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Posted by Dirck on 3 July, 2020

As we’re all still under the dark shadow of COVID-19, to a greater or lesser degree, I’m going to add an R to it to celebrate the start of my vacation– the month, you see, has no R in it, so by complicated and slightly insane connections, this works… um… to keep viruses away…?



I am also wearing a damned mask. Poorly developed magical thinking is only one of the approaches I’m taking to staying healthy, and a rather less important one than listening to doctors. The two-week isolation I’m about to undertake is nothing to do with being infected, just tired.

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

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Posted by Dirck on 25 June, 2020


Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 22 June
  • 23 June
  • 24 June
  • 25 June
  • First draft of “Memorial Garden”
  • 4 manuscript pages.

It’s not that I’m unenthusiastic, I’m just tired. Whoever turned the volume knob on Regular Job way over back in May hasn’t put it back yet.

Vacation time impends. Ravelled sleeves quiver in anticipation.

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Inspiring Abba Titles Since 1815

Posted by Dirck on 19 June, 2020

A quick film today, and probably uninteresting to nineteen of every twenty of you who look in here, but I’ve never been able to grip the flow of this event in the various fictional accounts I’ve read, so I found this both diverting and useful.

I suspect it doesn’t apply so well to the version of the event in Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, but that’s OK. Also, I realize the anniversary of the event was yesterday, and for the American element of my audience today has a significance all its own; I didn’t feel qualified to dabble in the latter, and I am in a mood to contemplate the overthrow of a tyrant.

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

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Hat Snatch Fever!

Posted by Dirck on 4 April, 2012

I’m going to work on that project I mentioned yesterday, and more diligently, but I thought I should look in to mention the weather.

It’s windy.

It’s VERY windy.

It’s so windy, my hat came off.  While it is frequently VERY windy here, the combination of fit and friction (I keep my hair in a short, bristly state) usually keeps the hat firmly attached, but today’s swirling gusts defeated both these passive measures and my reflexes.  Despite a moment’s warning as the weight of the fedora lifted from my scalp, I was too slow to arrest the departure.

Happily, the wind took it away from traffic, and it came to rest only a few paces away and on some relatively clean grass.  I was faced with a bit of a dilemma; carry the hat (and look silly), tuck the hat into the bosom of my cardigan (and look silly), or try wearing it in spite of the wind (and look very silly chasing it).

I opted for the third course, as I will generally go for uncertain acute foolishness rather than certain protracted foolishness.  I was rewarded by my hat, which remained in place, even as a great gust scooped a handful of road grit into my windward shoe.  The trick, which I share for the sake of my fellow hat wearers, is to consciously adopt rakish angles so that the brim produces down force.

…and keep one hand free for galvanic grasping gestures.

Today’s windblown pen: Parker Arrow
Today’s spuming ink: Quink Washable Blue (vintage)

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Bye Bye Blues

Posted by Dirck on 2 April, 2012

You know, I very nearly forgot what I had planned for today.  If not for the fact that today’s ink was cheek-to-cheek with the notorious Noodler’s Polar Blue, I might have forgotten the contest I spoke back on the 21th.

Whatever the mnemonic trigger, I have remembered, so here we go.  I passed by Random.Org on my way here today, and because I’m a lazy creature, I just entered a sequential list of numbers.  Here’s what that site did with my list:

There were 5 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

  1. 2
  2. 5
  3. 3
  4. 1
  5. 4

There it is then.  Commentor number two was Andrew, which makes things extremely convenient for both of us; he’s a long-time client, and so I’ve already got his address, saving me having to ask and him having to respond.  I’ll spend some time this evening hollowing out a pillow in which the bottle can lie safely during its hopefully brief transit in the hands of the good people of Canada Post.

If this were a pen, I would at this point be prophesying a near-future entry airing my remorse for having parted with it.  As it’s ink, I’m sure I’ll be able to keep from voicing the sensation, and it will probably take longer to overtake me.  No matter!  I hope the ink suits you, Andrew!

Today’s pen: Parker Arrow
Today’s ink and aide memoire: Quink Washable Blue (vintage)

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