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A Little Trip

Posted by Dirck on 31 July, 2020

Some nations are unclenching (and some are doing so recklessly, too) so travel is less of a distant dream than it was a couple of months ago. But it’s still not easy or necessarily wise. To help with this, let me present the sounds of some weird damn birds.

You can take “trip” to mean other things, too, although I only have movie and TV depictions of the experience to base that upon.

Today’s pen: Parker Duofold
Today’s ink: Quink Black

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Posted by Dirck on 30 July, 2020

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 27 July
  • 28 July
  • 29 July
  • 30 July
  • Dealing with excess Job demands
  • Faffing around collecting my van.
  • First draft of “Hobb’s Landing”.
  • More non-writing faff.
  • As much as was needed.
  • More than I could easily afford.
  • 338 words typed.
  • Less expensive, still vexing.

Excellent to be over the writer’s block, eh? I don’t know how I got this busy, but I hope it settles down soon.

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GET BACK TO WORK!

Posted by Dirck on 24 July, 2020

*znnnrk* Huh? Oh, right. Vacation’s over. Cripes! I missed Thursday’s update! Let’s dash that off, quick!

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 20 July
  • 21 July
  • 22 July
  • 23 July
  • First draft of A Science Fiction Story
  • 350 words typed

I got as little done during the vacation as I’d hoped, and to be honest the past week hasn’t been as trying as one expects from the first after a vacation. Something I did manage to build during my time off was a low-key manifestation of writer’s block, which I managed to kick loose yesterday by means of a free writing prompt. I had meant to make it something short, but now that I’ve started, I’m going to let it expand; one does not look a muse in the mouth.

To make up for the long silence here, how about a long spoken-word presentation:

That’s some good fun.

Today’s pen: TWSBI Diamond 580 ALR
Today’s ink: Pelikan Violet

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Corvidpalooza!

Posted by Dirck on 3 July, 2020

As we’re all still under the dark shadow of COVID-19, to a greater or lesser degree, I’m going to add an R to it to celebrate the start of my vacation– the month, you see, has no R in it, so by complicated and slightly insane connections, this works… um… to keep viruses away…?

WHATEVER! PRETTY BIRDS NOW!

 

I am also wearing a damned mask. Poorly developed magical thinking is only one of the approaches I’m taking to staying healthy, and a rather less important one than listening to doctors. The two-week isolation I’m about to undertake is nothing to do with being infected, just tired.

Today’s pen: Parker Arrow
Today’s ink: Jentle blue-black

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Posted by Dirck on 2 July, 2020

 

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 29 June
  • 30 June
  • 1 July*
  • 2 July
  • First draft of “Memorial Garden”
  • * Also, lounging for Canada Day
  • 6 manuscript pages.

 

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Meeting New People

Posted by Dirck on 26 June, 2020

Today’s film is a little more ad-riddled than I could wish, but it’s worth the pain. We, by which I mean the Common North American Lummox (of which vast herds roam wild across the whole continent, wherever there’s life-sustaining air conditioners), don’t often get to consider an early cultural contact from the non-European side of the fence.

Speaking of learning how to deal with a new culture, notice that there is now a link to a whole new Inks page. I, a mighty bull Lummox, have successfully negotiated with my newly-arrived computer to process scans to a point where they more or less match previous output. I may get the slightly more daunting prospect of photograph manipulation sorted out this weekend!

Today’s pen: Lamy 27
Today’s ink: TWSBI Sapphire Blue

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Posted by Dirck on 25 June, 2020

 

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 22 June
  • 23 June
  • 24 June
  • 25 June
  • First draft of “Memorial Garden”
  • 4 manuscript pages.

It’s not that I’m unenthusiastic, I’m just tired. Whoever turned the volume knob on Regular Job way over back in May hasn’t put it back yet.

Vacation time impends. Ravelled sleeves quiver in anticipation.

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Inspiring Abba Titles Since 1815

Posted by Dirck on 19 June, 2020

A quick film today, and probably uninteresting to nineteen of every twenty of you who look in here, but I’ve never been able to grip the flow of this event in the various fictional accounts I’ve read, so I found this both diverting and useful.

I suspect it doesn’t apply so well to the version of the event in Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, but that’s OK. Also, I realize the anniversary of the event was yesterday, and for the American element of my audience today has a significance all its own; I didn’t feel qualified to dabble in the latter, and I am in a mood to contemplate the overthrow of a tyrant.

Today’s pen: Parker Arrow
Today’s ink: Jentle blue-black

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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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