When I first discussed the concept of a Pay-it-Forward table in Washington D.C, I had an idea of what it would be: a small table, with writing paraphernalia left by members of the writing community and a few goodie bags with a fountain pen and vial of ink for children or newer community members. Krystle Azer from SquishyInk also generously volunteered to help me out, bring a few of her Hippo Noto notebooks and some Hippo Noto ink for people to try at the show. As of today, I am proud to say that we have grown to something much larger than I could have ever imagined. I am continually blown away by the generosity of the writing community, and would like to thank each and every one of you for your effort in making this event happen.
We have had to make a few changes to the table. We have removed the marketplace from the table, as it would have proved to be a lot of trouble to keep up with and a possible liability. The safety of your pens and writing paraphernalia is important to us, and we wouldn't want something to happen to it while it was under our care. As a result of having this extra space, we will have some pens for people to enter and win, including a custom pen by Jonathon Brooks of The Carolina Pen Company, and some Mabie Todd pens, courtesy of The Fountain Pen Hospital, along with a few other goodies from our sponsors.
There are still 15 days until The Washington D.C. Pen Supershow, and we are continually receiving more pens, inks and writing paraphernalia that you will be able to find at our table. We have determined that we will have roughly 200 starter packs to hand out to new community members and children. I cannot begin to tell you how blown away I am by the support of the community, and you will definitely see it during the festivities on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the show.
If you are not able to attend the D.C. Pen Supershow, please do not be disappointed, I would like to plan on going to San Fransisco in the future, as well as Baltimore for their pens shows. Thank you to the community from the bottom of my heart for making this happen. Without you, this would not be possible. I hope to see you all in D.C, until then, it's back to building boxes for me. Cheers!