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Posted by Dirck on 28 February, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 25 February
  • 26 February
  • 27 February
  • 28 February
  • Third draft of “The Glamour of Battle” (no longer “Cannon Fodder”).
  • Second draft of “Cow’rin, Tim’rous”
  • Second draft of “The Curse of the Dragon”
  • Done at 3929 words.
  • 534 words.
  • About 900 words, but a false start made some go away.

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Posted by Dirck on 21 February, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 18 February
  • 19 February
  • 20 February
  • 21 February
  • First draft of “The Curse of the Dragon”
  • 17 manuscript pages

Why, yes, I did get a little writing done on Monday. I also during the week off, finished the second draft of “Cannon Fodder” but failed to come up with a better title for it. The working title is both inaccurate and a spoiler, so it really must go.

I also believe I have figured out a treatment for Parker 21s with cracked hoods. If the one I’m using today (and one I sent back to its owner, who offered it up to the cause of mad science) hold up through a whole writing cycle, I’ll try to document the process to share with the world. I should say, though, that the process is cosmetically imperfect… but what is mad science without a hideous offspring which hardly dares show its face?

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Posted by Dirck on 22 September, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 19 September
  • 20 September
  • 21 September
  • 22 September
  • Second draft of “Rearranging the Deck Chairs”.
  • More second drafting.
  • Oh, it’s fighting hard today.
  • Second draft complete (despite the anti-histamines).
  • 729  words typed.
  • 631 words.
  • 403 words (plus ½ pint of sweat).
  • A total of 3,849 words.
  • 50 min.
  • 45 min.
  • 55 min.
  • 60 min.

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Posted by Dirck on 15 September, 2016


Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 12 September
  • 13 September
  • 14 September
  • 15 September
  • First draft of “Rearranging the Deck Chairs”.
  • Not more than three sentences from the end of it.
  • Second draft of “Deck Chairs” after finishing the first.†
  • Second draft proceeds.
  • Four manuscript pages.*
  • Five pages
  • 551 words typed.
  • 804 words typed.
  • 45 min.
  • 45 min.
  • 50 min.
  • 50 min.

* A bad night thanks to migraine means I’m amazed I got that much accomplished.  Dull of intellect am I of this Monday.

† I was right about it needing three sentences, and not even big ones.  But, like the door of a house, however little mass of the whole it represents, you can’t say “That’s done!” until it’s in place.

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Posted by Dirck on 8 September, 2016

Oh, before we get going– new story up on my other enterprise.  I’d say “get it while it’s hot!” but that implies it won’t be good later.  It will be.

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 5 September
  • 6 September
  • 7 September
  • 8 September
  • Ironing some kinks out of a Pilot MYU’s point.*
  • First draft of “Rearranging the Deck Chairs” and the climax is imminent.
  • …and now I’m right in the middle of it!
  • Much labour!
  • Six manuscript pages.
  • Six pages.
  • Seven pages.
  • All day.
  • 40 min.
  • 45 min.
  • 50 min.

* Yes, I am still working on pens.  And thanks to this one, I now have to work up a new page for my site.

** This is the last of that particular packet of cartridges– the campaign to use these things up is producing results!

† I was about to do some very stupid show/explain-the-monster stuff. so three of the previous day’s pages become recycling fodder.  Such is life, eh?

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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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Rooftop Reflections

Posted by Dirck on 23 September, 2013

This past weekend, I returned to the roof of my previous dismay, through the borrowing of a ladder and a fixed avoidance of reading its load rating until the job was done.    The job is done, I find that a 15% overload is within the ladder’s powers, and I surge into the new week in an un-sprained state.

I mention this in part to complete the ladder chapter of my chronicles, but also to set the context for this rather short entry.  I actually like being up on a residential roof– it’s quiet, it’s not too windy, and when the reclining-upon-satisfactory-completion phase of the enterprise it provides firm support.  Restful.  If not for the fact that getting up there is a bit of a struggle and that usually just a prelude to a prolonged and unpleasant task, I’d probably spend more summer hours aloft.

While I was engaged in the disposal of the little thin forest that was establishing itself in my gutters, I was listening to the adventures of the H.P. Podcraft Literary Podcast team in their trip to the NecronomiCon.  As part of this report, they were commenting on some of Lovecraft’s writing but not, as is their usual stock, his intellectual property.  They were talking about the actual artifacts of his waving a pen around over a sheet of paper, some of which they’d had a chance to glimpse at.

Why this struck me is that, in very short form, they repeated some of my (admittedly non-original) contemplation of the connection possible between writer and reader.  It’s not a big deal, but as I sat on the edge of a yawning abyss (fourteen feet!) it was a pleasing little coincidence to cuddle up to.

Today’s pen: Parker Super 21
Today’s ink: Jentle blue-black

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Posted by Dirck on 16 September, 2013

My parents and brother have just returned from a trip to The Old Country, and as is traditional for travellers, they brought back some trinkets the natives gave them in exchange for valuable gold.  The most profound gift brought back was some kind of exotic cold, which my son tried on over the weekend and is letting me borrow today– low-grade, not much mucus, generally quite comfortable as these things go.

They brought me back a bottle of something, too, which I’m to share with my wife.  Long-time readers of this nonsense may be getting excited vicariously now, as they will know that in The Old Country is P.W. Akkerman, and at P.W. Akkerman one finds the most desirable ink bottle in the world (according to some), the amazing two-stage easy-filler:

Its not just a bottle, it's art!

Its not just a bottle, it’s art!

While the bottle is not original to Akkerman (Waterman was using the same arrangement in the 1920s, as was the UK branch of Mabie, Todd, & Co.), it is unique in current production, and certainly something many of us ink-consuming weirdos would like one or a dozen of.  That the ink they contain is reputed to be pretty darned good doesn’t hurt, either.

There is, however, a problem.  Note beneath the name of the company– Den Haag.  There is more than one P.W. Akkerman, one in Den Haag (or, for those who refuse to sound it out, the Hague) and one in Amsterdam.  My family’s travels were based down in Breda, and while Amsterdam is a longer hike than Den Haag, my father has no sisters in the the latter and thus not reason to look in there.  Moreover, as hinted by the “sinds 1910” on the one site and “sinds 1929” on the other, there was some sort of schism; Stephen Brown, regularly appearing Dutch Pen Geek, explained a bit of the history on one of the FPGTV episodes, but the upshot of it is, fancy ink bottles are not to be had in Amsterdam.  This particular grail goes uncadged, which shouldn’t surprise me as my brother’s name is derived from perennial grail runner-up Gawain.

I didn’t, by the way, mention this before they went as a nice thing to get, for the same reason I didn’t mention the rather nice pen-shop in Tilburg, a city I know was passed through several times on this trip.  Why?  Because in a trip composed of my parents, my brother, and his son, adding external demands seemed like a terrible thing to do.  So I didn’t.

My reward, as I mention is a bottle.  Actually, two bottles– one of childhood delight Chocomel, which is profoundly unavailable in Canada, and the other a more persistent solace in the form 750 ml of a of a strong liqueur made by a distiller whose very name sounds like a rite of Bacchus where at least two generations of the expedition wanted to spend an afternoon face-down in the proeflokaal.  I’ll get to Den Haag in my own time, I’m sure.

Today’s pen: Parker Super 21
Today’s ink: Jentle blue-black

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