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Negligent? Tuckered Out!

Posted by Dirck on 30 June, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 28 June
  • 29 June
  • 30 June
  • First draft of “Anne’s Big Day”.
  • Six manuscript pages (and probably three more to done).

Yeah… I kind of missed the film last week, didn’t I? A sign of how damn tired I am from The Regular Job’s demands, which over the past two weeks have been enhanced by a self-inflicted demand to make sure the people who are looking after my usual duties have an easy go of things.

I am, at least, taking a good long break– I don’t put rump to office chair again until 19 July. I also don’t have a lot of projects in mind for the vacation period other than writing and some personal pen-work, which is good, because that mass of killingly-hot air which has been afflicting the north-west coast of the continent will arrive here… sometime tomorrow.

Although it will have shed some heat along the way, for which I am extremely grateful.

Here’s two films because there wasn’t one last week: One jolly interesting and one quietly amusing.

I don’t expect to be making up any entertainment deficits when I return, because I know my limitations. See you in three weeks, everyone, unless I melt in the interim.

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Posted by Dirck on 24 June, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 21 June
  • 22 June
  • 23 June
  • 24 June
  • First draft of “Anne’s Big Day”.
  • The second jab.
  • First draft of “Anne’s Big Day”.
  • Three manuscript pages.
  • A tiny poke, and a period of normal immune response.
  • Four manuscript pages.

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Thinking Break

Posted by Dirck on 7 August, 2020

But first– we’ve all, who have the means, donated to an appropriate place to help out the people of Beirut, right?

Now, for the day’s film, some educational content. It’s still very entertaining, but it will also gives tips of how to listen to what people are saying. Especially politicians.

Today’s pen: Lamy 27 (the fine point really makes the ink last)
Today’s ink: TWSBI Sapphire Blue

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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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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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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 24 October, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 21 October
  • 22 October
  • 23 October
  • 24 October
  • Buffer REGAINED at the expense of very tired fignres… nifegrs… f i n g e r s.


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Penultimate Effort

Posted by Dirck on 22 October, 2019

So, I mentioned that I was giving up on repairs, but that didn’t mean I didn’t have some repairs to deal with. One of the items still in the queue was this poor creature, of which I took a couple of horrifying pictures against the possibility I might actually do something to help.

Oh, lord, what happened to you? Were you frightened by Winston Churchill on V-E Day?

What I was trying to capture was the way one shoulder was all hunched up, like an over the top actor doing Richard III

Seriously, when the problem was described to me, my first response was, “Well, I may be able to scare up a replacement,” because it sounded exactly as bad as it was.

I got down to that end of the repair line on the weekend, and everything I said earlier about the effect of fixing pens for people swung into full effect. Disenchantment. Constant self-monitoring to not cut corners or hurry recklessly so that it would just be done already.

Fortunately, years of trying to be aware of my internal state have paid off. Corners remain square. Sufficient time was devoted to the task, despite the usual contrariness of inanimate objects….

Actually, let me emphasize that last point. When getting tines that are radically out of sorts back into the right shape, there is a lot of back and forth in the final stages, at least in my experience, between “Good in an up/down relation, but splayed right at the end so there’s risk of breaking the weld on the tipping” and “correct taper on slit, but one tine is way too high.” This little monster had plenty of that style of grief to hand out, and yet, I persevered.

Yes, it really is the same item as the previous pictures. I’m as surprised as anyone.

You can just make out a remaining wow in the tine, which is much more evident when in the same room with the thing.

Since I’m not doing this anymore, this is not me trying to prove that I’m the guy you should look to for all your fountain pen de-mangling needs. I’m just… quietly bragging. I’m also pleased on behalf of the owner, because what spares I’ve got are nothing like as flexible as this pen. It’s a delight.

However, I will end on this– I indicate that there are imperfections there, however unwilling the camera is to reveal them. The fact of them leads me to mention that however impressive that stuff above might be, this guy is, according to all reports I’ve heard, much better at this than me. So, if you need a pen de-mangled, there’s still a Canadian option.

Today’s pen: Lamy 27
Today’s ink: Lamy black


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Posted by Dirck on 17 October, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 14 October
  • 15 October
  • 16 October
  • 17 October
  • Gobbling down turkey.
  • Stuff over on the other site, in pursuit of #inktober.
  • Buffer lost due to thanksgiving weekend.

An announcement follows this message. I thought I should give it its own space, as it’s kind of momentous (for me; no cancer cures or spotting of onrushing comets).

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