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Posted by Dirck on 27 October, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 24 October
  • 25 October
  • 26 October
  • 27 October
  • First draft of “Discoveries in the Wake of the Last Crusade.”
  • I can see the end, but can’t quite reach it…
  • First draft of “Discoveries” concludes, followed by some prep for next month.
  • Second draft commences.
  • Six manuscript pages.
  • Six pages.
  • Three pages.
  • 935 words typed
  • 45 min.
  • 40 min.
  • 25 min.
  • 50 min.

I had been having some trouble settling on the ending for the current project, having three viable but mutually incompatible possibilities.  Happily, I remembered over the weekend that in this brave new technological age of ours, one can have a story with different endings.  That “Choose Your Own Unspeakable Fate” thing I was working on last year (and am slowly putting into second draft, honest) is essentially just a bigger and more complex manifestation of the thing, but I even have a subscription to Sub-Q, a forum specifically intended for “interactive” texts.  Thus, when “Discoveries…” is ready to roll, I know exactly where I’ll be submitting it first.

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The Mezzotint

Posted by Dirck on 21 October, 2016

No, not really, although watching today’s film may put you in mind of that M.R. James story.

Coincidentally, it’s one of those days when “hollow” is rather how I’d prefer my skull.  Wretched migraine!

Today’s pen: Parker 45
Today’s ink: Noodler’s Dumas Tulipe Noire

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Posted by Dirck on 13 October, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 10 October
  • 11 October
  • 12 October
  • 13 October
  • Flan de Café for Thanksgiving* at the wife’s parents.
  • Second draft of “Tale of the One-Handed Engineer.”
  • The exciting climax of “One-Handed Engineer.”
  • And the conclusion.  Done!
  • One recipe makes eight serving
  • 921 words typed.
  • 601 words.
  • Somewhat above 700 words, for a total of 3,240.
  • All day, if one includes presentation
  • 45 min.
  • 40 min.
  • 50 min.

* Yes, we celebrate that in early October here.  Remember that it’s a harvest festival, not a saint’s day.

** The reason we use pens before selling them on– this one has needed several little tweaks to get the tine alignment just so, which little bits of scribbling hadn’t revealed.  Prolonged writing, however… well, I’d have been embarrassed to have sold it earlier.

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Posted by Dirck on 14 August, 2014

WHAT: First draft of “Laundry Day.”

HOW MUCH: Five manuscript pages.

HOW LONG: About 25 min.  (post office trip, and this little time had a quantity of research involved).

Today’s pen: Parker 45
Today’s ink: Herbin Perle Noire

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Hearty Partying in Newhaven

Posted by Dirck on 3 March, 2014

I’ve just sent home a pen from a first-time client, and it had an interesting story to tell.  It was a Parker “51” and the complaint was that it was rather intermittent in its flow and somewhat scratchy.  These are, as the client pointed out, not attributes usually connected with that make, and even less so with the UK-made sub-species.  There’s a few possible causes, all of which are well within my capacities to put right, so I was happy to have a look at it for him.

To assist in following my technicalities (click for bigness)

It didn’t present any gross deformities when it arrived, but when time came to open it up… well, I’ll admit, I was slightly taken aback.  I’d suggested that something that might be behind the problem was a dirty collector.  To avoid ink-cementing, I’d given the pen a darned good cleaning prior to taking it apart, and the collector was rather cleaner than the one in the anatomy photo.  Except for the light purplish material that was stuck between the vanes on the lower third of it.

Huh?

The same stuff was on the connector, above the o-ring that came into use in models later than my dissection subject, and this put me in the picture.  It was a sealant of some kind, not shellac nor the rosin-based stuff one more usually associates with Sheaffers, but something similar in that it could be painted onto the threads just before final assembly.  Whoever had been applying this stuff was using a broad brush indeed.  Happily, it was softer than Lucite and not too serious about adhering, so a few minutes work with little thin bits of brass saw it cleared away.

