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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.

ThePit

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:

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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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Posted by Dirck on 22 October, 2015

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 19 October
  • 20 October
  • 21 October
  • 22 October
  • Another fiction roll-out and worrying about the election.
  • Stress-reaction to the results of the election.
  • First draft of “Aliasing Harmonic” despite migraine.
  • Almost the last of that first draft.
  • All day.
  • 45 min.
  • 25min.
  • 35 Min.

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Getting into Trouble

Posted by Dirck on 16 October, 2015

When’s the last time I committed a little anarcho-dandyism here?  Far too long ago.

Oh, for a dramatically expanded wardrobe budget!

In point of fact, I’m going to be committing a serious act of unrest while being civil on Monday.  I’m going to leave the house early, in my best suit and wearing good matching hat, to get into the polling station for the National Election before the start of work.  Attired as spiffily (and perhaps stuffily) as I can manage, I’m going to defy the system… of expectations.  I’ll be voting profoundly progressive while wearing conservative pin-stripes.  Fight the power!

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Targa
Today’s ink: Iroshizuku Shin-Ryoku

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Posted by Dirck on 15 October, 2015

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 13 October
  • 14 October
  • 15 October
  • First draft of “Aliasing Harmonic”.
  • Pressing on with the first draft.
  • Entering what looks like the final lap.
  • Six manuscript pages.
  • Five pages.
  • Nine pages.
  • 40 min.
  • 35 min.
  • 50 min.

Because I live in Canada, I was observing Thanksgiving last Monday, and trying to get a clear notion in my head whether our version of it is as bound up in pretending at cordial relations with First Nations in the early part of the colonization effort as in the US (I can’t think of an equivalent to the legends of the Plymouth Colony’s “first Thanksgiving”) or if it’s always just been a semi-pagan harvest thing like Lammas or the Dark Morris that happened to get some turkey-eating involved due to proximity to the US and the fact that birds are no respecters of national borders.

No conclusions reached– there’s religion, politics and attempted genocide(s) involved, so it’s hard to get a clear view of the history.

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Not a Home Run Every Time

Posted by Dirck on 9 October, 2015

I’m not sure I was shown this as a direct outcome of the thing I posted yesterday at my (mainly) fiction site.  I certainly understand the terror of an unfamiliar shift pattern and controls which respond other than they should, though, so I share this for the Friday Film.  Be warned that there is an undeleted expletive very close to the end.

There you have it, folks.  Not even Germany always gets engineering right, even if it looks really, really cool (from some angles).

Today’s attractive pen: Waterman Carène
Today’s efficient ink: Jentle blue-black

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Posted by Dirck on 8 October, 2015

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 5 October
  • 6 October
  • 7 October
  • 8 October
  • First draft of “Aliasing Harmonic”
  • “Aliasing Harmonic” and the latest story release on the fiction side.
  • Man, am I going to have to rework this thing hard.
  • A break for non-fiction over on my fiction site.
  • 35 min.
  • 15 min. (there’s a surprising number of steps in a release).
  • 30 min.
  • 45 min.

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Raise the Alarm

Posted by Dirck on 2 October, 2015

The Regular Job presented me with several metaphorical fires to put out today, which has eaten into my lunch break!  Thus, a late and entirely thematic Friday Film From Faraway

Today’s pen: TWSBI Vac 700
Today’s ink: Diamine Sargasso Sea

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Posted by Dirck on 1 October, 2015

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 28 September
  • 29 September
  • 30 September
  • First draft of “Aliasing Harmonic” (definitely a working title)
  • See previous
  • …and still a better title eludes me…
  • …as does real concentration.
  • Ten manuscript pages.
  • Five pages.
  • Six pages.
  • Four measly pages
  • 55 min.
  • 30 min.
  • 35 min.
  • 40 min.

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