Into the Book


Posts by Jasmine Ruigrok

  1. Light of the Last is the third part of the Wars of the Realm trilogy, and a thrilling edge-of-the-seat finish to the series. Where the first book was about Drew Carter and his experience with enhanced physical capabilities and sight that enables him to see invisible alien invaders, and the second book followed the history of angels and demons, particularly the angel Validus assigned to watch Drew, the third book is where both worlds collide and the story continues from the perspectives of both Drew and Validus in their prospective worlds. Only one thing is for certain: reality will be shaken by this collision of heaven and earth, and their lives will never be the same. (more…)

  2. Previously in the Wars of the Realm series, we met Drew; a young man who gained the ability to see angels and demons as the result of a lab explosion. However aside from the obvious battle between light and dark, we are never quite sure just what’s happening in this alternate world of the supernatural that Drew is an unlikely witness of. Well, all of that is about to change. (more…)

  3. What would you do if one day you woke up to a world full of alien invaders – but only you could see them? When Drew Carter agrees to help his nerdy friend reconstruct a science experiment for accelerating light, a plasma explosion threatens to leave him permanently blind. By some miracle, Drew regains his sight, but more than the return of his vision and his new superhuman abilities, he is horrified to discover that there is an all out war going on around him: one only he can see. Thus begins Drew’s quest to discover who these dark and light invaders are, and most importantly, what they are fighting for. If you’re looking for your next sci-fi read with a twist, or if you are a fan of Peretti, this one is for you! (more…)

  4. Today we welcome Elizabeth Kirkwood, Andrew Joyce, and Caleb Joyce to Tools of the Trade to talk about some of their favourite tools of writing (aside from a computer), and why they remain such a standout. So! Onto the questions: (more…)

  5. Copics. I’ve heard the word thrown around so much that I thought it was about time I reviewed these pens, 20160428_105258
    so here goes.

    One of the main things that struck me about Copic’s multiliner pens is how light they are. Whilst I think the Sakura Microns are slightly heavier and feel expensive, Multiliner Copics are light, unassuming, and free of bells and whistles when it comes to the pen body. Lids go on and off easily, attaching to the back with no fuss. They’re still a sturdy pen, and thank heavens: the inner tube doesn’t rattle around! Amazing how much of a difference that makes when you spend a lot of time writing by hand.

    Ink-wise I have nothing really to comment on, perhaps except the ink may be a little lighter in tone to the Microns, however that would be splitting hairs. My biggest beef with the Copics is that the nib didn’t last as long as I had hoped. Like its Micron competition, the nib tip went flat relatively quickly with use, and whilst still perfectly functional on it’s end, it does make it frustrating to use at an angle.

    Untitled-2Impressive though, are the sizes that Copics go to. If you’re an artist looking for fine nibbed pens to do intricate art with, look no further. These pens go beyond tiny, with a microscopic 0.03 size that looks like a hair line. The level of detail this pen could achieve in the right hands I imagine would be stupendous.

    Overall, I was quite pleased with my Copic Multiliner experience. Whilst I personally prefer Microns for bulk writing, I will definitely be using Copics for artwork in the future.


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    Every craft has its experts, but one thing we seldom remember is this: every expert started out as an amateur. They all have their secret bloopers and fails early in their career, and unless they are really down-to-earth, you don’t get to hear a lot about them. Never fear! I figured instead of waiting until I became an expert and risk the memories of my blunders fading, I would share with you a couple of mistakes I’ve made and things I’ve learnt about calligraphy (so far) as an amateur! If you want to know what simple (and sometimes utterly stupid) things to avoid, and what tips will help you get a start in the art of pen and ink, this is for you. (more…)

  7. One dark and stormy night, after years of waiting for their missing scientist father to return, a stranger arrives on the doorstep of children Meg and Charles’ house. Dressed in funny old clothes and talking of things from another world, she sweeps Charles, Meg, and their friend Calvin into a dangerous adventure where they must face evil terrors whilst journeying through time and space to find their father. This is Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle. (more…)

  8. For the average person, the idea of calligraphy is that of a dead craft; a long lost skill for recording historic accounts in the past. Not so. Though an old method of writing, calligraphy is still going strong today as one of the most beautiful forms of art for anything from wedding invitations to webpage titles. (more…)

  9. Sharpies! Everyone loves Sharpies. I mistakenly thought that they were only available in America until I saw a whole stand of them in my local mall once. So of course, I had to see what they were like! In all honesty, Sharpies are merely the adult version of kids’ permanent markers (with that trademark permanent ink smell that I’m sure you could get high on if you used them in confined spaces). Of their many kinds, today I am reviewing the bronze metallic Sharpie. (more…)

  10. In my journeys over the interwebs reading articles on hand-lettering and typography, some of the tools of the trade that kept recurring were primarily Sakura’s Pigma Microns. I was desperate to get my hands on a set of these pens since everyone seemed to be raving about them, and – to my sheer delight – managed to get my hands on a set whilst in America last month. So today I get to review a Sakura Pigma Micron 03.