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The Second* Best Day of the Year

Posted by Dirck on 4 November, 2016

It’s fountain pen day!  Huzzah!  Rather than just a single video, I’m offering a whole heap of them, plus some cheesecake shots of pens you may well have already seen from me.  Well… you get to see them again, because it’s FOUNTAIN PEN DAY!  Let’s start with a look at who won the random draw to be the Pen of Fountain Pen Day in my life:

Oh, stop whining. NONE of us get the day off.

Oh, stop whining. NONE of us get the day off.

It beat out the Arte Italiana, the Targa 1005, and the Souverän M600 in a fair fight refereed by Random.Org.  Here’s some photos of the lovely runners-up, provided by their publicist (me):

OMAS Arte Italiana Milord in Arco Brown (say that five times, fast).

Honorable mentions to… well, almost every other pen I own.  Now, on with the celebrations:

A poster from 1937

A poster from 1937

Statesman Triumvirate, 29 August 2014

Enough of this, though– the true observance of the day is taking your pen out and giving it a good long write!  Go and get some in on a page!

Today’s pen (who is going to have lots of fun, really): Parker 75
Today’s ink: Herbin Poussière de Lune

 *Hallowe’en owns the top of the podium, but second place is contested by today, Christmas, and various family birthdays.

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Posted by Dirck on 4 August, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 2 August
  • 3 August
  • 4 August
  • First draft of the “Palindrome.”
  • …in which I am attempting to be…
  • …clever possibly beyond my powers.
  • Seven manuscript pages.
  • Eight pages.
  • Eight more.
  • 60 min.
  • 55 min.
  • 50 min.

But what of Monday?  It was a long weekend; perhaps not true where you are (I know Newfoundland was business as usual, to add to its other small woes), but such was the case here.  Pens were not idle, the e-Motion and the final dregs in the now-resting OMAS going into long-delayed correspondence, but that’s extracurricular.

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More OMAS, Maybe.

Posted by Dirck on 2 August, 2016

A quick note about an exciting development– a little while ago, I mentioned that OMAS was being shuttered.  I didn’t mention directly that it was being done in a very hostile way, and that there was little hope for the company to emerge from the flames of its destruction.

Well, we hear that there is an egg in the ashes, and that it may be a phoenix.  Over the weekend, there was a post on the FPN from the chap who gave Eversharp a bit of a shove at the end of the previous century and what looks like a more permanent reanimation a couple of years ago, revealing that he had successfully concluded a negotiation with the disgruntled Chinese owners of OMAS for whatever had not yet been irretrievably smashed.

He also noted that to run up some of the necessary capital to refloat OMAS, he’s planning the sale all the unsold finished pens now in his hands, limited editions included, at various discounts running from comfortable up to ridiculous.  Even at a ridiculous discount, my own funds don’t run to OMAS buying but if you’ve got some spare heaps of cash to devote to what is for the pen world an excellent cause, the rebirth of a long-standing pen-maker (and employer of specialized artisans) under benign management, keep an eye on omasoutlet.com; the site isn’t functional yet, but should be soon.  You may get a grail pen in the bargain, which you had thought lost forever!

Today’s pen: Sheaffer 1500 Lifetime
Today’s ink: Skrip black

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Posted by Dirck on 21 July, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 18 July
  • 19 July
  • 20 July
  • 21 July
  • Second draft of the “Swimmer’s Build”.
  • The same, and yes, it is a long one.
  • More of the same.
  • STILL more, although the climax is, at last, upon us.
  • 835 words typed.
  • 888 words (which I think is good news in some numerologies).
  • 821 words.
  • 827 words.
  • 55 min.
  • 60 min.
  • 50 min.
  • 60 min.

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Would You? Could You?

Posted by Dirck on 20 July, 2016

Not too long ago, I was working on a Montblanc 149, the burly gargantua of that company’s expensive output.  It actually hung around my place for about a month, because paradoxically it took longer to arrange an in-person handing-over to a local client than it would have to pop it in the mail.  I’ll digress for a quick explanation– it was her grandfather’s (an early ’60s version, if I’m understanding the signs correctly) and she was on a fence about whether it was worth the cost of getting it running again, because sending it off the the company’s quite able repair service costs rather a lot.  Getting me to free a stuck piston?  Less so, although since I lack the tool to dismount the point, the piston could still do with lubrication.

