Especially when you aren’t using real feathers. For one thing, these fake ones I’m using are very difficult to cut fine enough for my liking. Typically I use the finest point ballpoint pens available to man, because my handwriting is famously miniscule. One professor at UTSA resorted to getting a magnifying glass out whenever I brought him things to read, and it wasn’t entirely in jest. Trying to cut these fake feathers is both scary (I’m using a thick exacto knife blade) and… I can’t think of a word other than icky. The feeling of trying to scrape down this plastic or whatever it is is like running your nails over a chalkboard. Needless to say, I’m not exactly keen to spend a lot of time doing this. I hope real feathers have a different texture and are easier to cut.
I believe I am going to write these attempts off and use a modern calligraphy pen for this project. I hope some day to get REAL feathers, and try again, but for now I think I have to admit defeat.