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Posted by Dirck on 16 March, 2017

This Week’s Pens Inks How Much Novel Written
  • First draft surges onward: 29 manuscript pages!

†Why yes, I do have two pens with the same ink on the go, which is outside my usual practice.  I put the TM in battery last week for an evening’s writing workshop, and I’ve decided to write it empty rather than flush it.  This also puts more Sheaffers into rotation at once than is usual, but as I’ve no one in a position to chastise me effectively for policy breaches who isn’t me, I don’t think I’ll get in much trouble out of it.

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And We Watched Uphill! In Blizzards!

Posted by Dirck on 10 March, 2017

This is an excursion into the very depths of my childhood; my grandparents had a TV very much like the one seen here, and since my parents’ funds didn’t stretch to colour television until the early 1970s, we trooped over there to watch the successes of the Apollo program which constitute some of my earliest memories.

I wasn’t allowed to work the remote, except as a special treat, when I would get to turn the set on or off.  From as much as ten feet away.  Magic indeed!

Although… I also had to sit at least that far from it, for fear of the radiation.

Today’s modern marvel: Pilot Vanishing Point
Today’s lifelike colour: Pelikan Violet

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Posted by Dirck on 2 March, 2017

This Week’s Pens Inks How Much Novel Written
  •  9 pages done on this Victorian project, which then got about 2000 words of typed second draft which is totally different from the first and now revels in the title “Lots of Land and The Open Sky Above.”

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Posted by Dirck on 27 October, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 24 October
  • 25 October
  • 26 October
  • 27 October
  • First draft of “Discoveries in the Wake of the Last Crusade.”
  • I can see the end, but can’t quite reach it…
  • First draft of “Discoveries” concludes, followed by some prep for next month.
  • Second draft commences.
  • Six manuscript pages.
  • Six pages.
  • Three pages.
  • 935 words typed
  • 45 min.
  • 40 min.
  • 25 min.
  • 50 min.

I had been having some trouble settling on the ending for the current project, having three viable but mutually incompatible possibilities.  Happily, I remembered over the weekend that in this brave new technological age of ours, one can have a story with different endings.  That “Choose Your Own Unspeakable Fate” thing I was working on last year (and am slowly putting into second draft, honest) is essentially just a bigger and more complex manifestation of the thing, but I even have a subscription to Sub-Q, a forum specifically intended for “interactive” texts.  Thus, when “Discoveries…” is ready to roll, I know exactly where I’ll be submitting it first.

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Posted by Dirck on 20 October, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 17 October
  • 18 October
  • 19 October
  • 20 October
  • First draft of “Discoveries in the Wake of the Last Crusade.”
  • First draft plods along.
  • I’m gettin’ my Clarke on with it.
  • But not today; a task needed doing for my wife.*
  • Seven manuscript pages
  • Five pages
  • Six pages
  • Roughly 6 km driven
  • 50 min.
  • 40 min.
  • 40 min.
  • Enough to be a problem

* Lest you think nothing in the writing line transpired today: a story I sold has been published by they who bought it!  I expound upon this on the other front, but I am… rather pleased.

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Posted by Dirck on 13 October, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 10 October
  • 11 October
  • 12 October
  • 13 October
  • Flan de Café for Thanksgiving* at the wife’s parents.
  • Second draft of “Tale of the One-Handed Engineer.”
  • The exciting climax of “One-Handed Engineer.”
  • And the conclusion.  Done!
  • One recipe makes eight serving
  • 921 words typed.
  • 601 words.
  • Somewhat above 700 words, for a total of 3,240.
  • All day, if one includes presentation
  • 45 min.
  • 40 min.
  • 50 min.

* Yes, we celebrate that in early October here.  Remember that it’s a harvest festival, not a saint’s day.

** The reason we use pens before selling them on– this one has needed several little tweaks to get the tine alignment just so, which little bits of scribbling hadn’t revealed.  Prolonged writing, however… well, I’d have been embarrassed to have sold it earlier.

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Posted by Dirck on 17 March, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 14 March
  • 15 March
  • 16 March
  • 17 March
  • First draft of  “Wildenklausen”.
  • Ditto
  • More first drafting.
  • And that’s all for the first draft.
  • Eight manuscript pages.
  • Six pages.
  • Nine pages.
  • Eight pages.
  • 45 min.
  • 40 min.
  • 50 min.
  • 50 min.

