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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 2 April, 2020


Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 30 March
  • 31 March
  • 1 April
  • 2 April
  • Second draft of “In Loco Parentis”.
  • A nap
  • Second draft of “In Loco Parentis”.
  • 297 words typed.
  • Sleave (sic) remains somewhat raveled.
  • 446 more words.

I hadn’t thought the COVID block which many writers are mentioning on Twitter was afflicting me, but it may be. It may also be the extra extra stress of being one of the few still at The Regular Job atop the previously-mentioned extra stress, the latter of which is even stressier at the transition from one month to the next. It’s almost certainly responsible for the torpor which overtook me on Tuesday, and yesterday it quite cut into my writing time.

Hopefully next week will see some lowering of pressure, and I certainly am aware that I’m neither as crushed as anyone in Healthcare, nor anything like as mentally burdened as those who find themselves out of work and weeks away from the various government assistance plans coming into effect… and who aren’t sure if those plans will actually include them.

On that last point– Canadians who are worried about such things should have a look at this chart, in which helpful people have translated from the various levels of government’s official mystical utterances into something which can be understood.


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Posted by Dirck on 26 March, 2020


Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 23 March
  • 24 March
  • 25 March
  • 26 March
  • First draft of “In Loco Parentis”.
  • Adventures in shopping for necessities during a lockdown.
  • A letter I’ve been shamefully neglecting.†
  • 2 manuscript pages
  • No spare probe covers for our Braun aural thermometer, alas.
  • Ready to mail.


† The letter to which I respond arrived just before Christmas. I plead “really a lot of powerful distractions”.

‡ The last time I used this pen (not quite two years ago, I discover with alarm), I also used brown ink. The only rationale for this association I can think of is that brown was big in the ’70s.

I am, by the way, still at work. The Regular Job turns out to count as “essential services”, and I’m apparently essential to it, so I’ll be the last one out before management is made to lock the doors. Let’s all hope it doesn’t come to that.


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Posted by Dirck on 19 March, 2020


Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 16 March
  • 17 March
  • 18 March
  • 19 March
  • First draft of “Morgue Attendance”.
  • Fidgeting about coronavirus, and an attempt to find some yogurt in the picked-over grocery store.
  • First draft of “THINGY”
  • 1 manuscript page, and then some doubts about direction creep in…
  • A stunning success on both fronts; thanks to St. Patrick for the latter!
  • 8 manuscript pages



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Posted by Dirck on 8 September, 2016

Oh, before we get going– new story up on my other enterprise.  I’d say “get it while it’s hot!” but that implies it won’t be good later.  It will be.

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 5 September
  • 6 September
  • 7 September
  • 8 September
  • Ironing some kinks out of a Pilot MYU’s point.*
  • First draft of “Rearranging the Deck Chairs” and the climax is imminent.
  • …and now I’m right in the middle of it!
  • Much labour!
  • Six manuscript pages.
  • Six pages.
  • Seven pages.
  • All day.
  • 40 min.
  • 45 min.
  • 50 min.

* Yes, I am still working on pens.  And thanks to this one, I now have to work up a new page for my site.

** This is the last of that particular packet of cartridges– the campaign to use these things up is producing results!

† I was about to do some very stupid show/explain-the-monster stuff. so three of the previous day’s pages become recycling fodder.  Such is life, eh?

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Posted by Dirck on 1 September, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 29 August
  • 30 August
  • 31 August***
  • 1 September
  • First draft of “Rearranging the Deck Chairs,” after a long think about current projects. *
  • More “Deck Chairs.”
  • First draft of “Deck Chairs” continues.
  • More than I’d expected to get done today!†
  • Three manuscript pages.
  • Five pages**
  • Seven pages.
  • Six pages.
  • 45 min.
  • 45 min.
  • 55 min.
  • 40 min.

* I found the tone of “Considerable Savings of Labour” was wandering from what I wanted, and not in a way that I could say, “Oh, if that’s the way the story wants to run, who is the author to say otherwise?”  The long think was on the theme of how much I would have to strain to get back on track, and the result was to change what I’m at.  Taking a break should derail the unwelcome trend, with the bonus of getting underway on another story that I’m sort of anxious to get down on paper.

** Another hard think before starting, because I actually was jolted out of sleep by a story a couple up the current batting order clamouring for attention.  In the end, I declined to start another story without finishing at least one of those that’s underway– poor policy, yes?– but have made sufficient notes to keep the new fire banked for when it can be blown into a proper inferno.

