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Bro, Do You Even Art?

Posted by Dirck on 23 July, 2021

This week’s film is neither whimsical nor (specifically) educational. I was somewhat startled by it, given what I had seen from its creator in the past, and I honestly think that watching it improves the soul. Also, as one who occasionally stretches his attempts at craft into the realm of art, I think it’s important to recognize art when it happens.

I parenthesize about education above, because there are lessons to be taken here– something about hidden depths and hidden burdens, both of which we tend to forget exist in pretty much all other humans.

On a side-note: I showed this to my wife last night, and we realized that between the two of us we’re on the same prescriptions as this chap. I don’t think there’s any deep meaning to that…

Today’s pen: Parker Senior Duofold
Today’s ink: Diamine Honey Burst

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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 22 April, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 19 April
  • 20 April
  • 21 April
  • 22 April
  • “Willful Murder” (working title)
  • 4 manuscript pages (like pulling teeth, it is!).

† I am going to try to get a load of updates to the site complete this weekend, because this is getting silly and I really want everyone to see what Writer’s Blood looks like– it’s an amazing dark burgundy. I say “try” because a large chunk of my Saturday is taken up with a meeting of the Sask Writers Guild board meeting.

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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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Posted by Dirck on 4 February, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 1 February
  • 2 February
  • 3 February
  • 4 February
  • Third draft of “Hobb’s Landing”.
  • Responding to an acceptance of “Wanting Depth”.
  • Less than I could have wished.
  • Exultant squealing, recurrent giddiness– the usual.

I know I promised a story last week, but I’ve run out of time today. Tomorrow? Possibly?

Also, as usual, details regarding publication will appear closer to the date of (although I understand that it’s mere weeks away!).

 

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Fun Guy (after some news)

Posted by Dirck on 29 January, 2021

Oops. I didn’t look in yesterday. Let me first repair the oversight.

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 25 January
  • 26 January
  • 27 January
  • 28 January
  • 29 January
  • Nothing
  • Phone-based game
  • Reading a bit
  • Third draft of “Hobb’s Landing”
  • Updating and foolishness.
  • As much as I could find.
  • A full damn hour.
  • Some pages.
  • Three New Paragraphs!
  • What you see here.

I think I’ve cleared my blockage. Next week will prove that one way or another. There’s a story attached to Monday’s pen, which I’ll try to touch on next week.

And now, because I love weird things that make people question their place in the universe, here’s a common mushroom singing.

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I, For One, Welcome Our New Robot Overlords

Posted by Dirck on 15 January, 2021

I have now and again mentioned the inward tug-of-war I feel between the idea of the future that I absorbed during my childhood (the shiny Space Odyssey/Space:1999 future, not the bleak On The Beach/Soylent Green one) and the experience of living in that future. Yes, Star Trek suggested the 21st century was going to be a little rough, but I’m no more rational than average and I will happily pick and choose the nicer bits of prophecy.

Sometimes the gleeful anticipation side of the equation gets a reward. My phone learns a new and useful trick. I get a functional head-up display for my daily driving.

And there’s stuff like this lumbering about.

It’s not lumbering around anywhere near me, but as William Gibson observed there is uneven distribution of the future. And to be honest, if I’m not in it, I’d prefer it wasn’t nearby.

Today’s pen: Parker 180 (which is, itself, very much the shape of Yesterday’s Future)
Today’s ink: Herbin Poussière de Lune

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New Year’s Dissolutions

Posted by Dirck on 8 January, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 4 January
  • 5 January
  • 6 January
  • 7 January
  • 8 January
  • Worrying 
  • Probably more than I need to

I am NOT getting enough sleep. I know this because I decided to pack it in at 10:30 New Year’s Eve, having had roughly 15ml of whisky, and rose at 9:00 the next morning. And then the same for the next two nights. Part of it is the effect of the season on melatonin production, I’m sure, but explaining it doesn’t fix it.

There’s also the regime change happening in the wild and lawless country across our southern border. If you’re reading this in the distant future, run a search for 6 January US Capitol Siege. I don’t imagine you’ll have to specify a year. Between that ongoing blitheration and my province’s thumbless handling of COVID, in both the pre-vaccine and vaccine-newly-made phases, it’s not surprising the slumber is shallow and evasive.

I’ve been mentioning over previous entries that I’m having a bit of trouble with the fiction output, and that’s almost certainly down to all of the above. Apart from going to bed shortly after 8:00 as a new habit (and, ideally, politics at all levels having a sudden, lasting undumbening), I don’t really have a good solution.

My not very good solution is to give next week’s writing periods over to updating my site, as I’ve got some new pens that should be given their place of prominence. My previous approach to updates no longer applies, as the idle time offered by The Regular Job has dwindled to nearly nothing, so this seems a good solution. It’s also going to involve scraping words out of my head, without having to (entirely) invent the world they describe, and hopefully that will prime my pump.

I should, since a year ago I was rattling on about depression, mention that the sleepiness is no more than than. The magic brain pills continue to do their work, and while I may do so with a yawn, I am taking joy from the world. I’m fairly anxious to share last Monday’s pen with the world, because its filling mechanism is ridiculous. I have a pen on the way that entirely ate the payment I got for “Palmer’s Folly” because until I’m getting more than a couple of piece published a year, that money is to allow frivolity in my life.

And that’s it for this week. Nothing spooled up in the film department, but I’m sure my pursuit of frivolity on a tight budget will return that feature to our programming line-up soon.

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