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Appropriately Named (if somewhat overblown)

Posted by Dirck on 25 April, 2013

I’m in an uncommon haze of joy.  My little issue mentioned on Monday with the fiction submission, followed by some very kind advice, has culminated in an email including the words, “We are happy that you resubmitted.”

This is, of course, not acceptance of the tiny little stories in question, but a simple indication of willingness to glance at them.  Still, that’s a lot closer to published than anything of a non-website nature I’ve managed since a small article in a gaming magazine a generation ago, and as far as fiction I’ve never had anything in a position to direct some cash my way.  I dance my manic victory dance to celebrate the potential of nearly $24 (or less), not because it’s a vast fortune, but because it shows my inner cynic that I am not a wholly inert spectator beside this path.  I am, however slowly, travelling along it.

My congratulatory gift from the world at large was the safe arrival of one of the very few pens I’ve bid on this year.  Intact, and costing coincidentally close to the payday that may eventuate from the stories, a Sheaffer with a name which suggests rather forcefully a happy conclusion to the review process– Imperial Triumph.  All I need is Vercingetorix chained up behind my chariot, and I’ll look the way I feel.

I’ll add a picture of it here, as it’s a rare confection of a pen, when its guts aren’t all abroad on my work-desk (when drunk on glee, refitting a Touchdown mechanism is possible; I don’t urge it when other sorts of drunk are active).  For the moment, I’ll offer a link to a page which hints at the glory of it.

Updated the next day:

Pretty nice, that.

Pretty nice, that.

Today’s pen: Parker VS (which I take at the moment to stand for “Victory!  Success!”)
Today’s ink: Pelikan Brilliant Brown

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Colour Out of Mind

Posted by Dirck on 16 April, 2013

Well, I got my little project  from yesterday finished, and somewhat oversold it in the bargain (no cures for dread maladies here), and I can think about other things again.  What I’m thinking about currently, in the persistently monochrome setting we’ve got around here (the very very little melting we’ve enjoyed has revealed the brown drifts of road sand applied in great lashing since early November), is colour.

This contemplation harks back to the recently announced Edison Pens 2013 LE Morgan.  I’m not given to LE envy, so despite the general charms of Edison’s products (I’ve had a couple under my hands) this isn’t something I would normal consider at any length.  However, in stumbling past this notice, I found my eye caught in a very nearly literal way, by one of the examples:

Sizzlin' hot!

Sizzlin’ hot!

It’s not unattractive, but it isn’t a pattern that I instantly associate with the concept of “pen”.  My own powers of association are, however, somewhat reactive, so once I saw this thingI started thinking of other unlikely colours for pens.  I got…

…which are all, when one thinks about it, rather unlikely.  There is this to be said for them, though– they’re all festive enough.  I comprehend the decorative element in them. Looking at some other colours that pens have emerged in, though, I do a little head scratching.

Sheaffer’s 1950s pastel blue, for example, is fairly uninspiring. It is a colour, at least…

…while grey is sort of by definition a non-colour.

Having frequently spouted off about the capacity for personal expression which pens represent, I’m not going to do anything other than scratch my head over those.  To say (outside a fairly specific fictional setting) “That’s a funny colour” is to instantly invoke subjectivity.  I don’t have anything profound to wrap this up with, or at least nothing more profound than a vague gesture in the direction of the diversity of human opinion regarding what’s attractive, and the capacity of humans to throw stuff together in the pursuit of making things that are attractive.  We’re a funny old bunch.

Today’s pen, in an appealing dark blue: Parker VS
Today’s ink, which few in their right mind would use: Pelikan Brilliant Brown

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Alcohol Ink

Posted by Dirck on 24 March, 2011

For a change, I’m not doing a bit of clever word play which combines my enjoyment of fountain pens and liquour.  These are, make no mistake, things I do enjoy, but apart from the odd (extra-)incoherent letter I try to keep these two aspects of my life well separated.

