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Posted by Dirck on 31 December, 2020

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 21 December
  • 22 December
  • 23 – 28 December
  • 29 – 31 December
  • Wrestling with submissions.
  • Getting the decks cleared for…
  • Time off at Christmas!
  • Getting Regular Job crap done before the end of the year! 
  • Another one!
  • Sufficient.
  • Authentic de-stressing.†
  • Re-stressing.

† I probably should have posted something during the time away, but the very concepts of time and duty lost all meaning in a bubble-fied nuclear family-only Christmas. The effect on my inward state was such that to apologize for the lapse would be to seem ungrateful.


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A Little Christmas Ham

Posted by Dirck on 18 December, 2020

I will warn you at the outset– this presentation of the Dickens classic is… not great. I have no idea what the intended form of presentation was. Early TV? C reel in theatres? No clue. But the acting is… mostly not quite there.

Why am I offering it, then? Two reasons. One is the remarkable interpretation of the Ghost of Christmas Present; he’s generally promoted as a roaring giant (give yourself a treat if you get that reference), but I can’t think of anything else where he’s shown as an angry professional wrestler.

The other– Vincent Price narrates! It’s worth the struggle to listen to him read, and occasionally be shown his warm expressions.

Rest ye merry, folks. We’re almost through to the solstice.

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Taranis
Today’s ink: Herbin Violette Pensée

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Posted by Dirck on 17 December, 2020

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 14 December
  • 15 December
  • 16 December
  • 17 December
  • Wrestling with submissions.
  • Second draft of “Hobb’s Landing”.
  • Reveling in the warm glow of new publication.†
  • Only one.
  • Progress, of a slow and gummy sort.
  • As much as I can drink in.

† Yes, indeed! “Palmer’s Folly” is live and available for ganders, over in issue 53 of NewMyths.com, and with a little digging you can even find a picture of the author, shorn of beard for COVID-masking and in all honesty looking as mad as a box of frogs. I don’t know what was happening with my face that night.

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Second Childhood

Posted by Dirck on 11 December, 2020

A little change today– no movie, just me letting some associations run wild and free.

You could, if you wished, view this as a far-too-late-to-be-useful gift suggestion for the person on your Christmas list who is very hard to get a gift for. And it’s not even a pen.

My birthday has just passed, and as often happens to people of my culture, I got some gifts connected to the event. One of them fulfilled an ambition I’ve had since I was about 17, although it has only lately slipped out of the realm of utter fantasy. Check this out.

I promise that at no point during my drive to work did I shout “Fox 2! Weapon away!”

Yes, I have a heads-up display in my minivan. Whole unlapped Venn circles of humanity are now shaking their heads in despair.

And that’s fine. Let ’em. I’m a big boy, the boss of me, and doing no one any harm with it. In fact, quite the opposite on the last point, as I now appreciate how much contact with the traffic around me I was losing every time I darted a glance at my speed. I honestly don’t know why this sort of thing isn’t a government-enforced standard equipment in all new vehicles. It can’t be cost (yes, I know how much a birthday gift cost– big boy, me).

I can’t quite justify the altimeter display on the left in the same breath, but I swapped it for a heading indicator since the picture was taken.

Anyway, that’s me done showing off my new toy. This weekend should be merry– we’re putting up the the festive green object covered in lights tonight, and on Saturday I’m getting a late start on this year’s batch of Eggnog. Late? As you’ll see in the recipe, for it to be safe to drink on Christmas morn, I should have got it done a couple of weeks ago.

Oh, well. We may not be going around to the grandparentseses this year, but that’s no reason to not flirt with a food-borne disease!

Today’s pen: Parker 51
Today’s ink: Montblanc Racing Green

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Posted by Dirck on 10 December, 2020

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 7 December
  • 8 December
  • 9 December
  • 10 December
  • Second draft of “Hobb’s Landing”.
  • Absolute last chance edits on “Palmer’s Folly” (in which a with that had survived more than a dozen examinations was finally replaced with the correct while)
  • Why do I feel so very busy?


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Useful (?) Hints

Posted by Dirck on 4 December, 2020

This week’s film is a longish and highly specific public service announcement.

Sure, it’s probably not going to happen to you, but I’ll bet you’ve spent a few minutes in the past year considering your response to brain-hungry zombies shambling through the streets.

Today’s pen: Pelikan M600
Today’s ink: Krishna Pakeezah 

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Posted by Dirck on 3 December, 2020

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 30 November
  • 1 December
  • 2 December
  • 3 December
  • Second draft of “Hobb’s Landing”.
  • Getting some of the power attendant to my new place as a director for the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guide made available.
  • Flogging the thing below.
  • But not a lot because…
  • Banks, man– too much.
  • All over the place

SO, the big news for this week, which I lift entire from my other enterprise:

I’ll mention that the image on the cover… does not represent my contribution, I will say… although “Wilden Klausen” does involve wearing a costume for a seasonal tradition.

I should also mention that the profits for this collection are going to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which given the situation of the world over the last… dozen or two months, at least… seems like a service which could definitely use some funding. Since I’m not in the US, I will mention for those who wish to give directly that there is a Canadian version of the same thing.

Here is a link to pre-order; it will be released on 20 December. 

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