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Hallowe’en Treats

Posted by Dirck on 31 October, 2018

A quick observance of THE VERY BEST DAY OF THE YEAR– first, if you have a moment between ghouls at the door, I’ve posted the yearly non-fictional piece on my fiction site, which unlike the previous couple of years is not about ghosts. What is it about? That’s what makes it creepy: I have absolutely no idea, and I’m one of the only witnesses.

There’s also this, which I think you’ll agree has today as it’s Best Before date:

And because I’m not one who thinks today should be totally about comedy, we’ll finish with this:

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How’d You Like Them (Hallowe’en) Apples

Posted by Dirck on 26 October, 2018

I’ve mentioned before that the National Film Board was one of the underpinnings of my whole idea for the Friday Found Film. This new release is delightfully in keeping with the season.  Alas, WordPress won’t have the embedded code the NFB graciously provides, so all I can offer is a link under an enticing(?) image.

For those who like a longer audio version of their Hallowe’en creeps,  the story appears over on Pseudopod.

Today’s pen: Pelikan 120 (possibly eternal)
Today’s ink: Pelikan Brilliant Brown (drawn at intervals from a sleeping vessel)

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Posted by Dirck on 25 October, 2018

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 22 October
  • 23 October
  • 24 October
  • 25 October
  • Second draft of “Palmer’s Folly”
  • 2,052 typed words.

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Thematic

Posted by Dirck on 19 October, 2018

I am, at least as far as my weekly pen choices go, still riding high on the effects of the Pelikan Hub (and not, despite the yawning gulf of three whole days of legalization in Canada, any cannabis products). Here’s a video which shows the virtues of some older Pelikans, even if what is said about them is slightly obscure.

I think, if I’m remembering the Hub correctly, I handled a 120 of the pre-Merz & Krell sort which had previously been owned by this chap. Which is neither here nor there on the pen’s virtues– it’s more of a “small world” observation.

Today’s pen: Pelikan M600
Today’s ink: Edelstein Olivine (part of the pelf from the Hub, and for which I must finish a profile page for before too much more time goes by)

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Posted by Dirck on 18 October, 2018

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 15 October
  • 16 October
  • 17 October
  • 18 October
  • First draft of “Johnson’s Folly.”
  • Second draft, now “Palmer’s Folly”
  •  18 manuscript pages.
  • 846 typed words.

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Kindred Spirit

Posted by Dirck on 12 October, 2018

While I usually laugh at the bizarre results of social media’s algorithms, I do find them non-noxious for the most part; I have yet to have neo-Nazi propaganda offered to me, for example. And this week, for a wonder, Youtube actually coughed up something I found delightful. I hope you will, too, because I suspect to a lot of normal people with different interests than mine, it might be tedious.

I will say (as a guy who fishes around the insides of fountain pens for personal entertainment) that this is some very fiddly work which I know I’m not patient enough to undertake.

Today’s pen: Pelikan New Classic
Today’s ink: Pelikan Black

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Posted by Dirck on 11 October, 2018

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 8 October
  • 9 October
  • 10 October
  • 11 October
  • First draft of “Johnson’s Folly.”
  • 17 manuscript pages.

Contrary to usual policy, I’m being specific about what was done on the holiday Monday, which was Thanksgiving here in Canada and thus an actual lounging-around type of day. It’s… possible… that the installment of the writing was done on Sunday, while sitting in the stands at son’s gymnastics class (which, now that I think on it, is where the initial work of my “serious phase” of writing began).

Alas, I lost a day this week to a variety of family health issues– running the cat into the vet, and taking over as the Collector of Son from School office which my mother-in-law has been filling while we wait for my wife’s leg to be see to… because my father-in-law was told to come to a neighbouring city to get a new kidney. Alas, kidney proved non-viable when it and he got into the same place, so it was an excursion to no benefit.

The cat, because I know everyone is vitally interested, has been experiencing Horner’s Syndrome thanks to an ear infection. The ear infection is cleared up, but the eye is still somewhat occluded (doesn’t worry the vet) and his balance is off (worries the vet); we may, if we’re interested, spend half a month’s income on having his head scanned. I’m hoping he’ll improve without imagine, so this decision is being extemporized. We’ve already spent vast sums this month on plumbing and other unexpected unavoidables.

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Birthday Fun Extension

Posted by Dirck on 5 October, 2018

I mentioned Buster Keaton’s birthday was yesterday.  Well, here’s what someone with more resources than I produced to mark it:

Today’s pen: Pelikan M30
Today’s ink: Diamine Bilberry

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Posted by Dirck on 4 October, 2018

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 26 September to 3 October
  • 4 October
  • First draft of “Johnson’s Folly.”
  • First draft of “Heretics.”
  • Six manuscript pages.
  • Five pages
  • A mad rumpus of pens still inked from last week and the Pelikan Hub.
  • Pelikan 120

I did not go to Ontario. My father had a fine time.

I stayed home and saw to my wife’s needs… as well as I could, after twisting the crap out of my ankle shortly before noon on the 26th last.  This put paid to a lot of the “Oh, well, at least I have a week of not going to work so I can do X and Y around the house” notions I had developed the night of my last entry when the final decision was made. Not only did I not accomplish much, what I did manage was painful and frustrating. At least I managed to get antibiotics into the sick cat on a more or less regular basis, even though I had to limp into the basement to catch him for at least half the doses.

I see I did not mention the sick cat in the last entry. Yes, there was also one of those.

And to cap all, I left the book I hardly got anything written in the whole time at home, so to not waste today’s writing time, I had to start something new. Which will get precedence next week, I wonder….

Just so I don’t leave the day on without any shine on it– happy birthday to Buster Keaton, who would, had he defied entropy like he defied physics, be 123 today.

He was, clearly, born to party.

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