Sunday Reading and Iroshizuku Deals via Amazon

Happy Easter/Passover!  This week was simultaneously productive and frustrating, since I was able to complete multiple handwritten pen and ink reviews yet haven't had the opportunity to get them finalized and up on the blog.  From my updated EDC, however, you should have some idea what I've been working with and what might be on the way.  For now, a few things that caught my attention: 

  1. Pete Denison has an interesting piece on introversion which links to two fascinating articles and delves into office politics.  I for one can relate.  For those of you who are interested in reading further, I would highly recommend Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain.  (Affiliate Link.)   
  2. Brian from OfficeSupplyGeek reviews J. Herbin Stormy Grey.  Every time I see this ink, I want it, but something about putting "floating particles of gold" into my pens pretty much guarantees that this particular ink will never happen for me.  If I can't use an ink for everyday purposes, and leave it sitting for a while, it's too high maintenance.  (Not that Stormy Grey isn't a cool idea, in and of itself.  Same goes for Rouge Hematite.)  
  3. While I prefer to link to independent pen retailers, Amazon has some sick deals right now on Iroshizuku Ink.  Some bottles are now priced at around $20-$24, with Prime shipping available, and some are sub-$20 with free regular shipping, including the Yu-Yake Ink that I recently reviewed.  Many appear to ship directly from Japan.  I've pulled together a page of what I found to be the best prices/shipping deals onto a page in my Amazon Affiliate Store.  I picked up Shin Kai for $21, Prime eligible.  Here's the deal for Yu-Yake ($18.81 with Free Shipping).  I wonder if Pilot/Namiki is feeling some price competition from Sailor?  UPDATE:  Gary at Notegeist informed me that Ebay Seller Pens 'n More also has some good deals on Iroshizuku, with some bottles going for less than $20 and the "mini" 15ml Iroshizukus going for under $10 each, with free shipping.