My wife is working at expanding her jewellry-making by creating some of the stuff she slings on necklaces and ear-rings herself rather than buying it.  In this pursuit, she has stumbled upon alcohol ink as a means of adding colour to certain plastics and ceramics.  This stumbling initially took the form of slide-long mentionings of the stuff without any real explanation– the authors of what she was reading apparently assumed that if you were looking at their stuff you already have the context necessary.  She asked me, reasonably enough, if I had any.

My response:  “Wh….uh?  That’s a thing now?”

Apparently so, and after a bit of research we both now know what it is.  My only reason for commenting on it is that it’s got the word “ink” in it, which makes me interested, and “alcohol” which gives me concern.  I’ve mentioned in other places, and perhaps even in back-issues here, that alcohol is rather bad for your fountain pen.  It can dissolve internal parts and afflict finishes.  I mention it here so I can mention that you should not use it in your fountain pen, despite the fact that some of the commercial preparations (which I do not endorse, having never used it) have really nice looking colours.

As a concluding non sequitur, I’m going to mention a site I’ve just spotted today– The Impossible Project is a group producing film for the old Polaroid cameras, with the stated intention of preventing the necessary disposal through uselessness of as many as 300,000,000 otherwise functional cameras.  Given my own love of keeping “obsolete” techology functional, I can but applaud them, even though I have no more use for their film than I do for alcohol ink.

Today’s alcohol-free pen: Parker VS
Today’s non-intoxicating ink: Noodler’s La Couleur Royale

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Winning Stupid

Posted by Dirck on 22 March, 2011

I promised a funny story, but I did not promise it would be uproariously funny.  If I follow the “Ha-Ha” vs. “Ho-ho” school of thought, it is possibly “Ho…” funny, but more likely “Oh.”  I was getting myself ready for the week, pen wise, by looking at the big Roster of Unused Pens.  After working out the choices for the week, I then attended to the actual needs of the day.

Picture if you will, a vast inverted ziggurat of composed of tiny objects, held together with sticky notes all reading DON’T FORGET THIS (MONDAY!).  By a nearly superhuman effort, I got all of the things I needed to remember out the door with me.

Except my pen, which I had put down after filling.

Can you imagine?  A guy like me, leaving his pen behind?  Merely neglecting it?  I don’t even have last week’s excuse of painful influenza.  I am deeply worried about my neurotransmitters.

The result was a day of using the Hero 616, a pen I keep on my desk at The Regular Job to offer passers-by who ask to borrow a pen; if they break it, I’m out a couple of dollars, and if they like it, I’m not too worried about giving it away.  I have never used this pen for such a long time, and contrary to my usual behaviour (see yesterday’s entry), I am not going to complain about it.  It is a very cheap pen, but with that taken into account it is a perfectly acceptable item.  At no point did I stop short and contemplate the pen’s performance, good, poor, or otherwise.  But for this odd lapse of mine, I would not have applied myself to this very humble pen for so very long.

This is one of those times that finding oneself triumphant in victory or despondent in defeat is purely a matter of perception.  I could have spend the past… (looks down)… 285 words complaining about being cast upon a miserable lesser pen, but instead I choose to call it a win in being reminded that a cheap pen (cheeeeeeaaap!) made with a little attention can be nice enough.The irony of that discovery coming on the same day I spread so much vitriol about a crappy cheap pen is delicious, is it not?

It’s a lesson that should carry over into other parts of the day, too.  Many of our defeats and discomfitures are so only because we choose to treat them that way, and we’d be a much happier bunch if we could see the up-side, like the little old Japanese woman I heard interviewed who said of the recent earthquake that it was, radiation issue aside, not as bad as the war– fewer people killed, and over a good deal quicker.  Not an easy attitude to foster, but it makes for less moaning.

Yesterday’s pen, as should have been:  Parker VS
Yesterday’s ink, but for my error: Noodler’s La Couleur Royale

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