A Look At The F.P.R. Indus Fountain Pen

As a writer, who prefers to write with pen and paper, having a good writing instrument is paramount. The pen of choice, you guessed it, a fountain pen. The choice to return to these fine pens was because of my hand cramping. Using the ballpoint pens for any length of time always brought writer’s cramp in short order. Not so with fountain pens which one can use with little effort and a long, long, long, long, long time. I think you understand what I’m trying to say. Fountain pens, for me, have been a hand saver.

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Recently I purchased a piston fill F.P.R. Indus fountain pen from Fountain Pen Revolution. I never had one of this type before – only converter, refill or eye dropper – so I thought it would be a nice change. And it was.

Black was the chosen colour for black ink (I use several coloured inks) with a fine nib. Writing with this pen has been a pleasure. It writes very smooth and glides without effort across the page using Waterman Black ink. The ink reservoir appear to be large enough to handle the amount of writing I do without the need to be constantly refilling. The piston fill mechanism worked very well after I got a good handle on its use – like I said, first one of these owned.

There are a few things that I was not fond of.  First, the weight. It feels a little light (14 grams) compared with other pens in my collection , but after using for some time now it is hardly noticeable. The second is the cap. Although I like the fact it is a screw on cap, I feel uncomfortable posting it as it seems it might crack if I do. Writing with an un-posted pen is not an issue as it still fits in my hand well, but I don’t want to risk cracking the cap. Another thing, but this is a personal note, I should have bought the pen with an Extra Fine nib instead of the Fine nib. I’ll be sure to grab some when I order another pen, likely the maroon F.P.R. Indus for red ink editing. You can view the entire F.P.R collection here.

I am very happy with this pen. It writes well, but because of my cap issue, I will rate it 8/10.

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Currently Reading “The Ark” by Boyd Morrison

Just finished, actually. I’ve been reading this genre a lot more lately and find it interesting and captivating. “The Ark“, Morrisons first novel and was delighted. Books are supposed to be enteraining and “The Ark” was. Thank Boyd. I will give “the Ark” 4/5 Stars.

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The ArkThe Ark: A Novel (Tyler Locke series)
Boyd Morrison  @BoydMorrison

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~~~ Book Description ~~~

In national bestselling author Boyd Morrison’s debut, the unraveling of one of the greatest archeological mysteries from the bible—Noah’s Ark—could threaten civilization itself in this blockbuster hailed by James Rollins as “a stunning thriller.”

When brilliant archaeologist Dilara Kenner is contacted by Sam Watson, an old family friend who says that he has crucial information about her missing father, Dilara abandons her Peruvian dig and rushes to Los Angeles to meet him. But at the airport, Sam speaks instead of Noah’s Ark—the artifact her father had long been searching for—and the possible death of billions. Before Sam can explain, he collapses. With his dying breath, he urges Dilara to find Tyler Locke—a man she’s never heard of.

Two days later Dilara manages to track down former combat engineer Tyler Locke on an oil rig off Newfoundland. Her helicopter transport goes down well short of the oil rig’s landing pad and Dilara and those aboard nearly drown. No sooner is Dilara safely on the rig than she convinces Tyler the crash was no accident. Tyler agrees to help her uncover the secret behind Noah’s Ark and, more important, her father’s disappearance. As the picture begins to come into focus, they realize they have just seven days to find the Ark before its secret is used to wipe out civilization once again.

With a chilling premise and a blistering pace, Boyd Morrison combines all the best elements of a blockbuster thriller with an intelligent and fascinating exploration of one of the Old Testament’s great mysteries.

~~~ From The Amazon Product Page ~~~

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Currently Reading ‘Zen of Ebook Formatting’ by Guido Henkel

Finished reading June 2, 2015. I don’t think I could say I really finished. This is the type of book you would read again and again, plus have it ready as a useful reference every time you need to format a book. For me that means there could be long periods of time between formatting tasks (I will not retain all the information required). That is why it will remain on my Kindle.

This is a very informative book. For me, not knowing any HTML code at all, I did not find the information difficult to assimilate and apply: only a little time consuming due to my lack of coding knowledge. That will change with experience.

When applying this knowledge, I saw a completely different result compared to previous attempts using WORD alone. This became apparent when both converted documents were read with my Kindle.

If you are serious about formatting your own ebooks, you need to be serious about it and get this book. You will not be disappointed.

Great job Guido. I give this book at 5/5 star rating.

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There are a number of stories I’ve written requiring proper formatting, so when I saw “Zen of Ebook Formatting” I knew I had to pick it up. The first time I heard about this book was through David Gaughran  and his website.  This, then led me to Guido Henkel I have read the first quarter of the book so far and it appears it will indeed be interesting. Since I know very little about HTML this book should be helpful. I’m always up for learning new techniques and aspects to aid in my endeavours for self-publishing and I have a good feeling “Zen of Ebook Formatting” is not going to disappoint me.

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Zen of ebook formatingZen of eBook Formatting: A Step-by-step Guide To Format eBooks for Kindle and EPUB [Kindle Edition] Guido Henkel @GuidoHenkel 

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~~~ Book Description ~~~

Take Pride in Your eBook Formatting! Creating professional quality eBooks requires a lot more than a quick export from a word processor! Step by step, “Zen of eBook Formatting” takes a detailed look at the process that Guido Henkel has used to format close to a thousand eBooks over the past years. Formatter to New York Times bestselling writers and indie authors alike, Henkel makes the process understandable and easy to follow for anyone. Whether you want to create an eBook for Kindle, or you want to format your manuscript as an ePub file, “Zen of eBook Formatting” is the perfect companion for the task. “Zen of eBook Formatting” covers the entire process from basic clean-up of the manuscript to basic HTML tagging, all the way to advanced features, and error-checking, teaching you the skills necessary to give your own eBooks the professional polish they deserve.

