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  1. J

    It will be plenty busy this fall struggling through crowds to finish up Back to School shopping and trying not to forget anything (or lose anything, for that matter).

  2. This Autumn will be a different one, first Autumn with my little guy and I’m looking forward to showing him the seasons changing and all the wonder of the colour and the change in the air. So much fun and as you say a good time to refresh!

  3. mickeyobe

    October/November, 2011. After the untimely death of my oldest son my younger son and I had to get away from reality for a while.
    We drove from Toronto to Fort St. Louis on the Atlantic coast with stops in cities and villages and magnificent landscapes.
    The entire three week trip was a kaleidoscope of unbelievable colours without cessation.
    We saw much of the eastern part of our country and discovered how gracious our fellow Canadians are.
    I shot over 1100 photos of this wonderous land. We return to them frequently.
    Mickey

  4. Thanks Liz and Jon for the new contest and I hope you guys will be able to go out and enjoy the foliage when autumn comes around, especially with Caleb!

    While we have had a relatively mild seasonal year, I look forward to autumn because of the colours and the excuse to always wear a thick sweater in the office without the judging looks I get now; I think the A/C is set to Hoth.

  5. Fall is the start of the New Year for me. I am more comfortable in the cool air, the windows are open, the house smells fresh. I love wearing sweaters and boots. This year is all about creating our office/den/music/guest room.

  6. Jennifer Cole

    Fall is such a great season! Our kids started school last week, so even though it is still quite warm, it feels like fall is almost here. We have a big move coming up at the end of the year, so our fall will be spent cleaning and packing and saying goodbyes. Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. This will be the first fall in a very long time where I will not be going back to school. This is sad but hey, I guess that’s a part of growing up. Fall is easily my favourite time of year with the perfect temperature (to me) and the leaves falling to the ground. I should really follow your advice and clean up my office and start journaling again!

  8. This fall will just be another new year in university. Plans are to pick up more consistent journalling and be able to manage my thoughts more easily. It will be a great year of new ambitions and hard work (I hope!). Will definitely be filled with excited visits to your store to pick up new things 🙂

  9. Kerry

    I have already purged my room of any and all things useless and MAN was that a great feeling!
    I’m definitely a fall person, you get to wear cozy sweaters but not yet any bulky coats and the leaves are BEAUTIFUL. there’s no other time of year when the air is that crisp either. Pure bliss.

  10. Billie

    I have mixed feelings about Fall this year. I’m looking forward to the cooler weather and shopping for school supplies, but the house will feel empty with all the kids off to school.

  11. Prachi L.

    For me, fall is a season of colors. I love the vibrant yellows, oranges, reds and browns! As for a new start, we all could use a haircut/new hairdo for the coming winter months (when you won’t want to leave the house ;P)!

  12. Amanda

    Working in Education means that my new year starts in September (Right after Labour Day to be exact), and every year I get to buy my back to school outfit…why should the kids get all the new things? January 1st, that is pretty much just another day to me but one that I get to spend with my family. For me the change of calendars is in September, it’s just easier to run on the same schedule school and that way you don’t have to change planners halfway through the year. 🙂 I work with international students and am looking forward to welcoming new students to campus from around the world with all the excitement that brings. I get to see my part of Canada anew each Fall as students experience it for the first time. I’m looking forward to talking about our great seasons and that winter may or may not be as cold as they have been lead to believe, mostly by upper semester students who actually have just been complaining about how hot it is. The cooler weather will be welcome is it might mean my office will be warmer than it is in the summer, and then the first snow fall. That is always a fun day, as the students who are seeing snow for the first time run out to enjoy it, and those of us who know what that means stay inside and start counting the days until summer will come again. Fall brings a life and vibrancy to campus that is missing in the summer and winter; the summer because fewer students are on campus and the winter because Well it’s Winter. Fall is a wonderful season and my favorite. The warm days and cool nights makes it one of the best seasons to start a new hobby, get outside for a walk or take a “Sunday Drive” to enjoy the fall colours. I am very lucky that I live in a region of Ontario where I just have to step outside to be greeted by the changing colours and will admit that I appreciate them much more now that I’m older and don’t have to rake leaves. 🙂

  13. Louise

    Fall means colder weather and lots of rain. It also means my birthday is coming up, and leaves make crunching sounds when you step on them.

