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Posted by Dirck on 21 January, 2016

If this current story will relax slightly in its powerful grip upon me, I may be able to tell you next week about the new pen I recently got.  Wouldn’t that be a treat?

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 18 January
  • 19 January
  • 20 January
  • 21 January
  • First draft of  “Final Resting Place”.
  • More first draft.
  • This one is really working well, in fact.
  • …until today.  That’s not fair, though– I just got to a bit that needed more thinkin’ and less scratchin’.
  • Eight manuscript pages.
  • Ten pages (dances about, arms in air).
  • Nine pages.
  • Seven pages.
  • 50 min.
  • 55 min.
  • 50 min.
  • 55 min.

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Posted by Dirck on 14 January, 2016

For those who take an interest in such things, sometime in the next five to seven hours, I should have “The Golden Oracle” up on the other site.  You had to suffer through the progress reports, you might as well see the ungainly fruits they bear.

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 11 January
  • 12 January
  • 13 January
  • 14 January
  • Second draft of “All the Old Familiar Faces”.
  • More of that.
  • A bit that really put up a fight.
  • All done.
  • 572 words typed.
  • 807 words.
  • 657 words.
  • …for a total of 3,402 words.  The last 300 really didn’t want to lie down in a line.
  • 25 min.
  • 55 min.
  • 55 min.
  • 40 min.

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Happy Incept Date!

Posted by Dirck on 8 January, 2016

It appears that the Nexus-6 replicant Roy Batty was decanted on this date.  That’s good enough for today’s film entry.

…and here’s the actor saying interesting things about the role.  I hope he wasn’t too disappointed with Prometheus.

It’s good to know that Philip K. Dick approved of the film, despite the distance it wandered from his novel.

Today’s pen: TWSBI Mini
Today’s ink: Camel Royal Blue

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Posted by Dirck on 15 January, 2015

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 12 January
  • 13 January
  • 14 January
  • 15 January
  • First draft of “The Yellow Oracle.”
  • Ditto again.
  • Ah, the climax shines just below the horizon.
  • Yep, and not quite enough time to bring it to a conclusion.  Scriptus Interruptus!
  • Six manuscript pages.
  • Eight pages.
  • Seven pages.
  • Nine pages!
  • 35 min.
  • 40 min.
  • 45 min.
  • 45 min.

…and I promise I’ll do a little more next week than silently scribble.  But this one is rolling so nicely, I hated to interfere with it.

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Posted by Dirck on 8 January, 2015

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 6 January
  • 7 January
  • 8 January
  • First draft of “The Yellow Oracle.”
  • Ditto.
  • It’s shaping up to be one of these slow, stately affairs.
  • Very nearly two manuscript pages.
  • Six pages.
  • Five pages.
  • 20 min. (non-contiguous).
  • 40 min. (unopposed!).
  • About 30 min.

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East India Company

Posted by Dirck on 6 March, 2012

The company in question takes the indefinite rather than the definite article.  My target for today is a company in India, Fountain Pen Revolution.  I made a vague allusion to them previously, but today they’re all I have to talk about.

That previous allusion was founded on a giveaway they were hosting on facebook (and possibly still are).  Free pen?  I am in like the proverbial dirty shirt.  The result appeared in my mailbox yesterday, a Serwex Special eyedropper.  If you live outside India, you almost certainly won’t have heard of the make nor model (I hadn’t), but it is a pleasant shape, a decent size (not small, not huge), and an incredible capacity– slightly over 3ml!  The feed is rather simple, so the pen will be heir to the foibles eyedroppers are so well known for, but in a free pen I can live with that… or even in a pen I’ve not paid a vast amount for.

These revolutionaries are offering the wider world some of the extremely low-cost pens endemic to India and rather difficult to lay hands on elsewhere.  There’s little on their site that costs more than $15.  They have Camel and Chelpark inks, which I have not given very fulsome praise, but which are so inexpensive as to also fall into “worth what you’re paying” and are certainly passable.  They are, in a manner similar to Noodler’s, bucking the trend to increasing cost in fountain pens.  Their revolution is aimed at nothing less than putting the means of production of decent writing into the hands of the people, and that sort of radicalism is one I heartily support.