…and as an addition to this “See?  Writing!” nonsense I’m burdening you with–

Stories Submitted This Week: 6 (!)

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The Imbecile Confession

Posted by Dirck on 10 March, 2016

But let’s start with a strangely-configured progress report:

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 7 March
  • 8 March
  • 9 March
  • 10 March
  • Attending to the uncreative aspects…
  • …of creative writing.
  • As above, plus first draft of “Human Endurance”
  • Second draft of “Human Endurance”
 

  • See explanation below
  • Total of 641 words.
  • Two…
  • …solid days of it.
  • 45 min…  of writing.
  • 35 min.

So, what’s all that about, then?  Well, it all started last Sunday, when I went to a writing workshop under the direction of a Hugo-winning Canadian author.  The workshop had nothing at all to do with how to find a market for what one wrote; it was all about how to lay a solid foundation for a novel, based on notions the fellow had developed in the course of writing a lot of SF, but which apply to most genres as well.  Jolly useful information, too, but what developed out of it was what I can only think of as blindness resulting from a curse or a brain lesion fell away.  On Monday, I found I was able to uncover all sorts of paying markets for the sort of stuff that I write.

Had I looked previously?  Indeed so.  Not only that, but I had looked in basically the very same places I investigated on Monday on those previous attempts.  Having made this startling… I will say “discovery” because it was new to me, even though already well inhabited and supporting thriving cultures, I decided to get properly serious about making some submissions to places that offer money for stories.

Money for stories.  Fancy that!  Exactly what I have been trying to discover the alchemical principles for!

There is a substantial element of regret in this discovery, as over on the fiction site I have been rendering some of what I think of as pretty good stories unappealing, because most markets want stuff that hasn’t appeared anywhere previously.  I knew I was doing this, too, but in my earlier innocence, I saw no real alternatives by way of becoming known at all as a writer of fictions.  Had the blindness lifted six months earlier, I would have a lot more shot in my locker.

The way in which I intend to address this startling discovery of the obvious is probably self-destructive too, although hopefully only in the short term.  I’m going to carry on here much as I have done, intermittently becoming the sort of specialized interesting I once was while mainly just letting the world know that I’m plugging away and still rotating my pens.  Over there, I’m going to stop being quite so profligate with my new material, which is where the self-destructive comes in– little flash fictions, such as that one I did up today, will appear in what I intend to be a pretty regular way (long intervals, though) while longer stories will get driven around the markets in search of a paying audience.  Once they have found a paying audience, and served their time of exclusivity, I will then post them on the fiction side of my online world; I will then be able to include an annotation along the lines of “Originally presented in the Fall 2016 edition of A Rather Splendid Periodical that Pays Good Rates to Authors“, which will be ego-boosting for me and hopefully drive some more eyes in their direction(s) so they may continue to pay the creative types.

Once I’ve got as many stories with of those annotations as not, I may begin to feel less like a great blundering infant.  I hope so.  These diapers look ridiculous.

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Posted by Dirck on 3 March, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 29 February
  • 1 March
  • 2 March
  • 3 March
  • Second draft of  “The Mermaid’s Husband”.
  • Second drafting like a lion!
  • A little reworking of “The Blue Room”, then persisting with “The Mermaid’s Husband”.
  • Crossed the finish line– time to go to the pits and get my fingers changed for fresh ones.
  • 909 words.
  • 1,384 words.
  • 1,049 words on the latter… maybe 200 on the former.
  • Total of 7,206 words.
  • 45 min.
  • 55 min.
  • 50 min.
  • 55 min.

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Posted by Dirck on 25 February, 2016

I also managed to get an entry up on the fiction site, which is not fiction.  It’s either explanatory or inflammatory.  Possibly both.

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 22 February
  • 23 February
  • 24 February
  • 25 February
  • First draft of  “The Mermaid’s Husband”.
  • Finished the first draft.
  • And so onto the second draft!
  • Blazing second draft action.
  • Seven manuscript pages.
  • Five page.
  • 660 words typed.
  • 1326 words.
  • 40 min.
  • 35 min.
  • 50 min.
  • 55 min.

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