There were a few other issues with the pen.  The slit was compressed, also a source of flow woe, and also addressed with little thin bits of brass.  The point and feed were out of line with the collector; there are some who say that the factory-approved alignment of these parts isn’t a big deal, but I like to observe it and it’s easily done.  The worst thing about it was that the slit was cut at a slight angle to the axis of the point; this is a big deal only in as much as it affects the size of the pen’s “sweet spot”, and it renders the point a little more open to deformation, but there’s not much to be done about it.

Looking at the list of problems, my initial thought was “Monday morning production.”  I refine that thought, though.  Not only Monday morning, but one following a rather boisterous weekend.  Crapulence is given form, as it were, and the pen is made to suffer someone else’s hangover for decades.  Poor thing.  Hopefully the veil has parted for it, and it can get on with being a rather good pen without having to squint and mutter.

Today’s pen: Parker 45
Today’s ink: Private Reserve Supershow Blue

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Posted by Dirck on 24 February, 2014

WHAT:  First draft of short story “E.Z. Notes” (working title).

HOW MUCH: Three pages of manuscript, of which two survive a moment of shuddering realization of utter tripe.

HOW LONG: About 40 min.

DONE?: No, although I really should just wrap it the hell up.  The urge to put in curlicues just makes the tripe-detector start honking.

Tday’s pen: Parker 45
Today’s ink: Private Reserve Supershow Blue

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Back to work

Posted by Dirck on 19 February, 2014

WHAT:  First draft of short story “Old 237” (working title), then first draft of short story “E.Z. Notes” (working title).

HOW MUCH: Five pages of manuscript, 3½ being the new project.

HOW LONG: About 40 min.; the new project has rather been yelling at me to get on paper.

DONE?: Some translating of “Old 237” still wants doing, but otherwise it’s ready for the next stage.

Tday’s pen: Parker 45
Today’s ink: Private Reserve Supershow Blue

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Hidden Shame

Posted by Dirck on 25 July, 2013

Searching through this extended exercise will find plenty of instances of both Hubris and Irony.  I fear the former, since the comeuppance is generally quite rough, and the latter has rather worn out her welcome.  Apparently, though, yesterday’s entry was the rolling out of a welcome mat for both of them, although it’s not what they wiped their shoes on.

I had an item of work which Regular Job Superior had to initial.  RJS is sometimes elusive, and I couldn’t count on her having a pen to hand when she appeared.  Yesterday’s pen seems robust enough, but it’s relatively old and I don’t know it well enough to know how it would stand up to a non-fountain person; thus, the Hero 616 bait pen I keep on hand went into a pocket.  My shirt yesterday has a superfluous pocket above the main, meant for stowing glasses, and to ensure I came out with the right pen that’s where the Hero went; I know my own powers of Klutzy well enough to know that if they were adjacent, I’d produce the Pelikan, and didn’t feel like looking like a pen-fixated twit through swapping after the fact.

It is, of course, known at The Regular Job, that I am a pen-fixated twit, but there’s no need to emphasize the point with Jerry Lewis style flailing.

A couple of hours later, I cornered RJS in her office, she provided the initials with the instruments she was holding, and that was that.  I returned to my desk, went about my duties, and about an hour later, thought that I should return the 616 to its lurking place before I forgot about it completely and took it home.  I took hold of the clip, began to slide it out of my pocket, and realized it was suspiciously light.

Things I learned about the Hero 616 that previous inspection hadn’t really brought forth:

  • The cap doesn’t grab on nearly as well as anything Parker made of a similar shape (bad);
  • It doesn’t dry out if the cap is about 50% engaged (should be good, but isn’t);
  • The collector doesn’t hold anything like as much as that in a Parker 51 (should be bad, but isn’t).

The pen had dropped well down into the pocket, and while it had remained upright it had the entire contents of its collector to donate to the fabric it now found itself in contact with.  This should have been a disaster, except that the peculiar multiplicity of upper-left quadrant pockets put and unusual number of layers between the pen and the viewing public.  Ink passed from the outermost layer of the interior pocket to the innermost layer of the normally-present pocket, with a great deal of lateral creeping in both cases.  The presence of a note-pad in the standard pocket limited contact between its inner and outer portions, even though it was below the source of ink, so only a little vestigial stain got onto the outermost element.  That happened on the back of the turn-over at the pocket’s top– a hem, in effect, three layers of cloth wide.  The ink didn’t have sufficient drive to push all the way through to the outside.

