I tried lettering again with the Pilot Parallel Pen. I think when I tried before I was working too hard. I started in a similar fashion today, but once I just decided to write I found the letters flowed a little better. The Parallel Pen still isn't my favorite pen, but I will keep trying it.
At the bottom of this page I took a generic black pen and practiced a favorite lettering style by Lisa Engelbrecht that I found in Creative Lettering by Jenny Doh.