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Behind the Curtain…

Posted by Dirck on 31 March, 2014

The Regular Job is committing one of its incursions upon my lunch hour freedom. Since I can neither write nor blog effectively, I will insert teasers for soon-to-appear installments, in not necessarily the order of their appearance, while I finish chewing the hasty repast:

  • Yet more bland HOT!! declarations of advancement on the fiction front;
  • A visit to (or rather, of) a tiny little mountain;
  • A consideration of the title character in a movie you may have heard of, and who is now living at my house;
  • Proof that German-speaking people have a sense of humour
  • Absolutely no complaints about the weather (record breaking cold for this time of year is not the same as slightly colder than average a month ago).

All coming soon to a monitor near you!

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

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Vacation Planning

Posted by Dirck on 28 March, 2014

Spring may actually be emerging from its bunker at last, but I think I’ll still consider the matter of where I’d like to go as a dream vacation with today’s Film break. Here…

…or will it be here…

…? Tricky question, although the fact that Hokkaido gets plenty of snow does play a role in the consideration.

Of course, if I had more Japanese than “How do you do,” “Thank you,” and “I’m sorry, I don’t speak Japanese,” I’d be seriously considering sending a CV along to both of them. The cost of living is nice and low in Japan, right?

Today’s slightly facetious pen: Parker 75 Insignia
Today’s ink, good at keeping a straight face: Herbin Poussieré de Lune

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Posted by Dirck on 27 March, 2014

WHAT: Second draft of short story “E.Z. Notes”… sort of.  The “editing” was largely the introduction of an entirely new scene, which is somewhat like an incursion of first draft into the equation.

HOW MUCH: 417 words.

HOW LONG: About 30 min.

Today’s pen: Lamy 2000
Today’s ink: Pelikan black

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Posted by Dirck on 26 March, 2014

WHAT: Second draft of short story “E.Z. Notes”.

HOW MUCH: 920 words.

HOW LONG: About 55 min. (pant pant)

Today’s pen: Parker “51″
Today’s ink: Pelikan Violet

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Those Also Stand Who Wait and Stand

Posted by Dirck on 25 March, 2014

Zero progress today due to long line -up vast milling throng at post office.  Actually, that’s not true– progress takes the form of actually getting two pens on their way home to separate clients.  It just doesn’t feel like progress.

Today’s pen, checking its watch pointedly yet again: Sheaffer Valiant
Today’s ink, sighing over dramatically: Herbin Lie de Thé

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Posted by Dirck on 24 March, 2014

WHAT: Second draft and editing of short story “E.Z. Notes”

HOW MUCH: 674 words, plus an enforced listen to some of both Miles Davis and John Coltrane (neither of whom is quite down my musical alley)

HOW LONG: About 35 min.

Today’s pen: Pilot Vanishing Point
Today’s ink: Calamo Deep Blue

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Danse du Printemps

Posted by Dirck on 21 March, 2014

A friend was complaining that the coldest day this week was that of the Vernal Equinox (-20 overnight).  I reply thus: the first day of spring is like the first day of construction on your new house; it may not be ready for you to take off your shoes and relax in, but it’s full of potential.

In that spirit, let’s enjoy some festive country dancing:

People always forget about how graceful he is.

Today’s pen: Waterman Stalwart
Today’s ink: Herbin Bleu Myosotis

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Posted by Dirck on 20 March, 2014

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

HOW MUCH: Ten pages of manuscript, on the same smaller paper.

HOW LONG: About 45 min.

Today’s pen: Parker “51″
Today’s ink: Pelikan Violet

…and for those who are thinking, “Say, this guy’s getting a lot of writing out of these pens he’s carrying”– I’m actually using the desk pen as the consistent ink colour does help with the transcription later.  This means I’m going through the Regular Job ink at a pretty ferocious rate lately; yesterday saw a morning and afternoon filling.

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Oopsie.

Posted by Dirck on 19 March, 2014

Well, I went and left my big Clairfontaine notebook at home, so the intention of carrying on with second-drafting “E.Z. Notes” is set aside.

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

HOW MUCH: Ten pages of manuscript, but don’t be too impressed; that’s dinky little 6″ X 9½” pages.  Which feather madly.

HOW LONG: About 55 min.– got a little caught up in it.

Today’s pen: Lamy 2000
Today’s ink: Pelikan black

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Posted by Dirck on 18 March, 2014

WHAT: Second draft and editing of short story “Old 237”, and then the same on “E.Z. Notes”

HOW MUCH: 694 words on the latter; “Old 237” (which got a little work over the weekend) wrapped up at 3,744.

HOW LONG: About 35 min.

Today’s pen: Pilot Vanishing Point
Today’s ink: Calamo Deep Blue

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