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Posted by Dirck on 27 August, 2020

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 24 August
  • 25 August
  • 26 August
  • 27 August
  • First draft of “Hobb’s Landing”.
  • 656 words typed.

I think another problem I’m having, vis a vis output, is that I’m not doing my usual first draft routine of long-handing it. The difference in which parts of the brain are engaged in the physical act of scribbling versus key-tapping does seem to incline toward the former for an easy flow of creativity. At least for me.

What makes this worrisome is that I’ve just got news of an anthology opening for submissions that this story would rest in very nicely. I must, to slightly bowdlerize Chuck Wendig, art harder.

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Posted by Dirck on 20 August, 2020

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 17 August
  • 18 August
  • 19 August
  • 20 August
  • First draft of “Hobb’s Landing”.
  • 731 words typed.

Not huge accomplishment, but a flow. I’m starting to wonder if shaving my beard off (in the interests of better mask/head interface) has mystically affected my writing powers.

†It hadn’t occurred to me that I was putting these inks into the same rotation when I filled the Lamy. Having now written some things beside stuff from yesterday, I’m more convinced than ever that people who are lamenting Montblanc’s discontinuation of that ink should take comfort from the Diamine offering. At least in fine points, it’s difficult to tell the difference until your nose is on the paper.

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Posted by Dirck on 13 August, 2020

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 10 August
  • 11 August
  • 12 August
  • 13 August
  • First draft of “Hobb’s Landing”.
  • Yesterday’s entry

 

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Posted by Dirck on 19 July, 2018

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 18 July
  • 19 July
  • 20 July
  • 21 July
  • Second draft of “Until Regrets Take the Place of Dreams”
  • 2,826 words typed, and that’s done.

Also, just a small note which I want to leave a future me in case he’s feeling blue– I got a rejection today which, while still a rejection, contained an expression of interest in other stories; it was simply the tone/specific theme of the story that drew the rejection, while the writing was good enough to intrigue. It’s a small thing, but it’s buoyant and worth clinging to.

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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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