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Poppy Wearing Once More

Posted by Dirck on 9 November, 2018

This Sunday is 11 November, which is another day one should keep in their heart the whole year through.

No bracketing cleverness. It’s not that sort of event.

Today’s pen: Pelikan M600
Today’s ink: Edelstein Olivine

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Posted by Dirck on 8 November, 2018

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 5 November
  • 6 November
  • 7 November
  • 8 November
  • Second draft of “Palmer’s Folly”
  • Third draft of “Palmer’s Folly”†
  • Third draft of “Kick a Cat…”
  • 465 typed words.
  • Additions and removals, which stuffed in a further 348 words.
  • Rounding of high points, filling of gaps.

†This story has really been dodging me, and I’m not convinced it’s done– while it’s now in a state that others can see it, and it produces more or less the effect I was after, but I was struck last night as sleep descended with a much more betterer approach to the whole damn narrative. This one in its current form and “Kick a Cat…” may have been mere experiments of writing, destined to lie on a shelf forever (unless I become famous, in which case they might disappoint readers of a posthumous anthology).

‡I’m not given to saying this, but I’m really not enjoying my time with this pen– it and my hand don’t work well together. I won’t condemn the model as objectively bad, since it’s doing pretty much everything a pen ought, but I think I’m going to retire it from my lineup. I have, fortunately, other pens I may resort to.

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Posted by Dirck on 1 November, 2018

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 29 October
  • 30 October
  • 31 October
  • 1 November
  • Second draft of “Palmer’s Folly”
  • 2,019 typed words.

A merry NaNoWriMo to all those who intent to expose themselves to that particular source of stress this year. I will pursue my usual policy of continuing to write through the month at my own pace, but to those who think they can manage a novel in four weeks, I offer a hearty bonne chance!

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How’d You Like Them (Hallowe’en) Apples

Posted by Dirck on 26 October, 2018

I’ve mentioned before that the National Film Board was one of the underpinnings of my whole idea for the Friday Found Film. This new release is delightfully in keeping with the season.  Alas, WordPress won’t have the embedded code the NFB graciously provides, so all I can offer is a link under an enticing(?) image.

For those who like a longer audio version of their Hallowe’en creeps,  the story appears over on Pseudopod.

Today’s pen: Pelikan 120 (possibly eternal)
Today’s ink: Pelikan Brilliant Brown (drawn at intervals from a sleeping vessel)

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Posted by Dirck on 25 October, 2018

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 22 October
  • 23 October
  • 24 October
  • 25 October
  • Second draft of “Palmer’s Folly”
  • 2,052 typed words.

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Thematic

Posted by Dirck on 19 October, 2018

I am, at least as far as my weekly pen choices go, still riding high on the effects of the Pelikan Hub (and not, despite the yawning gulf of three whole days of legalization in Canada, any cannabis products). Here’s a video which shows the virtues of some older Pelikans, even if what is said about them is slightly obscure.

I think, if I’m remembering the Hub correctly, I handled a 120 of the pre-Merz & Krell sort which had previously been owned by this chap. Which is neither here nor there on the pen’s virtues– it’s more of a “small world” observation.

Today’s pen: Pelikan M600
Today’s ink: Edelstein Olivine (part of the pelf from the Hub, and for which I must finish a profile page for before too much more time goes by)

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Posted by Dirck on 18 October, 2018

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 15 October
  • 16 October
  • 17 October
  • 18 October
  • First draft of “Johnson’s Folly.”
  • Second draft, now “Palmer’s Folly”
  •  18 manuscript pages.
  • 846 typed words.

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Kindred Spirit

Posted by Dirck on 12 October, 2018

While I usually laugh at the bizarre results of social media’s algorithms, I do find them non-noxious for the most part; I have yet to have neo-Nazi propaganda offered to me, for example. And this week, for a wonder, Youtube actually coughed up something I found delightful. I hope you will, too, because I suspect to a lot of normal people with different interests than mine, it might be tedious.

I will say (as a guy who fishes around the insides of fountain pens for personal entertainment) that this is some very fiddly work which I know I’m not patient enough to undertake.

Today’s pen: Pelikan New Classic
Today’s ink: Pelikan Black

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Posted by Dirck on 11 October, 2018

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 8 October
  • 9 October
  • 10 October
  • 11 October
  • First draft of “Johnson’s Folly.”
  • 17 manuscript pages.

Contrary to usual policy, I’m being specific about what was done on the holiday Monday, which was Thanksgiving here in Canada and thus an actual lounging-around type of day. It’s… possible… that the installment of the writing was done on Sunday, while sitting in the stands at son’s gymnastics class (which, now that I think on it, is where the initial work of my “serious phase” of writing began).

Alas, I lost a day this week to a variety of family health issues– running the cat into the vet, and taking over as the Collector of Son from School office which my mother-in-law has been filling while we wait for my wife’s leg to be see to… because my father-in-law was told to come to a neighbouring city to get a new kidney. Alas, kidney proved non-viable when it and he got into the same place, so it was an excursion to no benefit.

The cat, because I know everyone is vitally interested, has been experiencing Horner’s Syndrome thanks to an ear infection. The ear infection is cleared up, but the eye is still somewhat occluded (doesn’t worry the vet) and his balance is off (worries the vet); we may, if we’re interested, spend half a month’s income on having his head scanned. I’m hoping he’ll improve without imagine, so this decision is being extemporized. We’ve already spent vast sums this month on plumbing and other unexpected unavoidables.

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Birthday Fun Extension

Posted by Dirck on 5 October, 2018

I mentioned Buster Keaton’s birthday was yesterday.  Well, here’s what someone with more resources than I produced to mark it:

Today’s pen: Pelikan M30
Today’s ink: Diamine Bilberry

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