I'll begin with my links of interest.
IAMPETH - The International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting. An incredibly rich site spilling over with text-based and video instruction.
A few instructional sites, probably a good place for this beginner to start:
The Art of Calligraphy by David Harris.
This incredible event will occur just up the road from me:
Odyssey 2010 - The 30th International Gathering of Letter Artists
Yesterday, I displayed my tools. Today I'll spend some time with the Speedball Elegant Writer black ink felt-tipped pen. The tip is a 2.0 mm wide (labeled Fine) chisel point. It's not the choice of pros but good for beginner practice. With this pen, there are no worries with ink dipping and it can easily be used anywhere. In fact, it you're calligraphically challenged as am I, why don't you pick up one of these inexpensive pens and follow right along with me?
Next post, my first Gothic characters.