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Posted by ravensmarch on 24 April, 2014

WHAT:  First draft of “Friendly Island” (working title).

HOW MUCH: 9 manuscript pages (in the small book).

HOW LONG: About 50 min.; I was looking up some naval terminology which I didn’t want to leave until the second draft, so things went more slowly.

Today’s pen: TWSBI Mini
Today’s ink: Pelikan Royal Blue

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Posted by ravensmarch on 23 April, 2014

WHAT:  First draft of “Friendly Island” (working title). “Wish Away” has been put to bed at 4,022 words, although I need to give the conclusion more thought.

HOW MUCH: 9 manuscript pages (in the small book)

HOW LONG: About 40 min. (there was also a handing over of one of the pens I was selling)

Today’s pen:  Sheaffer Imperial Triumph
Today’s ink: Herbin Violet Pensée

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Check It Out

Posted by ravensmarch on 22 April, 2014

So… why was yesterday’s pen combo…

Today’s pen: Pelikan P488
Today’s ink: Diamine Turquoise

…while last Tuesday’s was…

Today’s pen: Waterman Lauréat
Today’s ink: Diamine Turquoise

…hmmm?  Well, there’s a slightly stupid story to tell about that.  If you click on the link for the Lauréat, you’ll see three pictures.  Only two of those pens belong to me.  I got the gun-metal finish some time ago, by the usual route (i.e. a pathetically low-ball bid on eBay), while the blue one had a rather more uplifting story.  You see, a fellow on one of the pen forums was publicly documenting his efforts to lash together a working pen from the components of a couple, and he ended up with “I’ve got a body without a viable section.  Anyone need a good body?”

Silly comedic responses aside, I responded in the affirmative, as I had a section with nothing to live in.  In the end, I got it for nothing, even an offer of covering postage having been declined.  The parts arrived (including the sadly smashed section he’d replaced in the body he liked) and… some time later I unite my section with the new barrel.  Some time passes, this not being a high priority effort, and I get around to taking a picture to add to the site (ibid.), and decide as I do so that it’s about time to actually give the pen an outing.

Now, the lesson we may take that it’s important to give a pen with an obvious item of damage a proper once-over.  Just because all the obvious damage is down by the tail of the barrel, one cannot assume that all the damage is there.  Like, plucking an example out of the air, a very subtle crack at the front of the section.  Not a big deal, but certainly enough for some ink to creep out of and go exploring.  It discovered fingers, but not clothing, so I count it an inexpensive lesson, if one I shouldn’t at this point need.

The aftermath was to leave me with a partially-used cartridge with no place to call home.  Enter the Pelikan Silver Star, the first pen of the right format that fell under my eye.  If I’d have been thinking, I would have used my Sheaffer VFM, which has gone even longer without a run.

Now, as to why I didn’t write this little tale yesterday– I hadn’t touched the fiction-writing since the Wednesday progress report, and I feared a loss of momentum.  In a word: superstition.

Today’s pen: Wality 52
Today’s ink: Noodler’s La Coleur Royale

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Posted by ravensmarch on 21 April, 2014

WHAT: Second draft of short story “Wish Away”.

HOW MUCH: 1,083words.

HOW LONG: About 55 min.

Today’s pen: Pelikan P488
Today’s ink: Diamine Turquoise

…and for those who are wondering at this combination, explanation shall appear tomorrow (along with more explanation about why it didn’t appear today).

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The Hemingway Mangle

Posted by ravensmarch on 17 April, 2014

As I’ve been slightly balked in writing today, let me tell you about something I find stupid.  WordPress’s “Freshly Pressed” is something I look into every day, and one day a short while ago, it led me to someone else’s blog, who was also griping about a tool which allows you to make your writing simple.

Not “easy to do,” but rather “unchallenging,” and not for the writer, but for the reader.  This thing, the “Hemingway App“, by whatever algorithms compose its vitals, gives any bit of writing its fed a once-over and points out chunks which are too hard to read.  It also rates the whole as to what grade level of reading it believes the piece merits.  The idea, of course, is to render one’s writing as terse, dynamic and accessible as that of Hemingway himself.  One is told that anything over a Grade 10 level is too hard for the mass of people.

By way of comparison, The Da Vinci Code rates at Grade 6.

The app declares “aircraft” a tricky and hard-to-grip word.  I should, it says, go with “plane.”

I won’t go on at length (because I hain’t the time) about how much this bugs me; the person who showed it to me does an excellent job of that.  I did give the thing a try, and there’s a certain amount of pride and shame attached.

Pride, as my site generally runs around the Grade 20 level (we do not ask which school system keeps counting as high as 25).  The blog is more accessible, I suppose because of shorter entries, averaging Grade 14.

Shame, because most of my stories don’t go above Grade 12, and some are even approved of by the app’s proofing.  Alas, I am base, common and popular in my fiction!  Although… if I can get popular, I suppose I’ll live with the other two.

Today’s Merry Easter Pen:  Sheaffer Imperial Triumph
Today’s Festive Spring-ish Ink: Herbin Violet Pensée
Today’s Hemingway rating: Grade 9 (take that, Dan Brown)

 

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Posted by ravensmarch on 16 April, 2014

WHAT: Second draft of short story “Wish Away”.

HOW MUCH: 720 words.

HOW LONG: About 45 min. (less words/min than yesterday, but I had to pause an remind myself of the difference between dissociative disorders and visual agnosias).

Today’s pen: TWSBI Mini
Today’s ink: Pelikan Royal Blue

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Posted by ravensmarch on 15 April, 2014

WHAT: Second draft of short story “Wish Away”.

HOW MUCH: 1212 words.

HOW LONG: About 55 min.

Today’s pen: Waterman Lauréat
Today’s ink: Diamine Turquoise

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Posted by ravensmarch on 14 April, 2014

In addition to the status report, I’m sticking up a few pictures of pens that will be going on the flog in the very near future on either Etsy (if they’re old) or eBay (if they’re not).  The pictures themselves are going into The Store tab above.

WHAT: Second draft of short story “Wish Away”.

HOW MUCH: 559 words.

HOW LONG: About 30 min.

Today’s pen: Pelikan New Classic
Today’s ink: Montblanc Racing Green

 

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Things to Avoid

Posted by ravensmarch on 11 April, 2014

An odd entry on the Friday Filched Film– someone else talking about pens.  What’s odd is that I’m giving it space here, even though I disagree with almost everything said in the first five minutes, and spend the rest of the item switching between quite nodding and surging to my feet, finger poised in the attitude of argument, shouting, “Now just a darned minute, buster!”  I don’t necessarily agree with the suggestions or the reasons, but I support the reasoning process that leads to the suggestions.  Plus, there’s some pretty pens.

He also has the grace to not say, “If you disagree with me, U R STOOPID!!!1!”  For my part, I am more given to positive recommendations than negative– I’ve got pages crammed with suggestions for new users young and less so, while the only pen I really urge anyone to avoid is that horrid Apis.

Today’s pen: Wality 52
Today’s ink: Noodler’s La Coleur Royale

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Posted by ravensmarch on 10 April, 2014

WHAT: Second draft of short story “Common Wall” (working title).

HOW MUCH: 663 words, for a total of 1,446.  Yes, some day I’ll do something that breaks 5,000.

HOW LONG: About 30 min.  I appear to be speeding up.

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Valiant
Today’s ink: Herbin Lie de Thé

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