To add to the other inducements of this band of gentle anarchists, they’ve announced that twenty percent of the profits they take in will be devoted to local poverty.  In the face of my own local semi-poverty, it will be a week or two before I put in for an order (probably for one of the discount lots, so I can do some give-aways of my own), but I most certainly will be doing what I can to support them.

…like putting a load of external links up for Google to stumble across. 

Today’s pen, concealing its little red book at the moment: Ero piston-filler
Today’s subversive ink: Diamine Steel Blue.

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Addictions, Managable and Dangerous

Posted by Dirck on 25 August, 2011

Yesterday, my watch stopped running.  It’s an undistinguished item, not bottom-rung in value but it certainly wouldn’t get badly hurt if it slipped off the ladder, and yet I paid enough for it that I feel it’s worth getting a new battery installed.  Like pens, I do not believe in disposeable watches.

There is a jewellery shop which does this sort of work convenient to my usual lunch march, and I have just returned from there.  I am going to have to go back in the near future to retrieve it.  This may be a problem.

Others have commented on a high correlation of pen fancying and watch fascination.  It’s probably something to do with appreciation of craftsmanship on a very fine scale.  This is something I have noted in myself, and I have to date suppressed it.  The situation was not improved by the presence of a small card saying “20% off” between a pair of really pretty Bulova self-winding mechanical… but I’m on the way to digression.

The problem with allowing this interest in watches to get any real traction is that watches are expensive.  The casual reader may say, “This from a guy who thinks a $50 pen is a good deal?” and that is a fair comment, but there’s an order of magnitude in difference, especially when one cannot perform one’s own repairs.

The path of consideration I really don’t want to wander down is the one flanked by the knowledge that I took up pen repair to feed that particular back-clinging monkey and the awareness that the local environs are not exactly swarming with watch repair shops.  That’s a bad line of thought, not the least reason for which is the awareness of how angry I sometimes get at Snorkels and expanding that to the repacking of an unspooled main-springs.

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Admiral
Today’s ink: Camel royal blue

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Brought Low

Posted by Dirck on 23 August, 2011

I managed yesterday to jolly myself out of despondency over recent events which will affect the Canadian political scene.  Today, I find they occupy my imagination to the exclusion of much else.  For those of you who want to look in at a poorly contrived eulogy to a fine politicial, that’s what I’m about today.  Those whose interests lie pen-ward, I’ll try to get myself back in shape tomorrow.

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Admiral
Today’s ink: Camel royal blue

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Seeing red… sort of.

Posted by Dirck on 17 August, 2011

Pressed for time today, so I will mention another Asian presence on my desk; the Camel ink in my Esterbrook dip well.  In that delivery mode, it is a reasonably well-behaved ink, not given to feathering, but it is slightly more salmon than fire engine.  It does the job, though, and seems to be resisting molds, spores, and fungus.

Today’s hasty pen: Long Life hard rubber button-filling oddity
Today’s ink: Herbin’s Bleu Myosotis

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Camels Arriving in the Post

Posted by Dirck on 19 May, 2011

Well– Camel inks.  I got a couple of bottles, along with some Chelpark inks… which appear to not have their own website. Both are manufactured in India, and as they’re profoundly not available here the chance at a lot containing some of both was one I jumped at.

I’m struck by how similar the Chelpark bottle is to previous generations of Quink, including a mysterious science ingredient.  Chelpark has “Cleen-X”, which claims to clean one’s pen in four ways, just like Parker’s “Solv-X”.  I’m also interested to see that in naming the additive as they have, they aren’t just invoking the vanished Parker ingredient, but also a facial tissue.  “I could use some Cleen-X” starts to become very context reliant….

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Legacy
Today’s ink: Herbin’s Poussière de Lune

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