Fountain Pens, Cagney & Lacey, and Us

It’s National Fountain Pen Day!

Yes, it’s a thing… and we love the fact that there’s a website that that has a countdown to the event. (Really! You can check it out here:

While we don’t share others’ fondness for fountain pens (too messy, too time consuming), we do respect a good writing tool. Pictured here are some of our favorites.

A pen should feel good in your hand, and write the moment you apply pressure. If you have to scribble on a separate piece of paper to get it going, we recommend tossing and replacing it with something lovely and functional, like a fun Kate Spade ballpoint. The Uni-ball “writing instrument” (it’s so much more than just a pen) has the added value of some kind of ink ingredient that protects against check fraud. Don’t ask us to explain it… but we can say from experience that it’s good.

We also have a penchant for the quirky. If we’re in San Francisco, we’ll buy the pen with the “floating” cable car. Ditto for Graceland and the Elvis pen with moving hips. At the Evita museum in Buenos Aires, one of us (Okay, it was Shannon) purchased not only an Eva Peron pen, but a matching pen holder adorned with black and white images of the controversial icon. These pieces liven up the desk, and evoke memories of an incredible South American adventure… not to mention a thrilling musical.

Finally, we can’t say enough about these Cagney & Lacey ballpoints. (Thank you, eBay.) There are some days when a girl wants to be like fiery Christine Cagney, who was never afraid to raise her voice to get what she wanted and deserved. Or, be like Mary Beth Lacey, perhaps the most wise character ever to grace the television screen. Holding pens with their “I’m-looking-you-right-in-the-eye-and-not- necessarily-smiling” images certainly doesn’t hurt.

And don’t get us started on the importance of Ticonderoga no. 2 pencils.



Red Letter Day

It’s National Read a Book Day, and you will probably not be surprised to learn that the women of Scarlet Letters Copywriting are thrilled. We love books: we studied Literature in college, we named our company after a classic, and we enjoy few things more than a trip to the bookstore. (See giddy pic below outside Powell’s, the world’s largest independent bookseller.)



According to the folks at, on September 6, everyone is encouraged to “grab a book we might enjoy and spend the day reading.” It’s a lovely idea, isn’t it? However, some of us have to work… and help with fourth-grade math homework… and figure out what’s for dinner. But, when all of that’s done today, we’re going to bypass Facebook and Twitter for iBooks, or maybe even crack open an old-fashioned printed tome. Books were our favorite pastime growing up, and, it turns out that they still are.

Sometimes, the planets align themselves and all things seem right with the world. (Not often, we admit.) But, get this: National Read a Book Day is also National Coffee Ice Cream Day. Nirvana!

We just decided what to have for dinner.

Well, Hello There….

August 14, 2009…

Remember it? “Mad Men” was in. Bottled water was out. Les Paul died. People were protesting over a little thing nicknamed “Obamacare.” And the song of the summer was “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas.

It was also the date of our last blog entry. So to say we are overdue for an update may be the understatement of the millennium. Back in 2009, Scarlet Letters Copywriting was primarily an entertainment copywriting agency, although we all knew that digital was going to change everything.

Since then, we’ve expanded into travel, healthcare, beauty and fitness, crafting, and tech copywriting. We’ve embraced the digital frontier, while still staying true to our print roots. We’ve got a lot more to say about all sorts of things, and we’re not afraid to spill a few letters (scarlet, or otherwise) in the process. The journey begins (again)… join us!