In a sideways manner, one could call me lucky at the outcome.

Other things I learned from the event:

  • It might not kill me to offer someone a ballpoint– I can touch it without either using it or bursting into flames;
  • Amodex has limits of effectiveness;
  • I am apt to harbour a grudge towards the Hero 616 for a while;
  • I can overcome a grudge against an inanimate object sufficiently to keep it where I can see it.  It’s right there!  I’m pointing at it, the dog!

On the Amodex note, I don’t mean to decry its usefulness.  While the innermost stain remains in place, it’s reduced to a slightly bluish tan, and the little stain just inside the pocket is abolished outright.  It’s just that there was a lot of ink involved.

Today’s pen: Parker 45
Today’s ink: Jentle blue-black

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Culture Shocking

Posted by Dirck on 19 July, 2013

In a reply to a comment about last week’s film, I mentioned Yokai Monsters.  As off my usual path as Japanese monster/samurai movies are (unless it’s October), I thought it only fair to show a trailer for one of those.  Watch at your peril!

For those who want to really get beaten up by this stuff, some industrious creature has put the whole of that movie up for public consumption, and neither Youtube nor the current copyright holders have gotten rid of it… as of this posting.

Today’s pen: Parker 45
Today’s ink: Jentle blue-black

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Words I Usually Like

Posted by Dirck on 11 July, 2013

Grand.  Apart from a slang connection to yesterday’s chest-thumping, it’s got the associations of magnificence and bigness in a positive sense.  What’s not to like?

Toy.  It was only Monday that I mentioned Lego, and one of the great things about having a son is the way his interests feed my childish elements to a marvelous extent.  Of course I like toys.

Stick them together, though… and I start to find fault.  The Regular Job’s office supplies are provided, in the main, by Grand & Toy.  While I was away on vacation, we appear to have had a new shipment of paper for the printers.  Once we regaled upon “premium copy paper” which was… about as good as one might expect from semi-generic bulk paper.  Now, though, we have “premium laser recycled” and while it doesn’t say so directly, I assume from my examination of it that it is also paper and not finely-ground disused lasers.

On paper (ho ho!), the new stuff is superior.  96gsm as opposed to the old 92 (that’s 24lb v. 20, for the imperial thinkers), and a whiteness of 96 rather than 92.  Those four points of difference are extremely apparent, too, which leads me to think that like decibels and richters the whiteness scale isn’t precisely linear.  It is also a very smooth paper to the touch; not quite slick, but with perceptibly less friction upon the fingertips than the old stuff.

However, from the point of view of probably only one person here at The Regular Job, it’s a degradation from the previous paper.  It’s far more given to feathering, and allows a substantial degree of show-through and bleed-through when exposed to fountain pens.  I’m going to add pictures to prove my point, but the other big discovery of the past 24 hours is that the scanner of The Regular Job is either much better or worse than my home item– it strives to conceal the bleed-through.  I’m going to take my samples home and edit in new evidentary images later, but for now I will presume upon your imagination to make up for what these pictures don’t quite show. {the editing of photos has been done, after an amazement of delays; enjoy the authentic evidence, and relax the fibres of your imagination}

New and improved image of new and degraded paper (now with clever insert!)

New and improved image of new and degraded paper (now with clever insert!)

For your convenience; the stuff you wrote on the other side of the paper.  No need to flip back!

For your convenience; the stuff you wrote on the other side of the paper. No need to flip back!

The conclusion, of course, is to not make a journal from Grand & Toy premium recycled laser (ptew!).  Or, really, do anything with it other than cram it in a toner-based printer and carry on making a mockery of the notion of the modern paperless office.  I manage to get through about 300 sheets of the stuff each day, and I’m not even one of the major users.

Today’s pen: Parker 45
Today’s ink (also not agreeing with the new paper): Jentle blue-black

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