  14. I love fall as well — as an academic it always is the harbinger of the new year. This year brings an especially fresh start for me as I am — as I type! — organizing the study in my new home. New desk, new paint colours on the walls, fresh breeze coming through the big windows, and a view of the giant linden tree in my front yard. All this will only get better as fall approaches. I’ve always loved back to school shopping — only now instead of duo-tangs and pencil crayons it’s Leuchtturm notebooks and new fountain pens and yet another colour of bottled ink to add to the collection! Happy fall to you and Jon and the wonderpens family!

  15. Michelle Suratos

    Hello! Thanks for including your non-Canadian followers in your giveaway! I’d hope the white rabbit candies in the photo were included. 😄

  16. This fall is a big new start for me, as I’ll be at a new job and in a new city. I’m excited to see how the leaves changing will be different in a different part of Canada.

  17. Ian

    I really love the seeing the loves change to warmer colours in the fall. I really like wearing sweaters and drinking hot chocolate in the cost weather. Fall is one of my favorite seasons.

    Thanks for the chance to win. 😄

  18. Anali

    I’m looking forward to being able to cozy up in a warm sweater and sip hot chocolate while sitting on my deck. Mmmmm.

  19. This fall will be a very busy one around here, as my husband’s third novel is coming out in September. So the coming months will be all about the book launch, touring the book fairs, getting the word out, and enjoying the feedback we’ll finally get to hear on that story into which he put so much work. And now I’m going back to reading it once again, in a last attempt to catch any remaining typos before the publisher sends it off to be printed!

  20. I just moved into a new house, so this fall is all about fresh starts and getting organized. As busy and hectic as it’s all been, I’m really looking forward to everything.

  21. Tracey

    I’m looking forward to the Autumn smells!! We have Golden Retrievers–as odd as it sounds, they look extra-glorious with all the fall colours! LOL

  22. Thyna

    hello! thanks so much for such a generous giveaway (: this fall is the official start of my second year of grad school. i’ve been studying/researching throughout the summer so that’s just going to continue into the fall, but september marks the return of actual classes and a nine-month stint as a teaching assistant. lots coming up in the fall as it always is for students!

  23. for Canadians each change I season brings a new appreciation for the beauty of our country. no where else does Mother Nature grab her coloured ink and paint the landscape the way she does here. who doesn’t love that burst of colour before the winter.

  24. Tasy Strouzas

    I love the fall! Going for long walks with my family, drinking coffee, reading books with the window open and the crisp air coming through. Where I live there is an old ghost town in the mountains that we love to explore in the fall. The only thing I don’t like is that fall means winter is coming!

  25. Sonya

    This new back-to-school season is like no other for me. Having just finished a PhD in Chemistry, I’m starting the three-year journey of law school. It would be lovely to have these goodies in my school bag. =)

  26. David Dawson

    The fall brings one of my favourite seasons…tomato season! I pick up a part-time job (read: hobby) trucking tomatoes from field to factory. I love it!

    Thanks for the great blog and store! About to put in my first order!

  27. RonB

    After last winter being so long, I’m not sure that I’m ready for fall just yet, but it is a beautiful time of year for sure!

  28. Rick

    Hello from Washington DC!
    I don’t really want to win — if by chance you choose my name, please choose someone else.
    I just wanted to say hi, and I really like your blog!

  29. Susan W.

    This post is so appropriate to what’s happening in my life right now…I’m right in the middle of purging books, papers and unneeded things from my house. And while the days of kids going back to school are long gone for us, my husband is now driving a school bus since retiring from his office job so we are once again experiencing that back-to-school feeling in a way. Awesome giveaway you’re offering here…thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  30. Paul Y

    If you don’t make it over to Kingston, a great way place to enjoy fall without leaving the city is to take a walk through Wilket Creek Park. Start at the south end at Sunnybrook Park and walk all the way up to Edwards Gardens and the Toronto Botanical Centre. You would forget you’re in the city.

    • mickeyobe

      Parkin,
      Those parks and Edwards Gardens are my favourite places in Toronto.
      I used to bicycle there when I was able.
      The flowers are an endless source of wonder and awe.
      I still go and rendezvous with some friendly chipmunks and colourful bugs.
      But beware the Canada Geese. They should be exiled.

