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Posted by Dirck on 30 December, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 13 December
  • 14 December
  • 15 December
  • 16 December
  • Drove to work
  • The same
  • Taxi to work, ride from brother which included picking up a charge-pack.
  • Drove to work
  • -28C
  • -30C
  • -32C
  • -31C

I’ve given myself license to lounge, writing-wise, until the new year when I shall spring into action like a crowd of Harryhausen skeletons. Dealing with the still-air temperatures this week is enough creativity.

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Posted by Dirck on 16 December, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 20 December
  • 21 December
  • 22 December
  • 23 December
  • Making some adjustments to “The Lambdon Wager” to render it more submittable.
  • More preliminary work for that stupid idea I mentioned last week.
  • Submitted!
  • Appropriately tiny progess.

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Posted by Dirck on 9 December, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 6 December
  • 7 December
  • 8 December
  • 9 December
  • Opening a campaign which will culminate in a Kickstarter campaign… and ideally somewhat thereafter a short story collection.
  • The journey of ten thousand stadia begins with a few hesitant and uncertain steps. And what could be sweat or tears. Hard to tell.

If anyone out there is shouting “What the hell are you thinking?!” they may rest assured that I can’t hear them over the screeching of my own internal critics. Updates as they develop… which given the careful approach to this unknown country I’m adopting, will probably not begin until Mid-January.

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Posted by Dirck on 2 December, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 29 November
  • 30 November
  • 1 December
  • 2 December
  • “Hobb’s Landing”.
  • Birthday Off! ‡
  • Fixing stuff from the previous day. ³
  • Just too damn tired.
  • Squeezing words from a stone.
  • A mighty lounge!
  • [Another Homer Simpson noise of remembered trauma]
  • Get more sleep, dummy.

† It’s my birthday and I’ll use the same pen as the previous day if I want to.
‡ I have never taken my birthday off prior to this year. I recommend it, to be honest, if it doesn’t make life too miserable for co-workers. There is, however, still a price to be paid…
³ Never be The Indispensable Man. I’m not, really, anymore but I’m still not easily replaced despite writing and polishing instruction manuals for the past couple of years.
¤ The Skrip is NOS, just opened on the day of pen-filling, but isn’t quite contemporary to the pen; it’s got the red label from the last days of the dip-well bottles. The Quink, on the other hand, is possibly slightly older than the pen but definitely from the same rough era of manufacturing and also unopened until I got my mitts on it. I don’t know how this happens.

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Posted by Dirck on 25 November, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 22 November
  • 23 November
  • 24 November
  • 26 November
  • “Hobb’s Landing”.
  • Preliminary Christmas Shopping
  • Squeezing words from a stone.
  • [Homer Simpson noise of remembered trauma]

I’ve just realized that a couple of my published stories are past their exclusivity dates and in anthologies that are not easily accessed online. Stand by for action on the other site!

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Hooray for the Day!

Posted by Dirck on 5 November, 2021

First Friday in November means Fountain Pen Day! As is my tradition on this festive day, I’m just going to throw up some chances to ogle pens.

I cannot say I recommend the last video as a model for good handwriting technique, but if he’s happy I’m not going to say he needs to amend his ways. I’m no paragon of all virtues.

Today’s pen: Pelikan 140 (because I always try to use a favourite on FPD)
Today’s ink: Pelikan Blue-black (because it has been a loooooong time since I put this ink in this pen, and I quite like it, too)

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Posted by Dirck on 20 May, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 17 May
  • 18 May
  • 19 May
  • 20 May
  • The decreasingly over-ambitious edit on “Legion of Candles”.
  • 16 of 19 pages covered in red ink, so almost ready to hit the keyboard.

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Onions Making Me Cry

Posted by Dirck on 7 May, 2021

This is overstating the matter (CLICKBAIT!), but I am definitely inclining lachrymose because of onions. Well… onionskin, which has nothing to do with actual onions.

If Alexander the Great can weep because he has run out of world to conquer, I’m allowed to get misty for lack of an item of stationery.

I can cure my sadness more easily than the Macedonian wanderer, and I probably will order one before too much time goes past.

I won’t urge you to also get one, but if you haven’t experienced onionskin… you’re missing a treat. Among my early memories is finding a small supply of onionskin in my father’s home office supplies, and being amazed at it. It’s neat stuff.

Today’s pen: Pelikan 140
Today’s ink: Monteverde Malibu Blue†

† I’ve had this ink so long that I forgot I hadn’t done a sample of it while I was doing samples last week. Yet more work!

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Posted by Dirck on 29 April, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 26 April
  • 27 April
  • 28 April
  • 29 April
  • “Willful Murder” (working title).
  • Something I’ll present tomorrow
  • 4 manuscript pages (again?!).
  • Simultaneously more and less effort that you’d think.
  • TWSBI Blue
  • Monteverde Malibu Blue†
  • Diamine Honey Burst†
  • Diamine Writer’s Blood†

† So, clearly I didn’t get any updates on the site on the weekend. I got distracted by the possibilities of…

OK, it’s a little circuitous. My wife acts, and since the provincial government chased film production out of the province a few years ago, she’s been concentrating on the stage. This outlet to her creativity was somewhat stifled by the current plague, since live theatre is exactly the sort of thing the phrase “super-spreader” was invented for.

The theatre has decided to push on with the new season, though, and my wife has been cast in a leading role. How this? They’re presenting Sorry, Wrong Number in its original format– a radio play. I will, of course, offer a link when the play goes public; the “no public gatherings” command has been turned into a disadvantage, as local theatre goes online and global.

I’ve been on the fence about getting a (somewhat) decent microphone, and this has pushed me over the edge. Our Yeti Snowball arrived this week… but that’s just the catalyst. Since I’m having trouble wringing words out of my head, I’m spreading out into other media.

…and I’ll roll some of that out tomorrow.

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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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