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Posted by Dirck on 4 February, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 1 February
  • 2 February
  • 3 February
  • 4 February
  • Second draft of  “Final Resting Place”.
  • Ditto.
  • Second draft concluded.
  • Third draft work on “Harmonic Aliasing”.
  • 60 min.
  • 35 min.
  • 50 min.
  • 45 min.

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Utterly Spoiled Rotten

Posted by Dirck on 3 February, 2016

I was making some notes in anticipation of planning the outline of a long piece of writing (as you can tell, very preliminary stages), and used a pencil with an HB lead.  I found that I was getting a sore hand and arm from the demands of the instrument.

Yes.  I have been so pampered by the use of fountain pens that I now find the pressure requirements of a soft-ish pencil onerous and uncomfortable.  A vast and hairy princess am I, complaining of the lump in my tower of mattresses.

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Balance Craftsman
Today’s ink: Jentle blue-black

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The Revenge of the Heartless Brute

Posted by Dirck on 29 January, 2016

I see that I didn’t mention here having seen the latest Star Wars film about a month ago.  Old news, of course.  I agree with this guy’s take on it, which I will quote:

Star Wars is that friend of yours who you haven’t seen in a while, who was in a long-term relationship where everything was cool for a while and then things just plain went to hell, and the last time you saw them, they’d kind of hit the bottom. Now you’re seeing them again for the first time in years and before they show up you’re humming a little mantra that goes please please please please don’t let this be awkward and weird like it was the last time we saw each other.

And then they show up! And they look great. They sound great. You talk to them and slip into the groove with them, and they catch you up on what’s been going on in their life, including their new relationship with this fab-sounding person who seems to be doing good things for them. And you suddenly realize that for the first time in years your friend actually seems happy. They’re not exactly their old self again — who ever is, after all those years? — but the things you always loved about them are there once more, and you’re so happy to see them happy again that you almost want to cry.

Yep.  And since I viewed the Ewoks, retrospectively, as a sign of the trouble that was to be visited on that galaxy by its increasingly abusive partner, I take some glee in today’s Found Film:

Take that, you little creeps.

Today’s pen, of a more civilized age: Sheaffer Balance Craftsman (whose point came from a Star Wars nicknamed source)
Today’s ink, neither clumsy nor random: Jentle blue-black

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Posted by Dirck on 30 July, 2015

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 28 July
  • 29 July
  • 30 July
  • First draft of “Constant as the Northern Star”.
  • More thereof.
  • Third draft work on “The Golden Oracle”, which is “Yellow” no more
  • 7 manuscript pages.
  • 5 pages.
  • Mainly marking limbs that need attention; the chainsaw is yet to come out.
  • 45 min.
  • 30 min.
  • 35 min.

Once again, I find myself setting down a story in the midst of the first draft, because some elements of it aren’t setting up properly.  Since I’m not (yet) a professional writer and lack mentors to lean upon, I’m not sure how to count this behaviour: sensible nipping in the bud of a nascent block, or cowardly retreat in the face of minor opposition.  Until informed otherwise, I’ll let vanity nudge me toward the former.

Besides, finishing a story that’s got a couple of drafts is important, too, danggummit!  Can’t submit something that’s mostly finished!

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Posted by Dirck on 5 March, 2015

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 2 March
  • 3 March
  • 5 March
  • Choose Your Own Unspeakable Doom.
  • Fidgeting with some mostly-done stuff to send along to an actual writing workshop, for reals with a known local author.
  • Let’s all sing the Doom Song!
  • Six manuscript pages.
  • Choices narrowed….
  • Seven pages
  • 35 min.
  • 40 min.
  • 45 min.

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Posted by Dirck on 26 February, 2015

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 23 February
  • 24 February
  • 26 February
  • Choose Your Own Unspeakable Doom.
  • Eight manuscript pages.
  • Seven pages.
  • Nine Pages
  • 45 min.
  • 35 min.
  • 45 min.

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Grey? OK.

Posted by Dirck on 20 February, 2015

This is a big time of year for grey around here.  Weather, streets, faces, and if you live in the wrong neighbourhood, all the damn houses.  There is, however, one grey object that I look forward to at this time of year, and it’s the subject of today’s lifted film.

If you haven’t seen the movie itself, you should.  I believe I’ve previously mentioned that it’s a cure for the sensation that there are 8,000 days between winter solstice and vernal equinox.  This and a dose of Vitamin D– fix ya right up!

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Balance Craftsman

Today’s ink: Herbin Lie de Thé

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Posted by Dirck on 6 October, 2014

WHAT: The fourth draft revision of “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”, and the start of a second draft of “The Healing Power of Crystals”.

HOW MUCH: A (supposedly) complete length of 4,028 words for the former, and 458 for the latter.

HOW LONG: About 40 min, of which 25 min. was on “Crystals”.

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Balance Statesman
Today’s ink: Herbin Vert Empire

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The Curse

Posted by Dirck on 2 October, 2014

WHAT: Second draft of “The Blue Room”.

HOW MUCH: Not quite two hundred words, giving a total for this draft of 5,069.

HOW LONG: Nearly five minutes…

…so I’ve got a few minutes free to make good on the promised story about Monday’s pen choice.  What I brought up that morning to be next in the rotation was a Thin Model TD Valiant; I was hankering for a TM with a Triumph point, and it’s easier to clean than a Snorkel.

I filled it, and as an attentive pen-user, I minded the bubbles that the pen blew in the ink.  Then I said, “That don’t seem right,” in an assumed regional accent that I occasionally adopt to lighten my mood.  Bubbles were blown for only about half the time they should have been.  I emptied the pen, and nothing like enough ink came out.

Repeat. Same results.  Heavy sigh.

Since I was somewhat ahead of my time on Monday, I did a quick dismantle on the pen.  My goal was to pop off the sac protector and see if the sac had gone wrong.  What I did was pull the sac protector about the width of my palm away from the back of the section, the sac stretching comically, while tragically sticking to the inside of the metal fitting; some days, one fulfills the basic requirements for Greek drama quite easily.

Thus, the swap to the Snorkel.  I have yet to undertake a review of this record to see what inks I’ve had in that pen, although it is one of my earliest TDs and the sac is hardly what one might call fresh.  The research is called for, since the outside of the sac, once the protector was finally peeled free, was the same colour as a grape.  That’s a worry.

I think I’m going to join Ron Zorn in going to an all-silicone sac policy for the Sheaffer pneumatic fillers.  The cost isn’t vastly greater, and they’ll stand up better.  This may eventually develop into an all-silicone sac policy, period, assuming the sizes can be had.  Slightly depressing, but that seems to be a regular current in life.  I’ve pondered previously about the degradation of rubber in pens, and I ponder once again.  In the previous examination, I speculated on the internal chemistry of the trees that give us the raw material for rubber.  Now I find myself, after a recent watching of the revived Cosmos, wondering if the problem isn’t from some change in the atmosphere that’s developed since the heyday of rubber-in-pen technology.

I try not to wonder for too long, though.  It makes lines in my face.

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Balance Statesman
Today’s ink: Herbin Vert Empire

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Posted by Dirck on 23 September, 2014

WHAT: First draft of “The Blue Room.”

HOW MUCH: Six manuscript pages.

HOW LONG: 40 min.

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Balance Statesman
Today’s ink: Herbin Vert Empire

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