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Who Needs a Hug?

Posted by Dirck on 23 April, 2021

No big messages today. Just something to assist in relaxing* at the end of a trying week.

*Experience may improve with beer, liquor or some surprisingly (yet not shockingly) expensive chocolate which is perfectly legal in Canada.

Today’s pen: Parker 65
Today’s ink: Herbin Poussière de Lune

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Posted by Dirck on 15 April, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 12 April
  • 13 April
  • 14 April
  • 15 April
  • “Willful Murder” (working title)
  • More of that faffing I mentioned last week.
  • 4 manuscript pages.
  • See below.

When vanity-googling some year back, I discovered that I had an entry in the Internet Speculative Fiction Data Base. After being momentarily surprised that there was such a creature, I allowed myself a warm glow of imagined immortality– evidence of my presence which offered to outlast me (modern post-humanist thinking in the utopian spectrum notwithstanding).

Later, I found it had been updated to show my appearance on Pseudopod.

Later still… nothing. No updates. Because it relies on public effort, and is (or was) a little mysterious in how to do entries.

Last week, the ISFDB came up in online conversation, and I decided it was time to take the bull by the figurative horns (unless you are an agile Minoan, avoid doing this literally), and discovered that either it has become easier to add entries since I last looked at it, or I’m substantially more smartlier. Now not quite all of my published work is documented there. Along with a bunch of other folks, because it’s magazines and anthologies. Have a look, if you like, but be warned– there’s a picture of some kind of skunk-ape on the page. Very alarming.

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Going for a Spin

Posted by Dirck on 9 April, 2021

Here’s a frustratingly suggestive technology. Although it’s mainly a “how to fabricate an aluminum cone” video.

Frustratingly suggestive? Sure– consider the possible uses (an air conditioning compressor that runs on heat!?) and then look around the web for physicists explaining why it won’t quite work.

Today’s pen: Parker 65
Today’s ink: Herbin Poussière de Lune

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Posted by Dirck on 1 April, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 29 March
  • 30 March
  • 31 March
  • 1 April
  • “Willful Murder” (working title)
  • 7 manuscript pages.

It’s April and I’m a fool, so today’s my day to shine! A whole week of gentle but unstrained new writing! I might attribute it to the change in the weather, but for the shrieking blizzard we had on Tuesday. The change of sunlight’s angle, maybe.

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Making Good

Posted by Dirck on 6 March, 2020

This has not been a stellar week, to be honest, although I’m pleased on the writing front. A co-worker has suddenly decided that retirement now is preferable to retirement with a full pension, causing much disruption in the daytime. I managed to actually get ink on my fingers when filling a pen, a thing I’ve managed to avoid (leaving the TWSBI Go out of it) for at least ten years. My sleep has been interrupted by terrible dreams– not like this one, which is fine, but a bleak exercise in cleaning a bed soiled by an infirm grandparent might be worse because there’s nothing in it to shock a guy awake. My computer, approaching its eleventh anniversary, is beginning to fail at last, a development which is definitely affecting updates of my site and a lot of other stuff I want to accomplish.

And yet, not only is there the writing to cling to, but I stumbled upon a delightful series of comedic shorts which (combined with Magic Brain Pills) has kept me well out of despondency. Here’s a couple of them!

Get in there before the copyright strikes start landing!

Today’s pen (also being contrary, to confirm the week): Parker 65
Today’s ink (which declines to emerge freely): Quink Turquiose (vintage)

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Posted by Dirck on 18 April, 2019

 

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 15 April
  • 16 April
  • 17 April
  • 18 April
  • A sudden and possibly hasty reaction to the day’s events
  • Third draft of “Curse of the Dragon”
  • Second draft of “Doting Mother Cradles Her Wayward Child”
  • See previous entry.
  • Finished, at 5,755 words.
  • 1,629 typed words.

I completely fumbled last weekend’s potential for writing, and thus did not manage the Monday deadline for “Curse of the Dragon.” Not a big deal; it won’t go moldy waiting for the next submission window, and I’ll be able to give it the proper post-completion examinations it wouldn’t have gotten had I pushed it through.

This is not quite as silver-lining flavoured as the news of how intact Notre Dame has remained, but it affects me more directly.

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Posted by Dirck on 11 April, 2019

 

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 8 April
  • 9 April
  • 10 April
  • 11 April
  • Third draft of “Curse of the Dragon”
  • 3409 typed words (and boy, are my arms tired).

I… might… make that Monday deadline for this story. Last week’s worries about sufficiency of editing remain strong, though.

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Posted by Dirck on 4 April, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 1 April
  • 2 April
  • 3 April
  • 4 April
  • Second Draft of “Tiger on my Back”.
  • First draft of “Doting Mother Cradles Her Wayward Child”
  • Third draft of “Curse of the Dragon”
  • 2532 words and ready for eyes other than mine.
  • 3 manuscript pages, and also done.
  • 1201 typed words.

Wait, third draft? Yeah. I was on the verge of poking “Curse” at some readers when I had an uncomfortable vision of the much better story it could be, once I almost completely re-wrote it. Sigh. What makes this problematic is that the first place I’d like to send it when it’s ready closes submissions in eleven days. This is going to call from some hard graft on my part, and I may have to submit it without the usual safety net of another reader or two point out glaring stupidities.

Uncomfortable thought. You see all the glaring tyops and and double words that show up in this ongoing document; that’s fine (more or less), because I don’t expect anyone to pay me for this stuff. Something I hope to get paid professional rates (cue harp glissando) for should be, if not polished, at least without sharp corners for editors to tear their imaginations on.

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Posted by Dirck on 28 March, 2019

 

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 25 March
  • 26 March
  • 27 March
  • 28 March
  • First Draft of “Tiger on my Back” finished
  • Second draft of “A Duty of Upkeep is Owed to Your Neighbours”
  • First draft of “Doting Mother Cradles Her Wayward Child”
  • Another 609 words.
  • 510 typed words, and we’ll call it done as well.
  • 18 manuscript pages.

Yes, I’m back to handwritten drafting, and loving it. Thanks to a power outage yesterday as well as the return of a co-worker from vacation, The Regular Job is pressing upon me a little less viciously, I got a ton of work on the new story. Very gratifying, and horribly suggestive of what’s possible if I… um… abandon my sole source of sufficient income.

Y’know, phrased like that, some of the appeal goes out of it.

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Posted by Dirck on 16 August, 2018

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 13 August
  • 14 August
  • 15 August
  • 16 August
  • Second Draft of the choose-your-own project.†
  • Second draft of “A Legion of Candles.”
  • About 1,700 words typed.
  • 2,106 words typed.

 

For those who don’t look in at my fictional enterprise, or notice the slowly changing links to it over in the side-bar– I sold a story! Two years ago! And now it’s been published! I hasten to add that the delay was due to the work of some sinister outside forces who committed an outrage upon the publication; the publication are not to blame for it, and I’m glad they’re back even leaving aside that they have brought forth my story as part of that return.

†Well, I was an industrious lad over the weekend, wasn’t I? Part of this is down to the record-setting heat of last weekend; at 41F, I’m pleased to find a reason to be in the basement.

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