My fountain pen usage was very low during the past week. It picked up a little near the end of the week. But, at the rate I’m going, I won’t empty any June pens by the end of the month. My most used pen this week was the Sheaffer 300 Matte Green. My favorite pen/ink combo was the Kanilea Kona Cherry (EF) with Montblanc Bordeaux.
After a multi-day break in journaling I started again on Wednesday. But the entries are short, barely two pages for the 5 days. But my goal is to pull out the journal and a pen every day. One reason the entries are shorter is that I haven’t been doing the entries in the morning. I’ve been doing them at the end of the day. It’s not uncommon for me to just want to get it over with.
Current Reads, Watches & Listens
Two weeks, and a holiday weekend, worth of books.
Listening: The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. I gave up on this book, about 2 hours into the ~6 hour audiobook. I suppose all the depressing medical stories are setting up a reason for checklists that will surface later in the book. He just related one medical checklist to a success. But, I couldn’t take it anymore. I already use checklists, especially for mundane, repetitive tasks since those are what I usually screw-up, or forget where I am in the process. I think that was one point he might eventually try to make. I returned it to the library; early and unfinished. So that’s a rating of zero stars.
Listening: The Now Habit by Neil Fiore, Ph.D. I picked this one up because it was going to be discussed on the Bookworms podcast. My intent was to finish the book before listening to the podcast. I gave up on the book and listened to the podcast. They started off with a lot of the same complaints that I had, but unlike me, they stuck with it. I don’t see it as being very helpful for me and probably won’t finish it before the loan is up.
Read: Memory Man by David Balducci. I enjoyed this one a lot. Not one where I stayed up late to finish reading it. But I filled any spare time I had with the book. I plan to read the additional books in the series, although not immediately. I also consider other books by the author. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Reading: Double Booked for Death by Ali Brando. Another mystery. I’m not sure how this made it to my reading list. It’s a cozy mystery, a term I never heard before this book. The amateur sleuth is a woman who inherited a bookstore, with along with a black cat. It took a long time for the body to drop, and by then I was already bored with the characters. Are cozies supposed to take time to develop the atmosphere? The Rayland 3-book set became available, so I put this one aside for that one. Other books I had on hold are also available now, so I doubt I’ll finish this one before I have to return it.
Read: Elmore Leonard Raylan Givens 3-book Collection by Elmore Leonard. The three Leonard stories that had Raylan Givens as a main character. All three pre-dated the Justified TV series. I read them many years ago, possibly before the series was on TV. I still enjoyed them this time. The first two; Pronto & Riding the Rap are based on the same story thread, with many of the same characters so are best read in order. Pronto wasn’t told in the TV series, although the last scene in the book is the inspiration for the opening scene in the TV series.
The last book, Fire in the Hole is a collection of short stories, previously published as When the Woman Come Out to Dance and renamed for a Justified tie-in. It’s a collection of short stories, two of which are long enough to be called novellas. One Novella, Fire in the Hole, is the only Raylan Givens story and formed the basis for the first episode of the TV series. It introduces Boyd and fills in the Raylan/Boyd backstory. It formed the opening episode in the TV series, although with some significant differences.
I enjoy Leonard’s writing and give the first two books 5 out of 5 stars. The collection of short stories was uneven, so I’d only give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Reading: The Deep Blue Goodbye by John D. MacDonald. Another book I read long ago. The first entry in his Travis McGee series. The story is that each title had a color in it so readers could remember which books they already read, when they were at the airport bookstore buying a book to read on a plane. (No tablets or ebooks in 1964) I’ll open this one up later today. (FYI: The color scheme didn’t work for me. I had to keep a list.)
- Lamy 2000 (OM): inked up with Montblanc Bordeaux.
Out of Rotation
- Lamy Safari Green (F) w/ the factory supplied ink cartridge.
- Lamy Safari Savannah (M) w/ the factory supplied ink cartridge.
- Lamy Safari Terra (OM) w/ Pilot-Blue Black. I was not enjoying this nib/ink combination.
- TWSBI GO Smoke (Predator Extreme) w/ Waterman Intense Black. Flushed a bit early since I was cleaning pens and this one had been inked up since November,
See the June 1st currently inked post for all the details.