Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Preview: Launches Thursday on Amazon Kindle

The cover for the project I've been working on the past three months. I'm publishing Thursday on Amazon, in their Kindle e-books section. Will have more details then, but I'm starting to get excited. Many thanks to Jack & Carolyne for reading parts of the various drafts.

Edit--forgot to add the synopsis.

The Akashic Records is a mystical library that records everything that happens in the universe, and contains the life stories of everyone who's ever lived. But sometimes, there are blanks.

Malley Hanson is a Keeper, part of an elite group of information hunters charged with finding missing knowledge for the Akashic Records. Her first assignment is Sophie Torresta, a factory worker who should have died in the 1911 Triangle Factory fire at the old Asch Building but who's death was not recorded.

When Sophie appears claiming she was murdered, Malley doesn't believe her but begins investigating. Strange attacks start happening at the old Asch Building, and Malley must stop a ruthless spirit who holds the key to Sophie's murder--and plans to kill again.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Field Notes at Governor's Island

My friend C and I went to Governor's Island for the “Graphic Design—Now In Production” show. Just inside the door is a glass case highlighting smaller design concepts and there it was, Field Notes.

The description on the left reads:

Aaron Draplin and Coudal Partners

This line of handy memo books is designed for capturing ideas on the move. Designed by Aaron Draplin (Portland, Oregon) in league with Coudal Partners (Chicago), the brand invokes the can-do, make-do spirit of plumbers, farmers, and software engineers. Limited-edition series such as the dry-transfer edition have been known to incite frenzy among hardcore collectors.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Diamine Sargasso Sea Ink Review

Many thanks to B. for color correcting the above pic. This looks much better.
Many thanks to JetPens for giving me the chance to review one of Diamine's new inks, Sargasso Sea.  One of Diamine's new inks introduced on June 1, it's a very deep blue with what I'd say was just a touch of purple, but not much.

I love Sargasso Sea's dark blue color. There's good saturation of the InkJournal paper, though I had a hard time seeing much shading.  It's also a fast drying ink, didn't smudge on my hands at all. I used a vintage Parker Duofold with a Lucky Chance fine-medium nib with the above InkJournal test, and liked the way the ink looked on the bright, thick paper. 

Here's a comparison of Diamine Sargasso Sea with a few other blue inks that I thought was interesting.: Everflo's True Blue, Noodler's Henry Hudson Blue, and Noodler's Manhattan Blue.  Henry Hudson, which Noodler's makes for the Fountain Pen Hospital, has much more purple in it, while the Noodler's Manhattan Blue (for Art Brown) has more black in it.  Everflo's True Blue is lighter and, like its name, a truer blue.  Sargasso Sea is much darker, but there's also a brightness to it that I like.

Sargasso Sea is a great addition to the Diamine line up, take a look at their other new colors as well over at JetPens.