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Posted by ravensmarch on 23 July, 2014

WHAT: Second draft of  “Yard Light”.

HOW MUCH: 342 words, for a finished total of 7,126.  The math-inclined will probably find that this is not what previous reports add up to; without commenting on scurrilous rumours of illicit typing, I will mention that not all efforts are recorded here.  Just the ones that keep me too busy to do anything more interesting over my lunch break with this space, and most of the running counts and totals you’ve seen here won’t quite jibe.

This is not meant to be a challenge, either.  You need not go back and count for yourself.

HOW LONG: About 25 min.

Today’s pen: Waterman Carène
Today’s ink:  Diamine Denim

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Posted by ravensmarch on 22 July, 2014

WHAT: Second draft of  “Yard Light”.

HOW MUCH: 905 words, or as I like to call it, very nearly done.  If I can find some slack in the afternoon’s duties, I may do some illicit typing and put this thing to bed.

HOW LONG: About 50 min.

Today’s pen: Parker Vacumatic
Today’s ink: Diamine Evergreen

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Posted by ravensmarch on 21 July, 2014

WHAT: Second draft of “Yard Light”.

HOW MUCH: 700 words.  As if I’d planned it that way (which I did not).

HOW LONG: About 30 min.

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Sovereign II
Today’s ink: Herbin’s Lis de Thé

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And Now For Something Completely Different.

Posted by ravensmarch on 18 July, 2014

In honour of the Monty Python reunion tour, I’m going to present something that has absolutely nothing whatever to do with them for the Filched Friday Film.  Here, then, is a large lizard and an elderly man.

Two notes– first, although the full sequence doesn’t appear in this bit, I love the attitude of the cop who gets gobbled up at about the 3:45 point as he approaches the problematical beast; I try to emulate him, at least inwardly, whenever faced with something that is probably insurmountable.  Second, did anyone else notice the dip-well on the radio announcer’s desk around 4:30?  I want to say it’s a Sengbusch, but that’s probably not right.

Today’s pen: Pilot Vanishing Point
Today’s ink: Montblanc Royal Blue

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Posted by ravensmarch on 17 July, 2014

WHAT: Second draft of  “Yard Light”.

HOW MUCH: 853 words.

HOW LONG: About 50 min.

Today’s pen: Parker Vacumatic
Today’s ink: Diamine Evergreen

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Posted by ravensmarch on 16 July, 2014

WHAT: Second draft of  “Yard Light”.

HOW MUCH: 769 words.

HOW LONG: About 40 min.

…and remembering that I had said “more on that later” regarding the Pelikan Level, I’ll direct you to the recently added page on my site.  The short form is that it’s an interesting throwback to the 1950s and the hunt for the Perfectly Convenient Pen, and that however nicely it writes, it’s probably not one I’d recommend.  I suspect I have an unusually incontinent example, as it really needs a diaper; it doesn’t always dribble, but once a day is enough to put me off carrying it.  Great pen for leaving on a desk and writing loads of notes with, which is exactly how mine is going to be used.

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Sovereign II
Today’s ink: Herbin’s Lis de Thé

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Posted by ravensmarch on 15 July, 2014

WHAT: Second draft of  “Yard Light”.

HOW MUCH: 688 words.

HOW LONG: About 30 min. (I got caught up in an interesting and terrifying article on the current state of the economy).

Today’s pen: Pilot Vanishing Point
Today’s ink: Montblanc Royal Blue

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Posted by ravensmarch on 14 July, 2014

WHAT: Second draft of (not notably) short story “Yard Light” (working title)– USB drive remembered at last.

HOW MUCH: 915 words.

HOW LONG: About 45 min.

Today’s pen: Parker 75
Today’s ink: Jentle blue-black

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Speaking of Boring….

Posted by ravensmarch on 11 July, 2014

Today’s weather is exactly what I look for in summer– sunny, a very few clouds of the fluffy sort, and temperatures that fall sufficiently short of “rather too warm” to be indulged in for hours.  I believe when the workday is over I will coat myself in insect repellent and lie on the grass in my back yard until sundown.

Which, in a lateral manner, touches on today’s film; how’s your concentration when not being beat over the head with sensory stimulation?  I recently gave up on the newest version of The Great Gatsby as I found it was made by and for people who have trouble concentrating– speaking to friends later, I likened the experience of trying to watch it as ten minutes of being slapped in the eyes.  The film is a little test, to see how one responds to sitting and focusing on a single, not very interesting, thing.  Ready?

That lying on the grass will be accompanied by no iPad, iPod or other electronic stimulus (bar the simulated electrical effect produced by the droning of a million zillion hungry mosquitoes; it’s been a damp year).  I find it useful to be able to attend to things, and will over the weekend apply this skill to the careful re-shaping of some pens, none of which are mine, nor are they cheap.

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Sovereign II
Today’s ink: Herbin’s Lis de Thé

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Posted by ravensmarch on 10 July, 2014

WHAT: First draft of short story “Join the Choir” (working title).  I forgot my USB drive again,  which is pretty easy as it’s one of those minimalist ones barely larger than the minimum amount of hardware needed to plug into a port.

HOW MUCH: Six pages of manuscript.

HOW LONG: About 55 min.  Antihistamine use earlier in the morning made the last three pages an effort not unlike chiseling a statue out of cotton candy in a low gravity setting.

Today’s pen: Pilot Vanishing Point
Today’s ink: Montblanc Royal Blue

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