directions: “Use pens as your material/inspiration today. Draw with them, use them as construction materials, or…?”

Well, I went with the “or…”. Pens. Pens and great writers thoughts flowing through pens. Writers with a social conscious. Early writers who illuminated society’s mechanisms and human foibles.

Let us not forget the writer, Edward Bulwer-Lytton who wrote: “The pen is mightier than the sword.” How ironic that he is also the source of parody for the Bulwer-Lytton contest for horrid writing. If you do not know it, it is worth a look and the ensuing belly-splitting laughter.

Enter Jane Austen and her gifts: Persuasion (my personal favorite), Pride and Prejudice. Ah ha! Pemberly!

So, drawers were drained of ancient pens…. and the task was at hand.