I'm not stopping to write a big long blog post, just to post this video for all those beginning (and continuing) creative people who are doubting themselves, several of whom have recently contacted me via Wattpad. It says pretty much everything you need to know to persevere at what you want to do well, except … Continue reading Ira Glass on “The Gap”
Hello #Storycrafters! @Story-Craft passed 1000 followers, this week, and I've had a little time in the hotel, today, before returning to the task of unpacking at the new place, so I thought it would be interesting to see from where in the world we all tweet. As it turns out, while most #storycrafters are in North America, and, of … Continue reading World Map of the first 1000 #Storycraft-ers!
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott My rating: 4 of 5 stars I'd heard about this book for years, but hadn't read it because I generally prefer to read books about writing theory, rather than "writer-on-writing"/writer's journey books, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Lamott is serious enough about … Continue reading Review: Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott
So, we arrived safe and tired in the wee hours of Friday morning and checked into the hotel room which will magically become our leased apartment early next week. On Friday night, our brains were still pretty much fried and we had missed Captain America in cinemas in Sydney, so we decided to take advantage … Continue reading Culture Shock in the Cinema
After almost 12 months of ordering inks and pens from Pear Tree Pens, I realised that I was loyal to them not only because of the samples they offered (pictured left) but because of the personal service I received, despite that it was an online shop and so part of the interwebs what is destroying the customer … Continue reading An Interview with Pear Tree Pens Ryan Roossinck
In my introductory post to my recent series on the Sailor Jentle, 2011 Limited Edition Collection, I mentioned that limited editions were difficult, if not impossible to “sample”. Sampling fountain pen inks was something I discovered when I returned to Sydney and found that it was nigh on impossible to find inks that weren’t … Continue reading Sample ink before you buy, even Down Under.
Grenade is extremely close to the Oku Yama of the Autumn 2010 range and I wondered, for a few moments, if this was just re-named for the English market (if oddly.) When I opened the lid, though, it was clear that Grenade has more pink to it, where Oku Yama has a more of … Continue reading Ink Review: Grenade, Sailor L. E. Spring 2011 Collection
This is a medium green with little blue in it and is almost an army green (in fact I wish I had the Noodler’s Army Green to compare it to, it’s probably similar.) Finding a green that isn’t too blue, without being yellow is actually hard work. Epinard sits nicely between Edelstein’s rich, dark Aventurine … Continue reading Ink Review: Epinard, Sailor L. E. Spring 2011 Collection
For some reason, I’ve always loved to write my fiction in purple ink but finding good mid and light purples, which aren’t painfully bright can be tough. Sailor’s Winter 2010 collection gave me one of my all time favourite inks: Fuji Musume, a beautiful, pastel purple; This Spring Sailor has brought us Ultramarine, a mid-purple … Continue reading Ink Review: Ultramarine, Sailor L. E. Spring 2011 Collection