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Posted by Dirck on 14 June, 2018

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 11 June
  • 12 June
  • 13 June
  • 7 June
  • First draft of “Quest for El Dorado” (working title)†
  • 2350 typed words‡

† The working title is because this story is not my own idea. I’m pursuing the Owl Creek Press Short Story Hackathon, which provides opening and closing paragraphs, and I don’t produce titles without a long gestation.  Since this thing has a deadline of 1 July, I’d better sort it out sooner than later.

‡ In the interest of brisk production, I’m stepping outside my usual policy of a hand-written first draft. So far, the deadline is providing sufficient forward momentum that the change isn’t too jarring; one of the reasons for the policy is the prevention of endless fiddling with one troublesome paragraph at the cost of never finishing the damn story. I have a sound historical basis for this policy.

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Posted by Dirck on 7 June, 2018

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 4 June
  • 5 June
  • 6 June
  • 7 June
  • First draft of “Until Regrets Take the Place of Dreams”
  • 27 manuscript pages.

Have you read the entry I made earlier today? You should. It’s far more interesting, and contains time-sensitive material.

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Posted by Dirck on 31 May, 2018

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 28 May
  • 29 May
  • 30 May
  • 31 May
  • First draft of “Until Regrets Take the Place of Dreams”
  • 23 manuscript pages.

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Posted by Dirck on 24 May, 2018

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 21 May
  • 22 May
  • 23 May
  • 24 May
  • Terrified obeisance to the spectre of Queen Victoria
  • First draft of “No Easy Way Out”
  • Third draft of “Stuckman’s Miracle Men”
  • Dig Two Graves
  • Second draft of “No Easy Way Out”
  • Lawn mowed (she’s not that bad, really)
  • 2 manuscript pages.
  • That which was needed
  • 1100 words banged out and posted
  • 1983 words typed, and done.

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Posted by Dirck on 1 September, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 29 August
  • 30 August
  • 31 August***
  • 1 September
  • First draft of “Rearranging the Deck Chairs,” after a long think about current projects. *
  • More “Deck Chairs.”
  • First draft of “Deck Chairs” continues.
  • More than I’d expected to get done today!†
  • Three manuscript pages.
  • Five pages**
  • Seven pages.
  • Six pages.
  • 45 min.
  • 45 min.
  • 55 min.
  • 40 min.

* I found the tone of “Considerable Savings of Labour” was wandering from what I wanted, and not in a way that I could say, “Oh, if that’s the way the story wants to run, who is the author to say otherwise?”  The long think was on the theme of how much I would have to strain to get back on track, and the result was to change what I’m at.  Taking a break should derail the unwelcome trend, with the bonus of getting underway on another story that I’m sort of anxious to get down on paper.

** Another hard think before starting, because I actually was jolted out of sleep by a story a couple up the current batting order clamouring for attention.  In the end, I declined to start another story without finishing at least one of those that’s underway– poor policy, yes?– but have made sufficient notes to keep the new fire banked for when it can be blown into a proper inferno.

*** It was a very blustery day, so I went on my lunch walk without my Panama screwed onto my head.  Somehow, I returned without any cries of “Look at the unhatted lunatic!  Save the children!” being raised.

† The unspeakably cheap charger for a small tablet my wife got a couple of years ago became unexpectedly cordless overnight, and part of my writing time was lost to getting a replacement.  Success in the search, and… well, six pages!

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Posted by Dirck on 25 August, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 22 August
  • 23 August
  • 24 August
  • 25 August
  • Third draft of “Swimmer’s Build” done.
  • First draft of “A Considerable Saving of Labour”…
  • …which is bubbling along nicely….
  • …apart from Regular Job intrusion on my time.
  • A very little fixing of typos and shifts of tense… times 32 pages.
  • Seven manuscript pages.
  • Nine pages.
  • Six pages.
  • 45 min.
  • 55 min.
  • 55 min.
  • 35 min.

I’ll also mention another story acceptance, which had also somewhat affected my ability to concentrate on the day’s writing.  As with the previous, I’m going to withhold details until things are more solid (both are more of a non-Newtonian fluid, currently, but setting is underway), but having two acceptances strike within two weeks of each other is making me feel like I might actually be causing some sparks when I bang words together.  A gratifying sensation indeed.

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Posted by Dirck on 18 August, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 15 August
  • 16 August
  • 17 August
  • 18 August
  • Second draft of “Palindrome” done.
  • “Screening Process” second draft.
  • …and done.
  • Third draft of “Palindrome.”*
  • 1,074 words, not all of which stuck, for a total of 2,847.
  • 1,326 words (this one calls for less care than the previous).
  • …with a total of 1,494.
  • Adjusting the total to 2,829
  • 50 min.
  • 55 min.
  • 30 min.
  • 45 min.

*This story has forced me to care as much about word choice as poets do (or at least, should); I’m only now at the point when I dare to show it to my test-readers.  If I had any talent in that direction, it would probably be better as a poem than prose, for reasons hinted at by the title, but… well, as Harry Callahan once said, a man’s got to know his limitations.

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Posted by Dirck on 11 August, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 8 August
  • 9 August
  • 10 August
  • 11 August
  • First draft of “Palindrome” and of “Screening Process.”
  • First draft of “Screening Process” finished.
  • Second draft of “Palindrome.”
  • More second draft.
  • Two and six manuscript pages, respectively.
  • Ten pages (thumps chest, Tarzan-wise).
  • 950 words typed
  • 868 words.
  • 60 min.
  • 60 min.
  • 55 min.
  • 50 min.*

*Some of today’s writing time was devoted to enjoying a large chocolate chip cookie, my prize to myself in the wake of what I will call a tentative acceptance of one of my stories.  I phrase it thus because until the actual publication, anything may go wrong; the acceptance is phrased in definite terms, but still… I’m trying to keep excitement down to a pitch where it doesn’t blow the ears right off of my head.

When the story appears, which I’m told will be before the end of September (and in a smooth-running world, a good deal sooner), I will certainly be festooning this place with links, so all may share in my glee.

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Sensible Talk to Make you Sad

Posted by Dirck on 5 August, 2016

There’s an AWFUL lot of political chatter drifting across the border from the US.  Here’s some more (and if you can’t face it, I’ve got a new story up on my other front that you may enjoy).

Yep.  Still scared of what that election is going to produce.

Today’s pen: Parker 180
Today’s ink: Lamy Black

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Posted by Dirck on 28 July, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 25 July
  • 26 July
  • 27 July
  • 28 July
  • Second draft of the “Swimmer’s Build.”
  • Second draft concludes, just shy of blotting out the sun with its dimensions.
  • Second draft of “Final Girl.”
  • …which is much shorter.
  • 610 words typed, and the end is at last in sight!
  • 715 words, for a total of 9,983 (sorry, feedback readers!).
  • 881 words.
  • 907 words (at least 60% done).
  • 50 min.
  • 60 min.
  • 50 min.
  • 55 min.

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