Wiser Web Wednesday

Wiser Web Wednesday – a semi-regular link to posts of interest from around the web, by those far wiser than myself:


Mark Hodder Presents
For the past year or so, I have done all of my writing in Ulysses, switching between the Mac and iPad versions at will, with iCloud providing a seamless transition between the two by reliably syncing my work.

Although largely a piece extolling the virtues of Ulysses, there is also a glimpse into the workings and workflows of an author — something I always find particularly fascinating:
This Writing Malarky: How I Work

The New York Review of Books
Elmore Leonard produced forty-five novels in fifty-nine years. That is some career. There were certainly few better than those I was fortunate enough to pick up and read, beginning with 1988’s Freaky Deaky, through Get Shorty (1990); Rum Punch (1992); Out of Sight (1996); Cuba Libre (1998) and Be Cool (1999).

A little back story on the man behind so many marvellous words:
The Elmore Leonard Story


I too have migrated my Zite feed to Flipboard in the last few weeks, however have been an active Flipboard user for quite some time now. I use my own “Magazines” as read-it-later type services, enjoying the format when I go back and read what I “flip” in there. Probably worth a post at some point, however it would no doubt be somewhat less elegant than this one:
Migrating Zite to Flipboard

Incidentally, my Flipboard magazines unsurprisingly run across two categories — drum roll please: coffee, and pen & paper. What? How could you possibly have guessed?:
Brew – Ways of Coffee
Analogue Station – Pens, Paper & Other Capers


Alt. Haven
A first paper review? You’d never know it, as Junee’s concise yet informative piece flows as well as any. As for the subject matter, the good old Tomoe River paper really does take some beating, and the form factor of these Backpocket journals looks pretty impressive as well.
Review: Blank and Write Backpocket Journal Tomoe River Edition


The Gentleman Stationer
Another Kakuno review and another happy reviewer — certainly no surprise to me. As far as the price point and value for money are concerned, this probably sums it up (a statement you won’t read in a Visconti review):

…so I dropped it into my cart when I was doing my weekly household shopping

Also, I’d agree — there are other “beginner” pens far more “child-like” out there, and I happily abscond with my son’s intermittently:
The Pilot Kakuno: Another Excellent Option for Newbies


It is posts such as these which confirm my embrace on the superficial nature of my own — and I’m certainly not complaining. One of the main reasons I write here is to learn, most often from posts like this one. Being somewhat of a Pilot fan – I of course very much enjoyed this one from Paul:
Pilot Pens and the Super Quality Nib & Feed System


Crónicas Estilográficas
Here I refer you to my comments immediately above. I love these posts — always so much to learn (did I say that already?):
Of Nibs and Models. Pilot


Tools & Toys
A Josh Ginter pen review for Tools & Toys is always worth reading — and ogling. I have a couple of Kaweco Sports — both of the plastic variety and have been eyeing those of metal construction for some time, and the Brass looks mighty attractive.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again about Josh’s posts: Great review. Fantastic photography:
The Kaweco BRASS Sport Fountain Pen Review


Field Notes Brand
The Fall 2015 Colors Seasonal release is here, with another great video well worth watching. For the first time, Field Notes have made their own paper. Looking forward to the reviews.

Let the Tweets begin:
“Shenandoah” for Fall 2015


Coffee Strides
I offer this link for obvious reasons, however with minimal basis for comment. As I’ve said many a time — my coffee thoughts and opinions are formed squarely as a consumer, having never worked in the industry. That said, gender equality across an entire industry is both a serious matter, and something worth striving for.

And personally I am not a fan of calling out a high ranking female competitor for being female. Who cares if you are the highest ranking female? The point is to understand why, in general terms, women are not competing as much as men and why, when they compete, they do not seem to win.

Some interesting thoughts here:
Why Women Do Not Compete in Coffee Competitions

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