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Big Bird

Posted by Dirck on 14 January, 2022

I am going to have a film this week, following another not-much-progress report.

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 10 January
  • 11 January
  • 12 January
  • 13 January
  • Faffing about with getting the collection in train
  • COVID booster
  • Post-booster groggy
  • See Monday
  • Much smoke, little fire.
  • An armful
  • My favourite colour of the alphabet is grape!
  • See Monday

Now, with that out of the way, let’s have another moment of misty-eyed contemplation of a direction of technological development.

I don’t know about you, but I’d like to do my air travel in something that wasn’t just a big tube.

Although, like a lot of people, I’d also like to do my air travel at all, and in something that wasn’t wrecking the atmosphere.

Today’s pen: Platinum PKB-3000
Today’s ink: Herbin Poussière de Lune

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Augurs Poorly

Posted by Dirck on 7 January, 2022

No film last week, no update yesterday– you might think something terrible had happened to me. Happily, it’s just a quantity of unpleasant distractions demanding that I use my time otherwise.

I won’t try to penetrate the veil of traumatic amnesia which obscures the New Year’s Eve duties that ate my lunch hour, but the thing that kept me from yesterday’s (lack-of-)progress report has some grim amusement in it which I’m willing to share.

My intent was to add some air to a tire that wasn’t holding air particularly well. This is a tire that has been giving me trouble for a long time, and that should have been a hint– the problem extended through switches between summer and winter tires.

[An aside– I may have said this previously, but if you live above 45ºN in the Americas, get winter tires if at all possible. I had taken all-season tires at their word for years, but having tried winter-specific tires, there’s such a difference in traction that I have to urge them]

I will at this point mention that the weather here has been… I don’t think “abominable” is too strong. Most of the last fortnight has had lows under -30C, and most of this week the highs have been below -30C. A tire looking a little squishy is to be expected, but this one was VERY squishy. Using the front end of the lunch period to run to the gas station for some air was sensible, and even more so when I applied my tire gauge to it– a mere 15PSI, less than half what it should be.

[Second aside; yes, I use Centigrade for outdoor temperature and PSI for tire pressure. I’m a GenX Canadian, and a lot of us are wired that way thanks to the fifteen year conversion of Canada to Metric with which we shared our school years]

I applied the air hose to the valve, the sound of inflation followed, and when the tire looked more itself, I removed the hose to check the pressure. The sound of rapid deflation followed.

That ain’t right.

Let me show you my tire valve.

More than usually portable…

The cold weather was probably the last straw for this little fitting, but as this is the second time I’ve had this happen. The previous event was explained to me as an exercise in cost-cutting by vehicle manufacturers. In earlier ages, the main element of the valve stem was made of brass. Now, with this vital part being an exterior manifestation of the pressure monitor system, brass is considered too expensive for OEM parts. What we have now is “pot metal”, which is the foundry version of “100% unknown fibres”. It is given to failure.

I’ll leave this to you to decide if this is a manifestation of the wickedness of capitalism.

Yesterday was thus devoted to swapping flat for spare at -31C while apologizing to the dozens of other people wanting to desquishify their own tires whose efforts I was obstructing.

So, with that as a foundation, let’s have a progress-free report for the week.

Day Pen Ink
  • 3 January
  • 4 January
  • 5 January
  • 6 January
  • 7 January

Now, as a final disappointment, I’ve run out of time for this session to select a film. Hopefully next week will see a restoration of normalcy. I’m also DESPERATELY hoping that this week is not a setting of tone for the year, because that would be pretty hard to take.

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Posted by Dirck on 30 December, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 13 December
  • 14 December
  • 15 December
  • 16 December
  • Drove to work
  • The same
  • Taxi to work, ride from brother which included picking up a charge-pack.
  • Drove to work
  • -28C
  • -30C
  • -32C
  • -31C

I’ve given myself license to lounge, writing-wise, until the new year when I shall spring into action like a crowd of Harryhausen skeletons. Dealing with the still-air temperatures this week is enough creativity.

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Posted by Dirck on 16 December, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 20 December
  • 21 December
  • 22 December
  • 23 December
  • Making some adjustments to “The Lambdon Wager” to render it more submittable.
  • More preliminary work for that stupid idea I mentioned last week.
  • Submitted!
  • Appropriately tiny progess.

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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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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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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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Posted by Dirck on 30 September, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 27 September
  • 28 September
  • 29 September
  • 30 September
  • Actual what-the-monkeys?! research for the upcoming story.
  • Ducks in a row

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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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Posted by Dirck on 23 September, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 20 September
  • 21 September
  • 22 September
  • 23 September
  • Video conference for the Sask. Writer’s Guild
  • Re-reading “The Lurking Fear” to make notes for a story I mean to write.
  • Shopping to replace broken junk in the household…
  • Friendly gabble achieved.
  • Finally done.
  • …because it can’t wait for the weekend.

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