  31. Andrew

    I will finally be off from university in a few days and starting my 4 month internship in Toronto in the upcoming weeks. Finally a break from school. 😀

  32. Connah

    It will be extremely busy! My final year of University before receiving my bachelors, and a trip to none other than Italy in the works to keep me on my feet. Should be an exciting ‘fall’ but hopefully with some time to relax in there too, to soak up that cool crisp air.

  33. Elaine Chak

    Fall this year means my baby will be turning one year old, it’s my last chance to get my thesis done and get out of school, and since my husband will be going back to work after the parental leave, I will be parenting a toddler all on my own. This fall is definitely a time for some new starts. 🙂

  34. This is the first fall I won’t be going back to school, having graduated in June. However, I do love the back-to-school effect of autumn so I will be taking a language class and I’m resolved to practice my handwriting!

  35. Tida

    Thanks for hosting this great giveaway! Fall is my favourite season and I agree that it’s the perfect time for a fresh start. I love the crisp air and shopping for new school supplies!

    This fall, I’ll be starting university (eek!) and living on my own for the first time. It’s going to be really scary for me but I’m going to have a bunch of cute stationery to study with, so hopefully I’ll make it…

  36. acksee

    Even though I have been out of school for over 20 years, every September I get that antsy, back-to-school feeling.

  37. Desiree

    I was able to visit you for the first time this past week, and it was such a treat. Jon was very helpful, and so patient as I browsed the store and asked questions.
    It took me almost two and a half hours to get there, but I’m already trying to find excuses to go back.

  38. Tanya

    I am going to start slowing things down, and try to live one day at a time. Starting with enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of Fall.

  39. LisaRR

    Yes September always feels like a new start.
    I can always use some new resolve to clear out junk, piles of paper, etc.
    Thanks for the contest!

  40. Madox

    I feel guilty not having homework anymore, so I’m going to give myself some: writing out my favourite online recipes to rescue them from their purely digital existence. I’m hoping to make a simple little guidebook to my absolute favs so I can leave buttery fingerprints on the pages like my grandmother did in her cookbooks. You can always tell her most-used recipes by the marks left behind by frequent smudges and drips.
    I want to make something worth loving and getting messy when I use it. That seems like good homework to me.

  41. Akosua

    This will be the first Autumn in a very long time where I won’t have school to look forward to (but I’m planning on going back next year). I’m not sure if I should feel happy or sad but I’m just going to enjoy a season without homework 🙂

  42. Shaun

    Although I like the summer and some time off, there is something comfortable about the return to routine in September.

  43. Susan

    Hello – I always end up doing “fall cleaning” rather than spring cleaning, so I’ll be clearing things out and rearranging furniture over the next few weeks. I will also, hopefully, be starting a new job soon.

  44. As fall doesn’t happen where I live, I always think that any time is a great time for new beginnings. 😀 I’ve begun going out of my comfort zone and be more adventurous craft-wise. I’ve already finished a DIY travelers notebook out of paper! (well, cardboard) All these creativity I’m seeing on social media is very inspiring.

  45. I’m going to start a new notebook to revise my Chemistry knowledge. While I say I can teach it, I haven’t actually had to opportunity to do so since I left uni. My worst fear is to get a job and land headfirst in the electrochemistry topic… I’m always looking for an excuse to write more.

  46. Lilith

    Yes Liz! You should come visit Kingston! Pick up some local veggies and eat some Pierogies at the Memorial Centre Farmers Market, then go for a walk with Super at Lake Ontario Park!

  47. NatalieP-J

    I got my fresh start at little early this year – I recently moved to a new apartment, and decided that that was as good a time as any to start a journal. I’ve been faithful for about two weeks, and hope that can continue in the face of another fresh start: graduate school. I found Wonder Pens only this past April, but having such a friendly store nearby really helped jump-start my love of fountain pens. I’ve been finding excuses all summer to put pen to paper. I’m hoping my new journalling habit will eventually lead me to other kinds of writing on a daily basis.

  48. In the fall (or as we say in the UK, autumn) things always start to get even busier for me. People come back from annual leave and my place of work then revs up into full swing! However the change of colours and the evenings drawing in are always nice.

