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Who Says Germans are Dour?

Posted by Dirck on 19 September, 2019

Oh, you know the stereotype; cool, efficient, probably wearing a black turtleneck.

Stereotypes, man. I should be wearing a lot more flannel, according to international concepts of my nation.

Now, the usual Thursday entry, which will display what an atypical week this has been in more ways than one. It’s not just the impending Pelikan Hub that has kept me from my usual industry– there’s been a lot of stupid demands on my time this week, and they rendered me dull or incapable of using my free time as I would wish. This was, by the way, AFTER choices of ink were made– that degree of dull unoriginality happens without any outside influence, and with a huge array of bottles from several brands all laid out in front of me.

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 16 September
  • 17 September
  • 18 September
  • 19 September
  • First draft of “Whistling Through the Graveyard”.
  • Third draft of “Disruptions on the Line” (nee “Underground Follies”).
  • 5 manuscript pages.
  • About 10 minutes of mildly-focused attention.

 

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Plenty for Everyone!

Posted by Dirck on 17 September, 2019

While this particular example is both funny and speaks to a personal inclination, I’m not a fan of the type.

They make plenty of them! It’s not even a fountain pen! LEARN TO SHARE!

Today’s pen, which you may use it you ask nicely (and I’ll just hold onto the cap): Pelikan M30
Today’s ink, available by the bucketful: Diamine Marine

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COUNTDOWN BEGINS!

Posted by Dirck on 16 September, 2019

Pelikan Hub is this Friday! As a result, I’m going to clutter my space up with even more free advertising for that company than they’d expect, because if you can’t have a little fun with the efforts to wring money out of you, you’re probably not aware that they’re efforts to wring money out of you.

I will admit, if I lived in Germany, my son would be getting a LOT more of that kind of thing pressed upon him by his easily-led but well-meaning father.

Today’s pen (the start of a week of Pelikan): Pelikan New Classic
Today’s ink (less bound by brand loyalty): Diamine Bilberry

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Posted by Dirck on 12 September, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 9 September
  • 10 September
  • 11 September
  • 12 September
  • First draft of “Whistling Through the Graveyard”
  • 19 manuscript pages.

 

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Posted by Dirck on 5 September, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 2 September
  • 3 September
  • 4 September
  • 5 September
  • A day of labour trying to get a ten-year-old computer to do things.
  • Getting some submissions away that should have happened yesterday
  • Third draft of “Those Whom Ambition Calls”.
  • First draft of “Whistling Through the Graveyard”
  • All I could stand.
  • All I have hoped to.
  • Remarkably little adjustment needed.
  • Four manuscript pages.

 

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Posted by Dirck on 29 August, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 26 August
  • 27 August
  • 28 August
  • 29 August
  • First draft of “Underground Follies” (working title).
  • Second draft of same
  • 2 manuscript pages
  • 1946 words typed

I said I wasn’t going to mention it again, but… that Kickstarter has succeeded, so “The Moon Forest” (first met here as “14 Nights of Day”) will indeed be published, and if the publisher is true to their schedule, it will be available before the end of the year. Hoorah!

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Larger Than Life!

Posted by Dirck on 23 August, 2019

Oh, boy! The weekend! Time from some movies!

But wait! Are you appreciating them PROPERLY? WHile I’m not against escapism, I don’t encourage movies which urge “Just shut off your brain and go for the ride!” because they’re usually not offering much more. My wife and I frequently spoil our own film-viewing by out-loud contemplation of the direction. Sort of like this:

I imagine you’ve joined me in wondering what the hell a Bronchiosaurus is. I’m going pretend I heard something else.

Today’s pen, soaring toward the vanishing point from the upper edge of the screen: TWSBI Precision
Today’s ink, canted slightly relative to the frame edges to lend a subtle, almost subconscious, wrongness to the action: Diamine Midnight

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Posted by Dirck on 15 August, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 12 August
  • 13 August
  • 14 August
  • 15 August
  • First draft of “Beyond the Wall.”
  • Second draft of “Beyond the Wall.”
  • A letter to my mayor and city councillor about a really stupid item of policy that is about to become manifest, destroying 200 small local businesses.
  • Third draft of “Beyond the Wall.”
  • Four manuscript pages
  • 417 words
  • Much carefully-worded bile, about three spleens worth.
  • Up to 491 words, which is still fine.

A short story to fill the week, because Pseudopod is running a flash contest which closes at month’s end. The stupidity that comes in the midst of it is the sad sort of little guys vs. corporate greed thing that makes up so much of modern life– you can read about it if you’re inclined.

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Posted by Dirck on 27 June, 2019

 

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 24 June
  • 25 June
  • 26 June
  • 27 June
  • First draft of “Those Whom Ambition Calls”.
  • Second draft of same.
  • 10 manuscript pages.
  • 908 typed words.

I can’t say any more than this, although I am fairly bursting with it: I’ve had acceptances of two stories, and two more have been declared short-listed by the publications I sent them to. I will, obviously, be shouting about venues when I’m able (although the latter two may not resolve themselves for a few months, yet, and based on the production history of another anthology I’d love to point the world to, a similar delay may affect the others).

†The pen in the rotation was the Pelikan P1, but someone was very distracted by having to leave early to take the van in for some repairs (cheaper than promised, hoorah) so the on-deck Pen of Fiction gets to have a round of general duties for a day.

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Finding Your Voice

Posted by Dirck on 31 May, 2019

I’m going to mislead some people Googling for writing advice with that title. To them, I say– bang out story after story until what you’re doing reads like the whispers inside your own skull.

Now, with the first of TWO duties to assist my fellow humans out of the way, on to this week’s feature. I like doing a variety of voices when I’m reading to my son, although I have a limited repertoire (the historical portion of Red Rackham’s Treasure and its sea-farer-intensive cast is a real struggle). I thus really admire people who can shift their vocalizations around a lot:

Isn’t he a wonder? I have a second duty to a fellow human, just as self-imposed as the other. This guy, who is also adopting the voice of another, is having something of a pledge drive, and I’d like to see him prosper, so I’m boosting his signal (a very little– I’m away of my powers in this):

Today’s Pen: Montblanc 32
Today’s Ink: Diamine Oxford Blue

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