What's up at Ravens March.

Vintage pens-Handmade books-Silly statements

Posts Tagged ‘Montblanc 32’

Posted by Dirck on 26 August, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 23 August
  • 24 August
  • 25 August
  • 26 August
  • Third draft of “Anne’s Big Day”.
  • Some submissions.
  • All polished up and just sort of 3000 words.
  • Funnily enough, not “Anne’s Big Day”.

† Two Pelikans in one week? I really wanted to match this pen and ink, and as the maker of my rules, I can amend them.

‡ I’ll be offering some thoughts about this next week.

Posted in Progress Report | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Posted by Dirck on 19 August, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 16 August
  • 17 August
  • 18 August
  • 19 August
  • Submissions and a Sask Writers Guild meeting.
  • Bugger-all writing, and I was late for the meeting.

Posted in Progress Report | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Posted by Dirck on 12 August, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 9 August
  • 10 August
  • 11 August
  • 12 August
  • Second draft of “Anne’s Big Day”.
  • Finished, and just under 3000 words.

Posted in Progress Report | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Posted by Dirck on 5 August, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 2 August
  • 3 August
  • 4 August
  • 5 August
  • Civic Holiday Day.
  • Pinned on the phone by a needy co-worker seeking advice on a duty.
  • Second draft of “Anne’s Big Day”.
  • About a dozen films reformatted (see last entry).
  • The half the damn lunch-hour.
  • Just 538 typed words.

† I get to exercise my signing authority today at the Sask. Writers Guild (did I mention I am, for the moment, a director?) so in addition to a pen with a distinctive point, I wanted to use an indelible ink; this one is both permanent and magnificently well-behaved.

Posted in Progress Report | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

The Clothes Make the Ma…AAAAH!

Posted by Dirck on 30 July, 2021

I have recently begun (because I am still a bit of a Luddite and chronically underfunded) the process of moving the vast crowd of films my wife and I own onto an external hard-drive thousands of times more capacious than the brain of Johnny Mnemonic, so that we may watch them on the big TV in the living room without having to walk to shelf to DVD player and back to chair like we’re cavemen. Oh, no, we’re joining the world of… the current decade, more or less, using the home computer to send files to a phone which then transmits them to a doodad plugged into our television. SIMPLE!

This pursuit has given a couple of subsidiary enjoyments. The most frequent is the feeling of virtuous rectitude each time I get to the message from my DVD-to-file software telling me I have to affirm that the file is only for non-commercial home use, because that’s exactly what I’m at.

The other is being reminded of the existence of some of the stuff in our collection. Some, like Fiend Without a Face, are extremely subjective sources of enjoyment. Others are generally held up as classics by people qualified to make that kind of pronouncement.

For example, one is always well repaid for a re-watching of Alien.

Today’s pen: Montblanc 32
Today’s ink: Montblanc Racing Green

Posted in General Blather | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Posted by Dirck on 22 July, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 19 July
  • 20 July
  • 21 July
  • 22 July
  • Second draft of “Anne’s Big Day”.
  • 590 typed words.

Posted in Progress Report | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

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.

Posted in 1 | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Posted by Dirck on 11 June, 2020

 

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 8 June
  • 9 June
  • 10 June
  • 11 June
  • First draft of “Memorial Garden”
  • 2 pages.†

†Two pages? Two?! In a whole week? Well, not really. That’s two pages today, while the rest of the week was spent trying to build up enthusiasm for any of the stories in the idea hopper.

I’m not particularly happy with that. I am absolutely putting it down to work stress; the volume of work has somehow kept rising throughout the COVID period. There’s supposed to be a slack tide in the middle of the month, damn it!

I was also dilatory on my Magic Brain Pills a couple of weeks back, and have perceived maybe not the black dog itself but certainly the smell of its cold, damp fur. A better effort at periodic swallowing since should see the chemistry back where I’d like it.

Posted in Progress Report | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Posted by Dirck on 2 June, 2020

 

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 1 June
  • 2 June
  • 3 June
  • 4 June
  • Third draft of “I Will Not Leave You Comfortless”†
  • Submissions.
  • The extended whine below.
  • Three very awkward sentences shown the error of their ways, and some other polishing.
  • The barrel of the launcher grows perilously hot.
  • Yes, I’ve got something to whine about.

‡ A note not about the ink, but about the absence of a link to a profile. My new computer arrived!

Yay!

I still can’t update the site effectively!

Ya… wait, what?

It’s the sort of thing that will rise up like a patch of cursed bog to confront you when you don’t replace your computer for a decade or so. That program you like? The one that you’re very familiar with?

Yes, that’s right. It’s not compatible with the new OS. One of the reasons for that is, as you’ll discover when you go looking, that the company behind the program stopped offering software at some point in the past three years or so, and now make sensor hardware.

This is deeply inconvenient when the program is question is the one that you… or rather I, have been processing all my images through. Cleaning them up, Trying, despite appearances, to get them to be consistent in tone and brightness. Editing out moles and other blemishes on the otherwise smooth skin of my models.

Which means that I have to both find a replacement and figure out it works before I can add yet more images to my image-rich site. And also resist the urge to play World of Warships, which is something the new computer can offer, unlike the previous one. I’m leaning towards something in the GIMP direction, and not just because that’s an unkind nickname I hung on my brother when I was about eight.

† This is a much more satisfactory title than “Ancestral Curse”. Trust me.

Posted in General Blather, Progress Report | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Posted by Dirck on 28 May, 2020

 

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 25 May
  • 26 May
  • 27 May
  • 28 May
  • A new problem†
  • Shaving “Wilden Klausen” to fit a publication it’s thematically perfect for.
  • Getting “Wilden Klausen” off on its way.
  • Catching up on correspondence
  • More than I’d like
  • 131 words removed and a pint of sweat.
  • Bon voyage, monster-filled figment of my imagination!
  • Half of it.

† As we gear up at The Regular Job for post-COVID operations, there’s been some shuffling, and one of the effects this has upon me is taking both barrels in the face of this question: “You don’t mind covering the front desk over lunch, do you?”

It’s not a big deal, but the Selfish Artist trope who is among the multitudes which I contain is grumbling. I still have, technically, the full length of my lunch break, it just doesn’t start until 12:45. However, acting upon that seriously truncates the afternoon. I think I may have mentioned that I am extremely busy with Real Job lately?

This is likely to become less of a problem as we get back to more usual staffing levels (like many, I desperately hope that COVID marks the turn of an epoch, and the world will not simply return to status quo ante, but at a personal level… more people on-site to help with the lifting at Regular Job, please). It’s also not what I’m used to, and that is frequently enough to make a thing onerous.

Posted in Progress Report | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »