A Writer’s Dream, or Nightmare?


O magnificent pen! What joys you bring! Shall I wax poetic about thee, dear pen?


Nah. I’ll save it for poetry hour. However, now that I’ve weeded out all the readers who judge what they read by the first line of anything, I’ll get to the good stuff.

Did you know there are ball point pens that sell for millions!? Below I’ve listed a few opulent examples. The first in the list is pictured above.

  1. Diamante by Aurora: 1.28 million dollars!!!
  2. Mystery Masterpiece by Montblanc: 730,000$
  3. HRH Visconti 42,000$
  4. The 4 Seasons: 36,000$
  5. The Caran D’ache 1010: 19,000$
  6. OMAS Limited Edition: 16,500$
  7. David Oscarson: 4,900$
  8. S.T.: 2,400$
  9. Graf von Faber-Castell: 2,000$
  10. Conway Stewart Westminster Teal: 1,800$

And the most affordable among them all is …

  1. Cartier Santos-Dumont: only 910$ for a single pen!

That’s amazing! Many of us wonder, “Who would pay so much for a pen?” If you found yourself wondering the same, remember that the Diamante by Aurora is covered with diamonds. That’s the reason it’s so expensive. The company only makes one per year. Probably not a shocking bit of information. They design it for the customer with input for whatever the buyer wants in the design. If someone wants a coat of arms incorporated into the design, the company will provide.

Now, if you’re sane, your inner voice may sound something like this, “Even if it’s diamond studded, isn’t it still just a pen? What if you open it up and it doesn’t work…do you get your money back? Is that the one pen you would steal from the workplace? What if you loaned your pen to someone so they could jot down a phone number and they walked away with it? And if that did happen, would you freak out, or would you be so rich anyway you’d just figure you’d buy another one next year? If you weren’t using your diamond-coated pen, would you stick it behind your ear? Would you ever even use it or would you stow it in a safety deposit box?”

Sanity asks questions and doesn’t require answers. All the answers would depend on the individual. The same is true for the answer to this question: Is a million dollar pen a writer’s dream or a writer’s nightmare?

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, twelve screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at xenosthesia.com or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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