~~~ Taken From The Amazon Product Page ~~~

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Currently Reading “Hollow World” By Michael J. Sullivan

I finished reading this book yesterday (March 11,2015). Having been a fan of Michael’s writing for some time it was interesting to see him write in a different genre. I was disappointed at first, fully expecting Royce and Hadrian type characters to emerge and take over the scenes, or the relating of situations to books, TV shows and characters from our time. I was expecting a MacGyver analogy which never came, or maybe I missed it. It seemed Michael didn’t seem as comfortable with Hollow World as he was with “Riyria Revelations” and “Riyria Chronicles” (personal perception).

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed this book very much and took time out of my days to read it. The story was interesting and the plot moved fairly well. There were some topics in the book I felt unconfortable with, but that’s okay. The real world if far more controversial.

…but I am waiting for the next installment with Royce and Hadrian or the first book in the new series.

Thanks again, Michael. I will give “Hollow World” 4 Stars.

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hollow worldHollow World
By Michael J. Sullivan @author_sullivan

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~~~ Book Description ~~~

The FUTURE IS COMING…FOR SOME SOONER THAN OTHERS
Ellis Rogers is an ordinary man who is about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe and done the right thing, but when diagnosed with a terminal illness, he’s willing to take an insane gamble. He’s built a time machine in his garage, and if it works, he’ll face a world that challenges his understanding of what it means to be human, what it takes to love, and the cost of paradise. Ellis could find more than a cure for his disease; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time began — but only if he can survive the Hollow World.

~~~ From Amazon Product Page ~~~

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Currently Reading “The Ice Princess” by Camilla Lackberg

Finished reading the book March 5, 2015. I must say that I was somewhat disappointed with the book. First of all the writing it self. This, however, could just the translation by  Steven T. Murray. I know the difficulties translating can produce and have seen the same issue with other works translated into English: it doesn’t always come out quite right. What I was hoping to read in this book was a strong heroine in Erica Falck from the pen a female author. Here is where I found Lackburg fell short. And not just Erica, but her sister as well who is in an abusive relationship but unwilling to deal with it, nor did Erica step in. Throughout the book the momemtum is lost while one character or another, in tedious fashion, examines their emotional state. Had these been removed there would have been much better flow. In addition, had the book been trimmed by 25% it would have been better.

Is it enough to keep me from reading another one of her books? In all likelihood, no. “The Preacher” is Lackberg’s second book, which I will read. But, not sure when.

I did enjoy the plot of “The Ice Princess”, and for that reason will give the book 3 Stars.

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ice princessThe Ice Princess
by Camilla Lackberg @camillalackberg

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~~~ Book Description ~~~

The gripping psychological thriller debut of the No.1 international bestselling Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg.

Returning to her hometown after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice cold bath, it seems that she has taken her own life.

Erica conceives a memoir about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will answer questions about their lost friendship. While her interest grows to an obsession, local detective Patrik Hedstrom is following his own suspicions about the case. But it is only when they start working together that the truth begins to emerge about the small town with a deeply disturbing past.

~~~ From Amazon Product Page ~~~

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New Book Cover for “Restoration”

I have determined a new cover should be used for “Restoration”. It seems a simpler design is warranted, so below you will see the 8 possible designs. Although they are generally the same, they differ in background colour and lettering and embossing.

If you would like to help me pick one, that would be greatly appreciated. Simply leave a comment below or go HERE.

Thank you.

Covers all in one

 

 

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Currently Reading “A.D. 30″ by Ted Dekker

I finished the book last night (Feb 21), and I must say, I am very impressed. This apparent shift of Genre will not hurt Ted Dekker, I’m sure. Well constructed and developed characters and of course the setting: Circa AD 30 in Palestine. From beginning to end this book speak of Jesus (Yeshau) directly or indirectly. Another wonderful book about The Christ and how He changes lives. I will be sure to check out Mr. Dekker’s earlier works and wait in anticipation for the next book in this series, A.D. 33. If this is the type of Genre you like, you will most certainly enjoys this.  4 1/2 Stars.

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I have never read a Ted Dekker novel. It was suggested by a friend.

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ad30A.D. 30: A Novel
by Ted Dekker @TedDekker

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~~~ Book Description ~~~~

A sweeping epic set in the harsh deserts of Arabia and ancient Palestine.

A war that rages between kingdoms on the earth and in the heart.

The harrowing journey of the woman at the center of it all.

Step back in time to the year of our Lord…A.D. 30.

The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very people who rejected her. When their enemies launch a sudden attack with devastating consequences, Maviah escapes with the help of two of her father’s warriors–Saba who speaks more with is sword than his voice and Judah, a Jew who comes from a tribe that can read the stars. Their journey will be fraught with terrible danger. If they can survive the vast forbidding sands of a desert that is deadly to most, they will reach a brutal world subjugated by kings and emperors. There Maviah must secure an unlikely alliance with King Herod of the Jews.

But Maviah’s path leads her unexpectedly to another man. An enigmatic teacher who speaks of a way in this life which offers greater power than any kingdom. His name is Yeshua, and his words turn everything known on its head. Though following him may present even greater danger, his may be the only way for Maviah to save her people–and herself.

 

 

~~~ From Amazon Product Page ~~~

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