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Posted by Dirck on 14 November, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 11 November
  • 12 November
  • 13 November
  • 14 November
  • The Yearly Remembrance Weep
  • First draft of “Grand Finale”
  • First draft of “Vacation Slides”
  • More health care stuff
  • Copious
  • Six manuscript pages.
  • Four manuscript pages.
  • A prescription!

 

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Red Planet Venus… wait, what?

Posted by Dirck on 8 November, 2019

I don’t know what I’m doing to be treated so well by the Youtube algorithm, but I hope it persists. I’ve read about this film, and been curious to see it, and all of a sudden, there it is in the suggestions panel– an East German/Polish co-production from 1960 (and thus very very much under communist influence), in which space travelers check out a mysterious message from Venus in the dazzlingly distant year of 1985!

It’s not exactly an edge-of-the-seat thrill-ride, but I think it has some real advantages over… Queen of Outer Space, let’s say. I have no interest in driving a Trabant or standing in a long line for a strictly limited ration of vodka, but I may very well try to chase down some more Soviet-bloc sci-fi.

Today’s pen OF THE UNSPEAKABLY DISTANT FUTURE: Lamy Studio
Today’s DECADENT IMPERIALIST ink: Herbin Violet Pensée

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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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Posted by Dirck on 10 October, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 7 October
  • 8 October
  • 9 October
  • 10 October
  • I’ve got a comfortable buffer, hoorah.

 

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Posted by Dirck on 26 September, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 23 September
  • 24 September
  • 25 September
  • 26 September
  • Second draft of “Whistling Through the Graveyard”
  • An oddly precise 2450 typed words.

 

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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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