  49. Almost two decades later, fall still feels like time to go back to school – to buy new supplies, clothes, and bags – that I don’t really even need anymore! Ok, maybe I need those paper clips. 🙂

  50. Vivian Carter

    We’ll fresh start is this: I just got my last test result – and I am cancer free after two years of treatments! I haven’t been able to write for so long (too sick, couldn’t concentrate, worrying, trying to keep the family going). But hey, it’s time! I’d love new goodies to start all over. (With a free and happy heart!)

  51. Sean

    This fall will be quite a significant fresh start for me. I’ll be completing my undergraduate studies in a couple weeks, and come September I’ll be entering the professional world.

  52. Ted

    Maybe ’cause I’ve spent a good part of my life in school, the Tuesday after Labour Day has felt more like the start of the new year than January 1 ever did. (BTW: Queens Alumnus, here. BMus, ’82)

    This fall is big for me. I suffered severe burnout a couple of years back, and my life has been…well, very odd since. So this fall is the time to get back on track, and start building a life I want — or as close to it as I can get. I’ve already started the process, but September is when the plans are put into action. (Truly: I’m scared, and excited, and hopeful, and determined.)

    A few weeks back, I realized that my life was boringly lacking colour and texture. I was staring at my moanings and in my journal, and wondered what I could do to put some colour and texture into my life…a bit of inspiration to pull me along when the going gets tough and weighed down in the sameness of it all. And in a flash of “OMG!” I realized that my journal is a regular Hilroy notebook (white paper with blue lines) and a black disposable ball point…all of which is about as bland and flat as you can get, I realize. A friend –who’s into bookbinding, letterpress printing, and is a dedicated fountain pen user– suggested I might try better materials and tools for journaling. (“Seriously: fountain pen is the way to go. And you’ll be blown away when you look at the colours of ink….”)

    Hopefully September will bring a trip to Wonderpens to try out pens, and look at ink splotches. I feel I’m teetering on the edge of a rabbit hole.

    I’m looking forward to fall, indeed.

  53. Pauline

    As a child, I always enjoyed back to school shopping. I remember always perusing the items at Grand & Toy.
    This September is especially exciting because my son will be starting JK. Time really flies. Enjoy every moment with your little guy.

  54. Yvonne

    Not a teacher but work at school, so September means back to busy and vivrant atmosphere of typical new semesters. Have to kiss goodbye to peaceful office, but hope this fall will teach me to cope better with life and work.

    Just started reading your blog and it’s been a fun journey!

  55. Lyndsay Alvin T. Ng

    There is no season quite like the fall. I like fall. The days where every step we take results in pounds of sweat are long gone. It’s time to relish the cool weather this time of year brings. Love your blog.

  56. Pat D

    I’ll be TA-ing full time in the fall…Nothing like a new pen for correcting their mistakes 😛
    I’ve always been an on-off journal writer…maybe it’ll be time to start again (same with letter writing). And the weather with be cooler then and lots of fresh produce arriving (squash!).

  57. This fall I will begin to prepare for an MFA in Creative Writing – I have put aside creative work for a decade in order to pursue a PhD and a career in academia, but that path has proven to be a disappointing one. It’s taken years to gather enough courage to pursue writing, but such a risk is necessary. NB: My Midori Traveler’s Notebook is a constant writing companion!

  58. Start of September should be about when I hear back from a studio I really want to work with. Been taking a lot of notes and using paper for drafting up code. And with fall brings much cooler weather. Weather that I can actually stand while outside.

  59. Living in a tropical country means we don’t have fall, we have storm season. But I do love the cooler weather that this time of the year brings. And rainy afternoons are the best for staying in bed, being lazy

  60. I just discovered your store (and ordered a new passport Midori, thank you!). I am very envious of your delightful letter writing workshops. I think I may have to plan a trip to Toronto just so I can attend one of those!

    I live in Montreal, so fall for me means the return of the students to the McGill University campus. Oh! And changing of the leaves on the mountain just behind the campus as well, of course!

  61. Tenisha Stuckless-Wallen

    Fall is my favourite time of year also. Crisp and fresh. And back to school is always exciting. This is such a lovely giveaway 🙂

  62. Helen

    We’re a two-teacher family – I teach high school English and my husband elementary music, so each fall is definitely a new beginning in our household. We do a big cleaning of the house and cook a few batches of meals to stash in the freezer in preparation for diving into the school year.

