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Pen Review: Baoer 801 Slim

This pen came in the June 2018 iPen subscription box and I really only have one thing to say:  I’m in love!

Baoer 801 Slim

This pen is lightweight but is balanced beautifully.  Everything on it exudes quality, from the way the lid attaches to the top to the way it comes apart.  The nib is technically a medium, but it’s very much a fine (my favorite).  It writes so smoothly and easily that I have occasionally forgotten I’m not writing with a ballpoint.  As soon as I got this pen, I went through three converters full of ink.

Baoer sample

You want to hear the kicker?  This pen is less than $7!  It feels and writes like it’s much more expensive.  It’s definitely one of my favorites.  I recommend the Baoer to anyone who likes writing with a nice fountain pen but doesn’t want to invest a lot of money.

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping and The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Paradox, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Book Review: The Cat Who Had 14 Tales by Lillian Jackson Braun

With a plane trip ahead of me last month, I made sure to grab a paperback before I headed out the door.  Sure, my phone and my tablet are both loaded with ebooks, but there’s something I find incredibly satisfying about an actual book.  A collection of short stories was particularly appealing, since I would be traveling and likely too tired to have much of an attention span.

14 Tales

What I Loved:  I’ve read almost all of the other books in Braun’s Cat Who series, and I’ve loved them.  These short stories were just as good, but they revolved around different characters.  It was a nice change of pace, but of course there were still lots of cats!  It was a nice fast read, and I read almost the entire thing on the plane.  Braun was always excellent with description and characterization, and she accomplished this even in short stories.

What I Didn’t Love So Much:  There are a few cats that die on these pages.  If you’re the type that absolutely can’t stand to have animals die in a story, then this might not be the book for you.  Nothing is graphically described, but it’s there.

Rating and Recommendation:  This is a great book for anyone who loves cats, mysteries, and short stories, or a combination of at least two of those elements.  Since I was bummed when it was over, I have to give it 5 stars.

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping and The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Paradox, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Giveaway Alert!

I’ve recently done an interview with Susie Murphy about her new book, A Class Apart, and she’s giving away a free ebook copy!  Be sure to enter by visiting the pinned post on my Facebook page or commenting on the interview on my blog.  A random winner will be drawn on Saturday!

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Happy Mother’s Day to Me!

My first of four iPenstore boxes came yesterday, courtesy of my hub-a-dub-dub and kiddos. The theme is purple, which is my favorite color! More details to come later!

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Blue/Black by Aurora – An Ink Review

I had received this ink as a sample in an iPenBox a while back and had never gotten around to using it.  I was missing out!

Note: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  I will always give you my honest opinion on something when linking to it.

This is the first ink I’ve used from Aurora, and I think I’m in love!  Blue/Black is incredibly smooth.  I put it in my Charlie pen from Noodler’s, and I feel like I’m writing with a ball point.  It’s a shame I don’t have more writing to do by hand this month (since I’ve been pretty committed to the keyboard), but I could easily run through this ink if I had the chance.

The color’s name is pretty accurate.  It’s just slightly blue, and you can really only tell when you have it next to genuinely black ink.  I’ve used it on paper intended for fountain pens as well as just regular notebooks (and even a few Post-It notes) and I have no problems with it bleeding through or creating a mess.  I’m using a fine nib, and that does make a difference, but I’m still very happy with the versatility.  There’s a slightly longer drying time than I’ve found with Noodler’s, but it’s not enough to cause issues.  I also have to give this ink props for only having a very faint odor.

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Overall, I’m very happy with Aurora’s Blue/Black, and I would definitely purchase it.

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping and The Graveside Detective.  Her short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Paradox, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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November Poetry Contest

Hey folks!  Starting this month, I’m hosting a poetry contest here on my blog.  For this month, there is no theme and there are no preferred styles.  Just send me your favorite poem! The winner will have their poem published on my blog. Submit your poem to ashleyomelia@yahoo.com with the title “November Poetry Contest.” Please have your poem pasted into the body of the email; attachments will not be opened.  Deadline is 11/30.

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