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Fun Guy (after some news)

Posted by Dirck on 29 January, 2021

Oops. I didn’t look in yesterday. Let me first repair the oversight.

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 25 January
  • 26 January
  • 27 January
  • 28 January
  • 29 January
  • Nothing
  • Phone-based game
  • Reading a bit
  • Third draft of “Hobb’s Landing”
  • Updating and foolishness.
  • As much as I could find.
  • A full damn hour.
  • Some pages.
  • Three New Paragraphs!
  • What you see here.

I think I’ve cleared my blockage. Next week will prove that one way or another. There’s a story attached to Monday’s pen, which I’ll try to touch on next week.

And now, because I love weird things that make people question their place in the universe, here’s a common mushroom singing.

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To The Stars!

Posted by Dirck on 22 January, 2021

Right, so, the US didn’t collapse into civil war over the past couple of weeks, and looks like it probably won’t (fingers crossed). That’s a treat, eh?

With that corner (hopefully) turned, perhaps we can look forward to that brave sci-fi future I was pondering last week. And what’s more brave futuristic sci-fi… as imagined in the middle of last century… than a provocatively dangerous means of space exploration?

I’m trying to not harsh the mellow of this delightful plan by wondering how one would get all that edge-of-critical material into space in the first place. I guess we need to find a big ol’ pitchblende asteroid.

Today’s pen: Pelikan 120
Today’s ink: Monteverde Malibu Blue (oh look, something else I need to come up with a page for)

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Posted by Dirck on 21 January, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 18 January
  • 19 January
  • 20 January
  • 21 January
  • Bugger all
  • All of it

I guess that makes it official– writer’s block. I’m going to try to shift it by reading a pile of good stories over the weekend.

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I, For One, Welcome Our New Robot Overlords

Posted by Dirck on 15 January, 2021

I have now and again mentioned the inward tug-of-war I feel between the idea of the future that I absorbed during my childhood (the shiny Space Odyssey/Space:1999 future, not the bleak On The Beach/Soylent Green one) and the experience of living in that future. Yes, Star Trek suggested the 21st century was going to be a little rough, but I’m no more rational than average and I will happily pick and choose the nicer bits of prophecy.

Sometimes the gleeful anticipation side of the equation gets a reward. My phone learns a new and useful trick. I get a functional head-up display for my daily driving.

And there’s stuff like this lumbering about.

It’s not lumbering around anywhere near me, but as William Gibson observed there is uneven distribution of the future. And to be honest, if I’m not in it, I’d prefer it wasn’t nearby.

Today’s pen: Parker 180 (which is, itself, very much the shape of Yesterday’s Future)
Today’s ink: Herbin Poussière de Lune

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Posted by Dirck on 14 January, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 11 January
  • 12 January
  • 13 January
  • 14 January
  • Errands
  • The promised effort on my site 
  • Why people gotta want stuff?
  • An unsatisfying stub, a real page (the 487) and some behind the scenes stuff.

There was also a little bit of glowing at the news that a story has been held for closer editorial consideration. That’s labour intensive, that is.

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New Year’s Dissolutions

Posted by Dirck on 8 January, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 4 January
  • 5 January
  • 6 January
  • 7 January
  • 8 January
  • Worrying 
  • Probably more than I need to

I am NOT getting enough sleep. I know this because I decided to pack it in at 10:30 New Year’s Eve, having had roughly 15ml of whisky, and rose at 9:00 the next morning. And then the same for the next two nights. Part of it is the effect of the season on melatonin production, I’m sure, but explaining it doesn’t fix it.

There’s also the regime change happening in the wild and lawless country across our southern border. If you’re reading this in the distant future, run a search for 6 January US Capitol Siege. I don’t imagine you’ll have to specify a year. Between that ongoing blitheration and my province’s thumbless handling of COVID, in both the pre-vaccine and vaccine-newly-made phases, it’s not surprising the slumber is shallow and evasive.

I’ve been mentioning over previous entries that I’m having a bit of trouble with the fiction output, and that’s almost certainly down to all of the above. Apart from going to bed shortly after 8:00 as a new habit (and, ideally, politics at all levels having a sudden, lasting undumbening), I don’t really have a good solution.

My not very good solution is to give next week’s writing periods over to updating my site, as I’ve got some new pens that should be given their place of prominence. My previous approach to updates no longer applies, as the idle time offered by The Regular Job has dwindled to nearly nothing, so this seems a good solution. It’s also going to involve scraping words out of my head, without having to (entirely) invent the world they describe, and hopefully that will prime my pump.

I should, since a year ago I was rattling on about depression, mention that the sleepiness is no more than than. The magic brain pills continue to do their work, and while I may do so with a yawn, I am taking joy from the world. I’m fairly anxious to share last Monday’s pen with the world, because its filling mechanism is ridiculous. I have a pen on the way that entirely ate the payment I got for “Palmer’s Folly” because until I’m getting more than a couple of piece published a year, that money is to allow frivolity in my life.

And that’s it for this week. Nothing spooled up in the film department, but I’m sure my pursuit of frivolity on a tight budget will return that feature to our programming line-up soon.

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