  63. Fall is typically a very busy season for me at work. I will try to become more active and maybe start a new jogging and dieting journal to stay healthy through the season!
    Great giveaway by the way! I wonder if the white rabbits are included as well… 🙂

  64. J. C.

    I finally got myself some gum arabic so fall will be a time for me to practice pointed pen with my dip pen and fountain pen inks.

  65. Michelle

    My space is in great need of a good cleaning and organizing, so that might be my mission this fall. But I also want to improve my handwriting, watercolour, and other skills which always seem to make more messes than I want to clean.

  66. Christine

    Fall is a time for new beginnings and change. The leaves change to red and yellow and orange, and the air goes from a stagnant stickiness to a cutting breeze. I find myself turning a new leaf as well, (pun totally intended :D).

  67. ChiarosCuro

    Even though I won’t be heading back to school, for a fresh start in the fall I hope to finish at least one piece of creative writing and try writing with pen and paper instead of my laptop (likely going to use the notepad I bought from Wonderpens).

    Also, love the white rabbit milk candies!

  68. John Au

    Going back to school next week – a new Safari and notebook would be fitting! Great store and Blog – keep up the great work.

  69. N Brown

    This year is my senior year of high school, so fall is all about getting a good start to the school year, and applying to college. I’ve already started writing essays, and have submitted one application (still have to send in transcripts and scores). My goal is just to stay motivated and keep my eye on the long-term goal, instead of letting the current anxiety and apathy get hold of me. But I’m not going to forget to have a little fun too.

  70. Even though it’s fall and it means riding season is coming to an end, I’m going to ride up to Collingwood and enjoy the fall colours. I’d bring this stuff with me in my tank bag and write my personal thoughts and goals for the year end and begin thinking about 2016 in the
    Leuchtturm. I’d then put the Coach House Press notebook to start writing that novel that I keep putting off. Naturally all of this would be done with the Lamy but I would have to pick up a converter for it too.

    Cheers for fall!

  71. Chris Hurst

    The fall means that the summer is over and I didn’t get enough work done getting ready for the students coming in the fall. Sigh. Love the store and the blog.

  72. Robert J. Wiersema

    It doesn’t matter how old I get — September will always be the start of a new year for me. This year, more than most, though. With a new novel on the shelves, two courses to teach, and invitations to read at a couple of festivals, this is shaping up to be a great one. Terrifying and exciting, all at once.

  73. D.Clarke

    Fall means back to school and (hopefully) getting near the end of my Ph.D.! Nothing like starting the year off with fresh paper, pens and ink…it may be old fashioned but there is something genuine about doing work by hand and not relying on computers for everything!!

  74. This fall is actually the very last time that September will mean a new school year for me – so while it’s not quite the beginning of a new chapter of my life just yet, I can see it coming from here, which is equal parts exciting and terrifying.

  75. Rock Bisson Picard

    It announce me new pens, new notebooks and a new year with new challenges as i’m finishing my bachelor degree.

  76. parobertson

    I’m an autumn lover as well Liz. I grew up in muskoka and every fall was a natural display of colourful art. I am also fond of a fresh start and new beginnings. Even though back-to-school is long behind me, I still remember the pleasure I found in wearing a brand new outfit the first day back.

  77. Ok, let me try. It seems like next Fall I will be TAing two to three tutorials in the Meaning of Life course, haven’t worked in that course for years, so I’m curious how it will go. And to get ready for the beginning of fall, I’m going for over two weeks to upstate New York, where I will take part in Meditation and Arts academy – taking some classes in Indian vocal and harmonium. Have packed two of my Pilot Metropolitans (still hesitant about taking or not taking Prera), a regular Rhodia notebook and a little Mnemosyne notebook – all to take notes in and out of class. 🙂

  78. Lene

    It will be my first Fall in Toronto. Starting a new job, looking for a new home, while exploring my new burning passion for fountain pens!

  79. Shirley

    Fall means going to a new school in a new city…and moving out for the first time. Equally nervous and excited. I’ll definitely miss your shop when I leave. I’ll have to make a note to pick up some things before I go!

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