In any event, I was able to do a little semi-illicit writing with what is for many a Grail Pen, the summum bonum of pen collection aspiration.  I learned two things from the experience.  First: I have no problem whatever writing with an oblique stub.  The slight angle of the tipping hardly called for any amendment of my usual approach to a piece of paper.  Good to know.

Second, and even more important: had I the resources to lay my hands on a Montblanc 149, I would devote them elsewhere.  This is not (just) because I incline to agreement with the position that the pen is unjustified in its expense– indeed, “if I had…” dismisses that head entirely, since it implies all other material needs and wants are dealt with.  It is a nice pen, pleasing to look upon, impressive of dimension… and that’s where it falls down for me.

It’s too damn big.

The raw diameter of the section is such that I never felt comfortable in my grip.  Perhaps, over months of devoted practice, I would lose that sensation of not having closed my fingers sufficiently around it; it is said, after all, that a wider item is easier on the joints than a slender.  However, I’ve got plenty of moderately-sized pen at my command right now.  Those months of dedicated practice would be to gain an end I already have plenty of means to realize– physical enjoyment of the task of writing.  I’m already there, so why make the journey?

In light of this realization, I open the door of speculation.  If not the Montblanc, what of other modern Brobdingnagian pens?  Interestingly, my dear OMAS Arte Italiana is almost as wide, but apparently the tiny fraction of difference is sufficient that I don’t get the same almost-cramp from using it.  It is thus not impossible for me, having unearthed a hoard of pirate dubloons (very sneaky pirates of the 17th century would travel 2,500 km inland to hide their chests), to go out and buy huge pens meant to impress.  But… as much as I like my Pelikan M600, I don’t know that I’d bother taking two giant steps up the Souverän ladder to the M1000.  Pockets are only so big.

One final item to ponder before I wrap up for today.  Almost the moment I had formed my opinion about the Montblanc, I when and bought a Jinhao 159.  Eventually a quiet moment will beckon, and I’ll have time to add this pen and its maker to my site, but for the moment let me sum up what would appear on a model profile for the 159: it’s a loving reproduction of the Montblanc 149, but for a different clip and a missing ink window… oh, and it’s a lot heavier.  I apparently haven’t got my powers of insight turned up quite far enough to sort out why I would do this to myself.  Even if the Jinhao cost a grand total of $3.00, shipping included, and is thus well within my means… well, see above and it’s heavier, which is never an inducement to me.

Until something better appears, I’ll cling to the ring-buoy explanation of satisfying curiosity regarding build quality.  For $3.00, it’s a pretty good pen….

Today’s not at all widebodied pen: Parker 180
Today’s ink: Lamy Black (gotta get through those cartridges!)

 

 

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Posted by Dirck on 14 July, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 11 July
  • 12 July
  • 13 July
  • 14 July
  • Second draft of the “Swimmer’s Build”.
  • The same.
  • …with opposition, alas.
  • Less opposition, but a real “blood on the forehead” session.  First and second drafts diverge.
  • 769 words typed.
  • 984 words.
  • 589 words.
  • 390 words.
  • 55 min.
  • 60 min.
  • 45 min.
  • 40 min.

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Posted by Dirck on 7 July, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 4 July
  • 5 July
  • 6 July
  • 7 July
  • Second draft of the “Swimmer’s Build”.
  • More “Swimmer’s Build,” which goes slowly because I was too timid with the first draft.
  • Second drafting persists.
  • Radical change of perspective!  And gosh, it was the way to go.
  • 532 words typed.
  • 645 words (see?).
  • 640 words.
  • With chops and changes, it’s about 800 new words.
  • 45 min.
  • 50 min.
  • 45 min.
  • 30 min.
  • 60 min.

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How’d It Go?

