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My Shoes are too Tight

Posted by Dirck on 27 November, 2015

This week’s Friday Found Film explains why so many men are embarrassed to get up and dance.  Look what we have to live up to:

The other lesson to take from this– those olden-timey folk did, in fact, know how to shake it.

Today’s pen: Pilot L-150MS
Today’s ink: Herbin Bleu Myosotis

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Posted by Dirck on 26 November, 2015

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 23 November
  • 24 November
  • 25 November
  • 26 November
  • Second draft of “Aliasing Harmonic.”
  • Still second draft.
  • Metaphorical landslide at Regular Job.
  • Back to the second draft work, with both hands.
  • 923 words typed
  • 824 words.
  • 0 words.
  • 1,063 words.
  • 55 min.
  • 45 min.
  • All of it.
  • 50 min.

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Massive Cute Injection (subjective)

Posted by Dirck on 20 November, 2015

It has been a slightly trying week here, despite actually making headway on the writing front, and so I fill today with films of very cute animals.

My notions of cute are not, I understand, quite on the North American bell-curve for such things, but honestly– small, soft and fuzzy.  How can that be other than cute?

Today’s pen: Pelikan M30
Today’s ink: Pelikan black

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Posted by Dirck on 19 November, 2015

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 16 November
  • 17 November
  • 18 November
  • 19 November
  • Second draft of “Aliasing Harmonic.”
  • …which presents a very rough bit.
  • More second draft, the resistance overcome.
  • The same.
  • 504 words typed
  • 240 words.
  • 622 words.
  • 632 words.
  • 30 min.
  • 45 min.
  • 35 min.
  • 33 min.

ALSO, for those who don’t look into the fiction wing of my enterprise, I’ve got a slightly challenging contest on right now with a pen offered as prize.  No winners as yet, there’s still time, but the skill-testing question is a bit of a poser.

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Little and Often

Posted by Dirck on 13 November, 2015

Say, look what I forgot yesterday. The short-staffing at The Regular Job persists.

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 9 November
  • 10 November
  • 11 November
  • 12 November
  • Last week’s woes extend.
  • Second draft of “Aliasing Harmonic,” plus this.
  • Contemplating past events
  • Contemplating past works
  • Zipperoo, writing-wise.
  • 379 and 315 words, respectively.
  • Never quite enough.
  • Inconclusive (see below).
  • Unendurable, really.
  • 45 min.
  • All day, but peaking at 11:00.
  • Enough to prevent fresh writing.

In part, today’s film is a mere public service; if you find yourself suddenly called upon to fill this role, it is good to know what you should be at.

Yesterday’s distraction was not shovelling coal, whether actual or metaphoric, but did involve a quantity of smoldering.  I’ve had news that a publication which I would like to submit to has reopened their submissions desk after a long hiatus, and I was trying to decide which of the things I’ve got in my shot-locker is most apt to the forum.  I’ve got a couple of candidates in the tumbler getting final polish now, and should have something away by Monday.

On a side note; I think “little and often” is probably a good policy in most things.  I lament that, while I’ve got the “little” side of writing locked down brilliantly, “often” is becoming elusive.

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Snorkel Sovereign
Today’s ink: Montblanc Racing Green

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The Day in Review

Posted by Dirck on 6 November, 2015


It’s also Friday, and that means films.  First, from another observer of the day:

Next, last year’s festivities in Poland, where they apparently take Fountain Pen Day quite seriously.

And to finish, some TV commercials for pens that are no longer in production, but are warmly thought of by pen nuts fanciers even now. The incidental sexism in some of them is included free, because I can’t get it out no matter how I scrub.

My own pen for today, also warmly thought of and no longer in production, has been mentioned here previously, but I’ll save you having to poke around the back issues for the story; a gift from my wife to replace a twenty-year-old item which broken under over-vigourous use, and the trigger of the mania which led to me having a whole damn website and a very tiny repair business.

Today’s trigger object: Waterman Phileas
Today’s ink: Diamine Denim, because making final preparations for a piano arriving in my house kept me from filling it until I got to work.  Don’t expect the full story, though– that was the interesting part.

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Posted by Dirck on 5 November, 2015

But first, important stuff: tomorrow is Fountain Pen Day. Celebrate responsibly!

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 2 November
  • 3 November
  • 28 October
  • 22 October
  • Second draft of “Aliasing Harmonic”.
  • Second draft persists
  • The Regular Job (see below)
  • Getting a new story run out on the fiction front.
  • 448 words typed.
  • 804 words typed.
  • A recurrent Wednesday problem
  • G’wan, have a look.
  • 25 min.
  • 45 min.
  • see below
  • Enough to prevent fresh writing.

I was struck on Tuesday at the relatively grim words/minute stats that the second drafts work out to.  Take it was proof that there is actual revision in that stage of the exercise, not mere transcription.

…because otherwise I’ll be horribly embarrassed.

Also, due to an illness-induced short staffing of The Regular Job, I feel I have to include yet another animation to suggest how the past couple of weeks has seemed (complete with inexplicable interruption and repetition).  Unavoidable working through lunch breaks!  Monstrous!

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Hallowe’en Apples!

Posted by Dirck on 30 October, 2015

Well, the happy weekend is upon us.  I’ve left a foolish little treat over on my fictional facade to mark the occasion, and for the traditional Friday Film Fiesta, how about Frankenstein?  This is the earliest extant version, the one offered by the Edison Company, and I take a particular delight in presenting it thus, because dear old T.A. Edison was a staunch opponent of movies that weren’t locked inside a peepshow box– how, he raged, could you be sure everyone in the theatre had coughed up a nickel?  Someone might sneak in and gander without paying!  So, with all our nickels reclining idly in our pockets, on with the show, accompanied by the sound of moaning and grave-spinning from the direction of Llewelyn Park, New Jersey:

If you’ve got some time to spare, there’s also this: Dante’s Inferno in glorious moving pictures.  I happened upon it yesterday, and it’s just too seasonal to not present today.  Be warned, there’s also a surprising amount of nudity for a film predating The Great War.

Today’s pen: Parker 75 (helps keep werewolves at arm’s length)
Today’s ink: Herbin Bleu Nuit (insert line from Dracula here regarding children and music)

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Posted by Dirck on 29 October, 2015

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 26 October
  • 27 October
  • 28 October
  • 22 October
  • First draft of “Aliasing Harmonic” (which refuses to find its end).
  • The snarling first draft is at last in its cage.
  • The Regular Job (see below)
  • Second draft of “Two Natural Oddities”
  • Four manuscript pages.
  • Two pages.
  • Loads of stuff other people think is important
  • Not a lot more than yesterday; done at 1470 words
  • 35 min.
  • 35 min.
  • All day long.
  • 25 min.

Honestly, this is a picture of my place of employment yesterday.


I am not in frame, but I’ll bet you can guess roughly where my cubicle is.

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Early Janus

Posted by Dirck on 23 October, 2015

Usually at this time of year, I’m all about looking forward to Hallowe’en, and putting creepy stuff out to enhance the seasonal mood.  Stuff like this fun little loop:


But this year, I’m not only dealing with my son’s strange reaction to this most festive of times, but with my own non-Hallowe’en euphoria at the politics of the national.  In Canada, we are going from a sour-pussed racist on the national seat of power to this chap:

So the actual and true film for this Friday is a blend of jolly horror and innocent merriment.

Today’s pen: Italix Parson’s Essential
Today’s ink: Diamine Evergreen

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