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Posted by Dirck on 16 March, 2017

This Week’s Pens Inks How Much Novel Written
  • First draft surges onward: 29 manuscript pages!

†Why yes, I do have two pens with the same ink on the go, which is outside my usual practice.  I put the TM in battery last week for an evening’s writing workshop, and I’ve decided to write it empty rather than flush it.  This also puts more Sheaffers into rotation at once than is usual, but as I’ve no one in a position to chastise me effectively for policy breaches who isn’t me, I don’t think I’ll get in much trouble out of it.

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Posted by Dirck on 9 March, 2017

This Week’s Pens Inks How Much Novel Written
  •  Finished up the second draft of “Lots of Land and The Open Sky Above” at a little over 4700 words… and I’m contemplating a title change… which puts me back onto the novel: only 12 pages done, but they’ve got some momentum to them.  The break was useful to the novel as well as the shortie.

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A Disputable Premise

Posted by Dirck on 3 March, 2017

This is a charming little film, and although it rests on a shaky foundation, I thought the tone of it is just what the current age calls for.

I know at least four households that defy the notion of cats and dogs not living together well.  And that’s not counting The Simpsons.

An aside– I published a little something on my fiction front just now, for those who care about such things.

Today’s pen: Parker 51
Today’s ink: Herbin Vert Empire

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Posted by Dirck on 16 February, 2017

This Week’s Pens Inks How Much Novel Written
  •  only five manuscript pages, but seventeen for that Victoria-era thing.  Progress, I calls it!

I’ll also remind everyone to have a look at the previous entry if for no other reason than to rush to the end of it and give your input on the matter of the Challenger challenge which challenges me.  There has been some response there, but not quite what the pollsters would call statistically significant (although the unanimity to date is pretty suggestive).

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Posted by Dirck on 9 February, 2017

This Week’s Pens Inks How Much Novel Written
  •  17 manuscript pages, plus a whopping three pages for a story aimed at that anthology of Victoria-era weird tales I think I mentioned, which closes in mid-April (that’s painfully close).

Some of my scribbling time has been eaten up this week in getting research details in hand for that short story, which I haven’t been quite able to convince myself to not bother with. Fool!  Don’t I know how few hours of productive writing I can count on in a week?  The novel must be done this year, not next!

While I’m diverting myself from the effort on the novel, I’ll also mention that coming up… sometime this month, I’m going to go old-school with a look at a slightly wicked pen repair and a call for input as to what should be done with a blameless orphan pen that has come into my care.  As usual, it’s a lack of pictures that makes these things not happen yet.

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A Musical Interlude

Posted by Dirck on 11 March, 2016

By the way, yesterday’s noise sounds a little like complaint.  I suppose I would have preferred the revelations to have come a little earlier, but in all honesty the sensation I have this week is one of the world opening its secrets too me and offering me comfort.  I would be very pleased for this sort of feeling to become the standard.

Today’s happy pen: Parker 51
Today’s contented ink: Diamine Marine

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Posted by Dirck on 3 March, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 29 February
  • 1 March
  • 2 March
  • 3 March
  • Second draft of  “The Mermaid’s Husband”.
  • Second drafting like a lion!
  • A little reworking of “The Blue Room”, then persisting with “The Mermaid’s Husband”.
  • Crossed the finish line– time to go to the pits and get my fingers changed for fresh ones.
  • 909 words.
  • 1,384 words.
  • 1,049 words on the latter… maybe 200 on the former.
  • Total of 7,206 words.
  • 45 min.
  • 55 min.
  • 50 min.
  • 55 min.

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How to be Content in Marriage: An Example

Posted by Dirck on 1 March, 2016

Last night, just after supper, I took my son’s boots to the basement to apply some commercial rubbery shoe sealant to them, because they were developing cracks between sole and upper, and it’s too damn late in the season to go and buy a new pair that absolutely won’t fit next October.  This is done in the basement, because the volatile compounds of the sealant agitate my wife’s asthma.  Since I make a trip into the basement each morning to do the day’s initial examination of the internet, it would be no big deal to bring the by-then stench-free boots up with me and set them, as will a good Japanese host, ready for my son to slip into and step out the door for his school day.

Unfortunately, I had Mr. Migraine yelling in my ears (or, in truth, eyes) this morning, and forgot all about that plan until about five and a half hours after son’s school departure time.

At this point, I called to apologize to my wife.  She dismissed this as unnecessary.  She had, shortly before departure time, found a thing that needed to be taken downstairs and put right beside the place the boots sat; there was no real effect on the course of her day from my error, and she told me as much.

And there’s your happy marriage in action.  Mistakes admitted and dismissed as trivial.  I think I’ve mentioned in the past that the extent of our “fights” is generally along the lines of “No, you take the remote.  I don’t want it,” and today’s event is a branch of the same root that produces those set-tos.  We do not strive for mastery over the other.  We each treat the other as an equal partner in the household.

What I find amazing is that this strikes some people as remarkable.

Today’s pen: Parker 51
Today’s ink: Diamine Marine (which is really the wife’s ink, but she doesn’t mind it I use some)

PS– since I’m making noise now, I won’t wait until the Thursday progress report to mention that there’s a new story on the fiction front.  My wife, who is somewhat biased, says it’s her favourite thing there thus far.

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Shake That Tail!

Posted by Dirck on 26 February, 2016

We all have things we don’t do because we think fate has closed the door to us– I’m too short for professional basketball, I’m too tall to be an astronaut, I’m too thin, fat, pale, dark, polydactyl and on and on and on.  Well, here’s someone who didn’t say “I’m too extinct and carnivorous to dance ballet.”

An inspiration for us all.

Today’s pen: Parker 51
Today’s ink: Diamine Marine

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Posted by Dirck on 18 February, 2016

In addition to the final item below, I’ve also run out the a new release on my fiction portal today.  How’s that for efficient use of time?

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 15 February
  • 17 February
  • 18 February
  • First draft of  “The Mermaid’s Husband”.
  • Ditto.
  • More splashing about.
  • Six manuscript pages.
  • Six pages again.
  • Eight pages.
  • 35 min.
  • 50 min.
  • 50 min.

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