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Posted by ravensmarch on 15 September, 2014

WHAT: First draft of “The Blue Room” (which I’ll probably have to change, as “blue” has the wrong connotations).

HOW MUCH: Seven manuscript pages.

HOW LONG: 50 min.

Today’s pen: Faber-Castell 664.
Today’s ink: Waterman blue (vintage)

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Entertaining and Educational

Posted by ravensmarch on 12 September, 2014

Today’s films are non-thematic.  First, because we are an educational institution (well… some kind of institution), I lift someone else’s very useful suggestions for improving handwriting.  I was very tempted to call this entry Improve Your Writing in Three and a Half Minutes!! on the strength of it.

For those who are taken with the evident performance of the pen itself– it’s the Pilot Metropolitan of which I speak so highly.

The second film is less applicable to daily life, but after yesterday’s flight from work it’s something I feel I had to dig up.  Those who have seen The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension will remember our hero being tortured by electrical stimulation of his auditory meatus.  Well, the cold I started the week with left as going away presents some kind of over-pressure device in the eustachian tubes, which yesterday gave very much the sensation of having screwdrivers inserted fully in both ears.  This being my first real earache in 42 years, I now realize just how monstrous that was; yesterday’s absence was what we might call a day off on account of agony.

I am, by the way, on the mend, but tinnitus, the loss of frequencies above about 5,000 Hz and a general feeling of having my head in a 1950s style goldfish space-helmet remain.  Hopefully this is temporary.

Today’s (and, for all that it matter’s, yesterday’s) pen: Lamy 2000
Today’s ink: Jentle blue-black

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Posted by ravensmarch on 10 September, 2014

WHAT: First draft of “The Healing Power of Crystals.”

HOW MUCH: Five manuscript pages.

HOW LONG: 55 min., which suggests trouble, but is no more than a leisurely unfurling of the narrative.  One more sitting should see it done.

Today’s pen: Faber-Castell 664, which now has a page on the site.  It’s not the most informative thing I’ve ever done….
Today’s ink: Waterman blue (vintage)

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Posted by ravensmarch on 9 September, 2014

WHAT:  First draft of “The Healing Power of Crystals.”

HOW MUCH: Six manuscript pages.

HOW LONG: 45 min.  Definitely on the mend.

Today’s pen: TWSBI Diamond 540
Today’s ink: Diamine Syrah

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Posted by ravensmarch on 8 September, 2014

WHAT:  First draft of “The Healing Power of Crystals,” to which some irony applied

HOW MUCH: Two manuscript pages.  The irony being, in the absence of healing crystals, moonbeams or chants, I’m left with no more than the natural powers of the immune system to deal with the First School Cold of the year.  It’s a jim-dandy!

HOW LONG: 50 min., and why I came into work today is a question I cannot begin to answer.  The foolish equation of “I’m feeling better than I did over the weekend” with “I’m better,” which proves that my powers of logic are at the same ebb as those of creativity.

Today’s pen: Pelikan M30
Today’s ink: Diamine Sherwood Green

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Back To School Frolics

Posted by ravensmarch on 5 September, 2014

With the return of kids to school, I thought I might take a serious moment with the Friday Film, with a rather grim and protracted PSA of sorts, aimed at the scourge of driving while distracted by a device. The jurisdiction I’m in has recently enacted a law confiscating the vehicle of a repeat offender, which suggests that here at least the powers that be are starting to get slightly serious about the problem.

What is good about this film is that is shows the lasting effects of committing vehicular homicide on the person who did it; most car-texters don’t set out, after all, thinking, “I’m going to crush someone under my wheels,” and if faced with the possibility of doing so before the fact, they might well knock it off.

What isn’t mentioned here, although if you fight through the comments on  Youtube you’ll find it; the failure of the device-addled driver to appreciate how hard the rest of us are working to not have an accident with them.  Haven’t run into anyone while texting?  This is a testament to the skills of those around you, not your own; you’re just lucky.  So far.

Today’s somber pen: Lamy 2000
Today’s serious ink: Jentle blue-black

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Posted by ravensmarch on 4 September, 2014

WHAT:  First draft of “The Healing Power of Crystals.”

HOW MUCH: Seven manuscript pages, and a growing concern that I’m going to alienate a couple of Wiccan friends.

HOW LONG: 50 min.

Today’s pen: Pelikan M30
Today’s ink: Diamine Sherwood Green

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Posted by ravensmarch on 3 September, 2014

WHAT:  First draft of “The Healing Power of Crystals.”

HOW MUCH: Six manuscript pages.

HOW LONG: 45 min.

Today’s pen: TWSBI Diamond 540
Today’s ink: Diamine Syrah

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Posted by ravensmarch on 2 September, 2014

WHAT: Well… I’ve abandoned that second Blue Fur entry as too far into fantasy, which I’ve already entered, and I’m having a little trouble spotting the end of “Laundry Day”.  So, onto a first draft of “The Healing Power of Crystals,” which promises to be good fun (for me– others’ responses not guaranteed).

HOW MUCH: Five manuscript pages.

HOW LONG: 45 min.

ALSO: Remember how I said I might start to misuse my time with photography?  I’m a damn prophet.

Today’s pen: Faber-Castell 664, which I have not run up a page for; it’s rather like a Pelikan 140 in shape and action (as well as age), and has the Osmia mark on the cap.  Page to appear soon.
Today’s ink: Waterman blue (vintage)

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(Fruits of) Labour Day

Posted by ravensmarch on 1 September, 2014

A very unusual entry on a day off (merry “We Can’t Celebrate May Day At The Same Time As The Soviets” Day), because I realize I neglected entirely to put a link to “Gone to See the Cat” when I thrust it into visibility at the site holding the contest.  Here is where it lies, and I encourage you to look at the other entries as well, if for no other reason than to see how nearly adequate my own work is by comparison.

Today’s pen: Baoer 388
Today’s ink: Diamine Prussian Blue

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