Well I do have about 50 wood blanks for penturning. Maybe I will just give it another try. Thanks for the encouragement. Recently moved to Tenn, so I will have to look around for a penturning class nearby. It took me three blanks to finally get the pen I posted on FPN.
I agree with EBUCKTHORN and would encourage you to, not dismiss the idea of pen making at this point.
There is a funny thing I learn about creating, it is always hard! As you master a skill, you push the envelop, use harder materials, more complex designs, so it never gets easy, And despite all that is incredibility rewarding. I love doing it and always will.
It is very hard to judge your own work right after you made it, because you just did battle with it, because it might look a little different than you expected, it is very difficult to be objective. Trust what others to tell you about it. With a little time the objectivity returns and you will be able to enjoy it. I always look at what I could do different if I were to do it again and what I like and wouldn't change.
critique is important for improvement, I ask a kids what they think, they will give you a honest answer.
I have a ritual, to get in the mood, I make a cup of tee, and clean up my shop, sort material and fix little things, Usually this leads me into s session, If not my shop still benefits.