Posts Tagged ‘Pilot’
Posted by Dirck on 13 April, 2017
The paucity of output this week is down to Monday being too taken up with agony to be creative. You may remember a really dumb thing I reported doing to my leg about four months ago. Well, I managed to do almost the same thing without the assistance of ice on Sunday evening, simply through inattention; I stepped too long for the last step in a flight, and then down I went. The damage isn’t as bad this time (although I really should have a medical professional opine upon how things stand with my inner rigging), but it was sore enough on Monday to make creativity in anything other than self-directed terms of abuse fly right out the window.
And to avoid leaving people up in the air about important things: the pen I had in my pocket at the time is completely unscathed.
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Posted by Dirck on 6 April, 2017
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Posted by Dirck on 30 March, 2017
†I think I actually brushed up against writer’s block this week! I found the strands of the novel had gotten out of their bundle and would not be gathered for almost half of Monday’s session. I’m sure there are some writers in the world that would like to skin me very slowly for having dealt with the problem after only about twenty unproductive minutes, but I am pleased that I found a cure (this time, at least) in thinking very carefully about the sequence of events in the as-yet-unwritten chapters.
Also– this happened this week:
I am pretty pleased about that, especially given that I took almost a month off it to work on something else. I can now pretend that I’m on the downhill part of the expedition, rather than the bit where a sensible climber is breaking out the oxygen cylinders.
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Posted by Dirck on 29 March, 2017
I thought I’d share a little craft project I did the other day– I made a blotter.
Someone at Regular Job has a stamp with outdated information on it, and wondered if there was any protocol for disposal. “Nope!” said I, having zero notion if there were or not. “Leave it with me, I’ve got a use for it.” I rooted around my desk for some promotional coasters which I have absolutely no idea why Regular Job ordered (we’re nothing to do with beverages at any level), and with a little bit of amendment of both…
…and I’ve got a nice little blotter which I will almost never use. Here it is with the rest of my archaic desk accessories of the moment:
Not shown: the stapler that little bronze Buddha keeps reminding me not to throw at people
The other thing I’ve been filling small moments of my workdays with, segments between actual duties too short for a nap, is writing up some notes regarding my thoughts on some pen manufacturers. As I mention on the page in question, these are even more subjective appreciations than the profiles on my site (yes, that is actually possible). I probably won’t get beyond a half-dozen or so entries; if I don’t have strong feelings, it’s hardly worth the effort of typing. As with everything else here, it’s only interesting for a very specific value of the word “interesting”, but chances are if you’re reading this at all, you accept that value.
Today’s pen: Sheaffer Valiant TM
Today’s ink: Jentle blue-black
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Posted by Dirck on 23 March, 2017
†I took Monday off work so my wife and I could have a nice St. Valentine’s Day lunch at one of our favourite local restaurants. If the lateness of that observation troubles you (external forces at work; if we could have swung it, it would have been on or near the right date), then take it was our celebration of the arrival of the vernal equinox. The part of the day I would have been writing in was otherwise engaged.
Also, today’s output was seven pages, despite yesterday afternoon’s tacit admission by the provincial government that they have indeed mismanaged the economy into a dark, glowing sulfurous hole, and thus will be eliminating as much as they can in the new budget of things that make life here tolerable (seriously; 100% reduction of funding for urban libraries). That I didn’t just spend my whole lunch hour shrieking obscenities in the direction of the Legislature is a testament to my work ethic.
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Posted by Dirck on 16 March, 2017
†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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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
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Posted by Dirck on 4 November, 2016
It’s fountain pen day! Huzzah! Rather than just a single video, I’m offering a whole heap of them, plus some cheesecake shots of pens you may well have already seen from me. Well… you get to see them again, because it’s FOUNTAIN PEN DAY! Let’s start with a look at who won the random draw to be the Pen of Fountain Pen Day in my life:
Oh, stop whining. NONE of us get the day off.
It beat out the Arte Italiana, the Targa 1005, and the Souverän M600 in a fair fight refereed by Random.Org. Here’s some photos of the lovely runners-up, provided by their publicist (me):
Honorable mentions to… well, almost every other pen I own. Now, on with the celebrations:
A poster from 1937
Enough of this, though– the true observance of the day is taking your pen out and giving it a good long write! Go and get some in on a page!
Today’s pen (who is going to have lots of fun, really): Parker 75
Today’s ink: Herbin Poussière de Lune
*Hallowe’en owns the top of the podium, but second place is contested by today, Christmas, and various family birthdays.
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Posted by Dirck on 27 October, 2016
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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