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Posted by Dirck on 28 February, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 25 February
  • 26 February
  • 27 February
  • 28 February
  • Third draft of “The Glamour of Battle” (no longer “Cannon Fodder”).
  • Second draft of “Cow’rin, Tim’rous”
  • Second draft of “The Curse of the Dragon”
  • Done at 3929 words.
  • 534 words.
  • About 900 words, but a false start made some go away.

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Bandwagon? Lemme On!

Posted by Dirck on 22 February, 2019

Last week, when I ceased to exist here, I listened to an item on CBC Radio about a recent documentary on the topic of Flat Earthers (or, as one who is not in their camp has called them, “Globe Deniers”) and I thought Oh, damn it. They’re getting into the main stream.

About three years ago, I looked at a Flat Earth discussion forum for a half-hour. I was dizzy all day. It’s an… interesting… way of approaching the physical world.  Anyway, for today’s entertainment, here’s a look at these strange people that you won’t have to pay to see, and which I find amusing. I will warn you, though, there’s some language in it.

Today’s pen, of sufficient density to sink in air: Pelikan M20
Today’s ink, which YOU CAN’T PROVE HOW IT’S MADE: Lamy blue-black

EDIT!! I’ve just realized it’s Dwight Frye’s birthday!

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Posted by Dirck on 21 February, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 18 February
  • 19 February
  • 20 February
  • 21 February
  • First draft of “The Curse of the Dragon”
  • 17 manuscript pages

Why, yes, I did get a little writing done on Monday. I also during the week off, finished the second draft of “Cannon Fodder” but failed to come up with a better title for it. The working title is both inaccurate and a spoiler, so it really must go.

I also believe I have figured out a treatment for Parker 21s with cracked hoods. If the one I’m using today (and one I sent back to its owner, who offered it up to the cause of mad science) hold up through a whole writing cycle, I’ll try to document the process to share with the world. I should say, though, that the process is cosmetically imperfect… but what is mad science without a hideous offspring which hardly dares show its face?

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Cold Weather Fun!

Posted by Dirck on 8 February, 2019

The still air temperature here, when I left the house (fever broken, sensible periods between toilet-imperative moments), was -35C. This is not a big deal… here. I understand that similar temperatures have been happening in parts of North America where it is absolutely a big deal, the sort of thing schools close about.

Aside– to my knowledge, there has been exactly ONE snow day called by the school system in my hometown in the course of my entire life; to do otherwise is to simply not open the schools for winter.

ANYWAY, since a lot of people will be sensibly not dragging themselves out of the house today, a diversion which might just be good for your brain:

Long before I pitched over sick yesterday, I had booked a week off starting this coming Monday. You may, therefore, not hear from me until the week after.

Today’s pen: Parker 51
Today’s ink: Diamine Evergreen

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Posted by Dirck on 7 February, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 4 February
  • 5 February
  • 6 February
  • Second Draft of “Cannon Fodder.”
  • About 1700 words typed

The output for this week is pretty good, given a Tuesday on which I was called away during writing hour and a Thursday when I am wriggling in the grip of stomach flu/food poisoning/unexpected necromantic curse. If I’d had any warning yesterday, I’d have brought the thing home so I could work on it. But no.

And on that note, it’s back to the WC for me.

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Allowable Wrongness

Posted by Dirck on 1 February, 2019

I think I’ve mentioned previous here that I really like the work of Hayao Miyazaki. One of the things I like about his films is that the antagonists are usually not simple, unidimensional creatures. This past week, I found an excellent contemplation of this very point, which I’m going to inflict on you at this week’s film

One of the reefs the novel had grounded on is the villain in it is… vanity prompts me to say “under-nuanced.”

Today’s pen: TWSBI Precision
Today’s ink: Edelstein Topaz


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