*** It was a very blustery day, so I went on my lunch walk without my Panama screwed onto my head.  Somehow, I returned without any cries of “Look at the unhatted lunatic!  Save the children!” being raised.

† The unspeakably cheap charger for a small tablet my wife got a couple of years ago became unexpectedly cordless overnight, and part of my writing time was lost to getting a replacement.  Success in the search, and… well, six pages!

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Go Away.

Posted by Dirck on 26 August, 2016

Fridays here are almost always host to a film, which when I began was a conscious effort to replicate the sense of glee felt by school children (at least, those in my generation) when the day’s activities included passive absorption of moving pictures.  Well, today I realized that the terminal guidance phase of back-to-school insertion is underway, and to mark that I’m going to do something a little different.  I’m going to encourage you to leave this site, and go read some comics.

A friend recently showed me this site, and… well, it may be a small virus I appear to be nurturing, but there’s something about the combinations of words and pictures that makes me weepy at the end of just about every comic.  And because it’s the right sort of weeping, the kind that fertilizes the inward sprouts of humanity, I want to share with you.  So, off you go, have a good cry.

Today’s moistened pen: Pilot 78G
Today’s intermittenly-blotted ink: Diamine Midnight

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Silent Night

Posted by Dirck on 23 December, 2011

…and a relatively quiet day, it being a short-entry Friday.  I leave you the choice of a BBC item somewhat too short for real satisfaction on the topic of why Christmas colours are what they are, or a rerun of the silly seasonal thing I wrote a year less a day ago (if Charlie Brown can do it, so can I).

Today’s pens: The pens of the previous two days plus a TWSBI Diamond 540 with a broad point mounted
Today’s inks:  ″ inks ″ ″ ″ ″ ″ and Herbin’s Anniversary Rouge Hematite.  With a wet enough pen and some slightly resistant paper, there’s points where light is selectively absorbed rather than reflected, so it comes across as a red ink with green shading.  Festive!

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Snow on the Roof

Posted by Dirck on 22 December, 2011

There is not, in fact, much in that way around here, either figuratively or literally.  It’s been a strangely warm December, and I continue to ride the wave of a few dignified strands of silver.  However, I am considering today the blessings of being older.

My wife and I have a friend who is about ten years younger than we.  She has spent rather a lot of time lamenting that she has gotten to this point in her life without hitting several of the waypoints she’d laid down on her chart back in her teen years.  As her friends, we gently urge her to accept the notion that the teen version of her was really not equipped for that sort of navigational decision-making.  Looking back at the heaps of crap we’ve endured since we were her age, we try to reassure her that getting older is not such a big deal, or at least won’t be until the creeping symptoms of senescence begin to really manifest themselves.  There are, in fact, some benefits to balance out the slow loss of physical powers that comes along with not dying at an early age.

Age equals experience, experience (should) equal wisdom, or some reasonable facsimile.  The fact of having survived the seemingly insupportable trials of life gives one a certain stability when the next one appears.  The underlying, if sometimes horrifying, truth of “where there’s life, there’s hope” gets incrementally more clear over time.  The insult that might have once have led to a fight is now material for a self-deprecating joke.

The reason I’m thinking about this today is this:  apparently moved by my antique mode of dress and the assertively grey portions of my beard, the girl who rang through my lunchtime purchase (I use “girl” advisedly; so young she was as to be somewhat translucent) gave me a seniors’ discount.  “How,” I wondered as I examined the receipt to discover how I had so radically mis-estimated what the cost would be, “would our dear friend respond to this?”  I suspect she’d explode.

Today’s pen: Pilot 78G
Today’s ink: Diamine Evergreen

post scriptus: By the time I’d sorted the thing out, with my old, slow brain, I was well away from the store, so the excess change went in a charity’s Christmas kettle.  I don’t lose my cool over what might be though an insult (I’m still young and vital, dang gummit!), but I also don’t want to load any more karmic deadfalls than I already have.

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Rousing Henry V Speech Required

Posted by Dirck on 20 December, 2011

I had it pointed out to me last night that we’re not quite done with the seasonal shopping.  Lunch break today sees me heading out to a major toy store.

Very close to Christmas.  Without my armour.  I don’t guarantee you’ll hear from me again.

Today’s pen, definitely not a workable sword-alternative: Pilot 78G
Today’s ink, insufficient in quantity for cephalopod-style defensive squirting: Diamine Evergreen

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