Posted by Dirck on 4 July, 2016

Pretty well, for a vacation only from work.  Let’s get that checklist from the last entry:

  1. Throwing out stuff I should have thrown out when clearing out the parents’ house instead of letting Nostalgia shove me around;
  2. Throwing out stuff so my son won’t have to do item (1) in 35 years;
  3. Committing small acts of home repair as a proof of good intention to the house;
  4. Small acts of sympathetic magic in hopes of convincing wealth to shower upon my household (already begun, as you may note from the roster of “Rich Man’s Pens” that are showing up in my rotation);
  5. Getting my son as much locomotive time as possible in celebration of his birthday– there’s a steam engine and an archaic diesel within reach;
  6. Submitting more stories to more markets;
  7. Please, please, please some writing, because the boy’s at school still for almost the whole period that I’m not and I should have time even with the previous chores standing in my way.

On items (1) and (2), about a bag from each column.  This was balanced out by the importation of yet more track and rolling stock for my son’s toy train empire (his birthday, after all), which I should not complain about.  He also got books about actual locomotives, which pleased him at least as much as the toys, and that makes for a happy pappy.

(3) was… well, nothing new broke.  Status quo is a win in that department.  Item (4) has a similar result, and since I’m aware that there is indeed plenty of “how much worse can it be?” in the realm of household economy, I’ll not complain aloud.

That steam engine referred to in (5) is apparently laid up for the season, but…

OgLoco OgStation

…there was some fun had, even if things were a little overcast.

I will admit failure on point (6), mainly through distraction on the other points AND some repairs done for local clients, but as far as (7) goes I will offer the threatened large and oddly formatted progress report:

Writing Attempted Amount Written Pens Used (no particular order, and not just on the writing) Inks Used (likewise)
  • First Draft of “Swimmer’s Build”
  • First Draft of “Final Girl”
  • Second Draft of Choose Your Own Hideous Fate project
  • 12 pages and done.
  • 22 pages, also done.
  • about 3,000 words

That’s actually less time spent on writing than I hoped, but an encouraging outlook as far as being able to get anything like that done at all when I’m (sort of) in command of my own schedule.  Hooray!

Speaking of writing things– there’s some pens there without links, aren’t there?  I’d best get down to business on that….

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Posted by Dirck on 16 June, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 13 June
  • 14 June
  • 15 June
  • First draft of the “Swimmer’s Build”.
  • More first draft… well, not action.  Gentle escalation.
  • Ah, it’s getting silly now.  Yay!
  • I think I am near the end; three more days, perhaps.
  • Six manuscript pages, which is resisting somewhat today.
  • Seven pages.
  • Seven pages.
  • Four pages.
  • 45 min.
  • 55 min.
  • 50 min.
  • 30 min.

An apology to those who have been offended by the appearance of ads here in the past week.  I find that simple ad blocking is no longer a stand-alone option, and that WordPress insists upon a $99/year premium account to achieve the same goal.  That’s an increase of 3.3 times to the cost of the joy of not stuffing ads in the face of my visitors– the only other benefit to me is 13G of media storage rather than 3G, and since I’m currently using a whopping four percent of that free storage, it’s a dubious benefit indeed.  It’s also not a quantity of money I can hand over without a qualm– it’s about the distance into overdraft I got before each payday, as our household is one of those in which (food)+(utilities)+(mortgage)=(all incoming cash), less a madcap subscription to Netflix to keep us from going completely mad for want of entertainment.

Basically, I can’t afford to not let WordPress annoy you with ads any more.  Sorry, everyone.  We are all firmly in the grip of the Great Grimpen Mire of capitalism.

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Funny Responses to Bereavement

Posted by Dirck on 22 February, 2016

I learned this morning that OMAS was having its tent folded up by its corporate masters (with some vague speculations of just possibly maybe some other large and well-moneyed entity sweeping in to prevent the final death).  Those who want to get a full and sensible examination of the matter can look here and here, although the jury is still somewhat out as to how sensible the action is– there may be a little bit of spite swirled in with the usual profit/loss considerations.

My own response, after the immediate, “Aw, no.  Not another one,” was something I’m not particularly proud of.  There was a tremor of relief at the prospect of not having to remember to update the latest suggested retail prices on my site.  How’s that for self-absorption?  I’ll try to put it down to an inward mechanism aimed at not feeling too bad about things I cannot control swinging into action, which is still self-absorbed but less monstrous.

Today’s pen: Waterman Executive
Today’s ink: Herbin Lie de Thé

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