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Kickstarting Jollity

Posted by Dirck on 26 November, 2021

First, and as threatened yesterday, I have tossed a story onto the public stage which was hitherto held within the papery confines of a published anthology. If you’d rather read about space werewolves, just nip over to The Moon Forest over on my writing outlet (and if you’d like to see it in its native ecosystem, with other scifi-flavoured boogens, you can still get the book). The first of my seasonal gifts to the world!

And having spent most of my lunch break getting that lined up, there’s just time to offer a music video. It’s in a very old style, but to keep from overwhelming anyone with a yuletidal wave, it’s not a carol.

Today’s pen: Wing Sung 618
Today’s ink: Namiki Blue

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Posted by Dirck on 25 November, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 22 November
  • 23 November
  • 24 November
  • 26 November
  • “Hobb’s Landing”.
  • Preliminary Christmas Shopping
  • Squeezing words from a stone.
  • [Homer Simpson noise of remembered trauma]

I’ve just realized that a couple of my published stories are past their exclusivity dates and in anthologies that are not easily accessed online. Stand by for action on the other site!

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Dr. Manhattan’s Other Job

Posted by Dirck on 19 November, 2021

Hey, said YouTube to me recently. You want to see someone that fixes old luxury items?

“That’s not me fixing a pen… right?” I became nervous that I was creating content somnambulistically.

Oh, no. You’re nothing like this ambitious.

I mean, I’d like to do that, but the stuff I do that strikes me as fiddly and wee is the upper end of the fiddly-wee spectrum in that video. Also, how the dickens does one remember which bit goes where?

Today’s pen: Retro 51 Tornado
Today’s ink: Skrip Black

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Posted by Dirck on 18 November, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 15 November
  • 16 November
  • 17 November
  • 18 November
  • “Hobb’s Landing”.
  • Building the ending from its current kit form of mostly coherent points, at a glacial pace. Also, coming around to the realization that it should be in third person rather than first.

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Gravitar Writ Large

Posted by Dirck on 12 November, 2021

When I was a kid, the “Space Race” was just winding down. I was thus pretty thoroughly steeped in a kid’s notions of what it would take to be an astronaut– the Rotor, the Zipper, and the Tilt-A-Whirl were all, in my mind at the time, the same as the training centrifuge that almost killed James Bond when he was Roger Moore.

Which means that this development seems to me to close a circle metaphorically as well as being an enclosed circle.

On a side note, while I’m not a huge fan of a lot of recent neologisms, “yeet” amuses me deeply.

Today’s pen: Faber-Castell e-motion
Today’s ink: Herbin Éclat de Saphir

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Posted by Dirck on 11 November, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 8 November
  • 9 November
  • 10 November
  • 11 November
  • “Hobb’s Landing”.
  • Remembrance.
  • Done! Sorta! Except for building the ending from its current kit form of mostly coherent points.
  • Appropriate.

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Hooray for the Day!

Posted by Dirck on 5 November, 2021

First Friday in November means Fountain Pen Day! As is my tradition on this festive day, I’m just going to throw up some chances to ogle pens.

I cannot say I recommend the last video as a model for good handwriting technique, but if he’s happy I’m not going to say he needs to amend his ways. I’m no paragon of all virtues.

Today’s pen: Pelikan 140 (because I always try to use a favourite on FPD)
Today’s ink: Pelikan Blue-black (because it has been a loooooong time since I put this ink in this pen, and I quite like it, too)

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Posted by Dirck on 4 November, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 1 November
  • 2 November
  • 3 November
  • 4 November
  • Endless small chores.
  • Not a word of writing, damn it.

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