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Posted by Dirck on 13 May, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 10 May
  • 11 May
  • 12 May
  • 13 May
  • A story best thought of as carb cleaner for my writing engine.
  • A probably over-ambitious edit on “Legion of Candles”.
  • Nine pages!
  • Needs to be under 5000 by month end, currently… 6008. *gulp*

Yes, indeed; production! I won’t tempt fate by proclaiming myself cured, especially with a story I don’t expect to ever see the light of day, but there’s a glimmer of optimism to be seen.

†You won’t actually find this on the linked page (yet) but… I mean, it’s black ink. One is very like another.

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Posted by Dirck on 6 May, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 3 May
  • 4 May
  • 5 May
  • 6 May
  • A very little work on the website
  • Most of the stuff I’ve been saying I’d update.

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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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Posted by Dirck on 8 April, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 5 April
  • 6 April
  • 7 April
  • 8 April
  • “Willful Murder” (working title)
  • Yesterday’s goof.
  • Some faffing of a writerly sort.
  • 4 manuscript pages.
  • Pen Content?!
  • Expanding my online presence slightly, in a way which will only slowly become evident.

 

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Regarding Fuel Economy

Posted by Dirck on 7 April, 2021

When I took up the pen for today, I had to think hard about when it entered rotation.

…and I couldn’t remember without looking. The answer is the second week of January. This is a ridiculous length of time for a pen to be in the flight-line. Even more ridiculous is this:

It’s not half-full– the angle of the photo somewhat exaggerates the amount of ink left. It’s roughly one-third full, after three months of use. The Pelikan M600 that joined the in-use bunch in March only just made it through last night’s journal entry.

Why the difference? Well, the most obvious one is that the Pelikan carries just over half as much ink as the 487. The less obvious, looking at the pictures, is that the 487 has a fine point which is only just wet enough for enjoyable use while the M600 has a big fat wet point which claims to be medium but refuses to step onto a scale.

Basically, I’m comparing a Mercedes 600SEL to a Prius with drop-tanks. Of course it’s taking longer to empty.

The “this thing is still in use” sensation started a couple of weeks ago, to be honest, and I’ve been suppressing it by looking at the vast amount of ink still in place. Today, though, I started thinking about pen hygiene. Sure, it’s possible to use a pen for years without changing to another (part of the glory of fountain pens, that) but you should give them a cleaning every third or fourth fill– which is to say, roughly every month or so.

So far, this is only a theoretical issue. There’s no beard of fungus clinging to the feed. The ink remains a liquid rather than a gel that never quite dries (this is a big hint, by the way; if you’re smearing the page an hour after writing, clean that pen!). However, I think I’ll probably send the pen to the showers this weekend, before the theoretical turns vexingly practical.

I may also tip the ink out of that Moonman sooner rather than later. It’s an equally parsimonious point and a bigger reservoir.

Today’s extreme-endurance pen: PenBBS 487
Today’s huge column of ink: Herbin Lie de Thé

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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 25 March, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 22 March
  • 23 March
  • 24 March
  • 25 March
  • Forward movement on the pen site, at least.
  • Enough for getting on.

 

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Posted by Dirck on 18 March, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 15 March
  • 16 March
  • 17 March
  • 18 March
  • Still blocked.
  • Damn it.

The Pilot appears to be turning into my standard St. Patrick’s Day pen. I used it this time because I wanted a broad point to show off the glimmer in the ink. In this, I was disappointed– there’s no sign of any metallic element in anything I wrote that day. I hope the wee folk weren’t offended.

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Posted by Dirck on 11 March, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 8 March
  • 9 March
  • 10 March
  • 11 March
  • Repolishing and resubmitting a couple of things.
  • Not getting the Moonman pages on my site finished
  • Nothing as grand as last week’s transformation.
  • See below.

The plan was to get that bit of site updating sorted out today. The reality was the gentle, silent death of our wifi router demanding a run to somewhere a replacement could be got. Fortunately, the amazingly elderly (it’s thirteen years old) Apple Airport the dead router replaced is still able to toss packets about, so Son’s online classes aren’t mysteriously cancelled.

I hope. I left the house before anyone else was up (bar one cat), so I don’t know if Wife has made sense of the hasty scribble I left by way of explanation. Maybe I should check…

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