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An Impediment to Worldbuilding

Posted by Dirck on 24 September, 2021

While I haven’t been doing as much of it as I would like, I still call myself a writer. And as a member of that self-torturing happy breed, I spend a lot of time weaving whole new worlds out of the cobwebs and bits of moss that lurk in my head. One of the tricks to worldbuilding is coming up with something which doesn’t knock someone’s disbelief off the hook, because then it will get all fractious and start asking uncomfortable questions.

With that in mind, here’s an interesting explanation of why you can’t have suns of a particular colour if you’re writing a world with extant physics:

I’ll freely admit this was not a thing I had known until this week. So, there’s me learning new things and (hopefully) staving off dementia for another few days.

Today’s pen: Waterman 52
Today’s ink: Diamine Evergreen

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Khan Noonien Singh: Plagiarist?

Posted by Dirck on 6 August, 2021

If you’re a wiser person than me, you won’t have actually read Moby Dick, but have only been exposed to the film versions, the comic versions, the kids’ abridgements, or Ricardo Montalbán’s dramatic readings in the course of one of the best science fiction films ever.

I was vaguely aware of the book having been based upon a real story, but I hadn’t heard the whole of that story. It’s… gruesome yet entertaining (mainly because it happened a long time ago).

If you’re not wiser, or have radically different tastes in reading… well, ahoy, mates.

Today’s pen: Platinum PKB-3000
Today’s ink: Edelstein Topaz

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Life as a Terrifying Chimera

Posted by Dirck on 16 April, 2021

I am told, by very silly people, that the mRNA vaccines against the current plague will REWRITE MY GENETIC CODE, TURNING ME INTO AN INHUMAN MONSTER!!1!

I guess it’s a good thing I’m done making children, then, because mRNA was stuffed into my left arm yesterday. Now I are monster, blarg, gr.

No, wait. That’s not how this stuff works. Here’s how this stuff works:

None of this addresses the MIND-CONTROLLING MICROCHIPS!!!1!1 which are also a concern of extremely silly people, but that’s because it’s an extremely silly concern. I’m honestly more concerned that the phrase “about fifty years ago” applies to events within my lifetime rather than the setting of Back to The Future.

Today’s pen: PenBBS 500 (in lieu of a page, a picture of the item resting on a beloved item of outerwear)
Today’s ink: TWSBI Blue

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Salty Viking Talk

Posted by Dirck on 28 August, 2020

As one who is wrestling to absorb a foreign language, a frustration I sometimes feel is the lack of ways to express anger in other than my own language. Since I live in Canada, I have access to Tabernac! from the other side of the country, but I’ve never used it unironically (and I suspect it’s probably somewhat toothless in Quebec these days, too). The only good cuss I’ve got in Dutch is mierenneuker, but it’s not a general-use curse unless you deal with accountants a lot.

Having said that… let’s see how burly Norsemen would have shouted invective at each other while they were viking about.

I was once tempted to call someone a fokker, but realized that accusing him of breeding animals would mystify rather than offend.

Today’s pen: Sheaffer “TM” Triumph
Today’s ink: Montblanc Racing Green

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Thinking Break

Posted by Dirck on 7 August, 2020

But first– we’ve all, who have the means, donated to an appropriate place to help out the people of Beirut, right?

Now, for the day’s film, some educational content. It’s still very entertaining, but it will also gives tips of how to listen to what people are saying. Especially politicians.

Today’s pen: Lamy 27 (the fine point really makes the ink last)
Today’s ink: TWSBI Sapphire Blue

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Posted by Dirck on 18 June, 2020


Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 15 June
  • 16 June
  • 17 June
  • 18 June
  • Bloody nothing on Monday
  • First draft of “Memorial Garden”
  • 10 manuscript pages.

I think henceforth we might take it was given that Monday’s are unproductive, thanks to the thing I mentioned at the end of last month. It wasn’t an issue last week because, as it was a new thing, I forgot about it entirely until the next day. For the foreseeable future, though, Mondays are going to be opposed to writing.

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Admiration or Envy?

Posted by Dirck on 12 June, 2020

It’s probably both. My idea of a dream-house is a little more late Victorian in shape and rather less… extensive… but it certainly contains the sort of high-efficiency guts the thing in this video exemplifies.

I can’t help but wonder at the name of the house, though… I hope it’s not a Wilkie Collins reference.

Today’s pen: Jinhao 159
Today’s ink: Diamine Syrah

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Who’s a Pretty Birdy?

Posted by Dirck on 10 January, 2020

For today’s film, let’s enjoy looking at some lovely songbirds.

I honestly do find them appealing, and it’s not just because they’re in the name of the site.

Today’s pen: Parker 51
Today’s ink: Skrip black

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I Have An Ulterior Motive

Posted by Dirck on 24 May, 2019

It’s an audio presentation today, and in part I want to offer you entertainment (since I generate little of my own here of late), but I also want to signal boost a worthy enterprise:

This mellifluous person with an excellent taste in literature has been told by YouTube that they’ve never going to monetize his stuff. I hope that you’re as taken with his presentation as I am, because I’m hoping to get people to make YouTube feel foolish by clicking on many of his videos, and even more importantly, I’m hoping to make him feel funded by getting people to click on his Patreon page.

Today’s pen: Pilot Vanishing Point
Today’s ink: Herbin Vert Empire

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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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