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Posted by Dirck on 8 August, 2019

 

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 5 August
  • 6 August
  • 7 August
  • 8 August
  • Pulling weeds because it was a holiday.
  • Second draft of “Those Whom Ambition Calls”
  • Third draft of “Feel My Pain”
  • Enough to get overheated and cranky about.
  • 542 typed words (some of which did not want to come out).
  • Removed a couple of paragraphs, to land at 1799 words.

 

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Posted by Dirck on 25 July, 2019

 

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 22 July
  • 23 July
  • 24 July
  • 25 July
  • Second draft of “Those Whom Ambition Calls”
  • Third Draft of “Found On Roadside Dead.”
  • 1,746 typed words.
  • Ducks firmly in order… and then I find the place I’d meant to submit closed days earlier than expected. Alas.

 

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Fifty Year Footprint

Posted by Dirck on 20 July, 2019

I bet you all thought I’d missed it yesterday. But no!

Well, sort of. IT was in a transitional state yesterday, and I was also concerned because I had hoped something would make contact here that would allow me an observation of the auspicious day in my own particular idiom… which as of yesterday’s post, had not appeared, leading to being somewhat downcast.

But then…

Is that an enormous launch vehicle in your pocket…?

Yes, I went and got a pen specific to the day. The same model as I was using yesterday, but definitely thematic to today. It’s got a limited edition number! It also cost… what I will be paid, eventually, for a story recently accepted. This is not a wise item of conduct, I admit, but some of the purchase is going into the coffers of the Astronaut Scholarships Foundation. This doesn’t particularly help hopeful young spacefarers of my own nation, and yet I’m content. A rising tide floats all interplanetary craft, right?

FOOTPRINT!

Anyway, happy anniversary to humanity stepping on a different sphere. I’m sure you’ve all had enough of me rambling when the real party is well underway. Go frolic in the vicarious achievement!

Today’s pen: Apollo 11 (after a fashion)
Today’s ink: Private Reserve Supershow Blue (because what more spectacular show than a trip to the moon?)

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Posted by Dirck on 13 November, 2014

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 11 November
  • 12 November
  • 13 November
  • Quiet reflection, including a little about the corner I’ve painted myself into in “And Then the Screaming Started.”
  • Some bleak staring at the comments on “The Healing Power of Crystals” and then research for settings in “The Dutch Walk.”
  • First draft of “The Dutch Walk”; painting into corners and difficult comments will not be allowed to become writers’ block.
  • Nothing external
  • Much the same (boo!)
  • 10 manuscript pages
  • All day
  • 45 min.
  • 55 min.

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Posted by Dirck on 23 October, 2014

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
22 Oct.

 

23 Oct.

First draft, “The Third Act”

 

The same, now completed.

14 pages

 

11 pages

50 min.

 

About 45 min.

Waterman Crusader

 

Pelikan M600

Private Reserve Supershow Blue

 

Herbin Bleu Myosotis

Is this more tolerable, d’you think? As I said on Tuesday, I can’t give up entirely on the idea of external oversight, as tedious as that is for the draftee overseers, but it won’t come up more than once a week.

…and I still get to mention all the week’s pens in public.  The internet is nothing if not the panderer to strange pleasures, and it turns out that’s one of mine.

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Posted by Dirck on 16 October, 2014

WHAT: First draft of “Funeral Notice.”

HOW MUCH: Seven manuscript pages (but VERY high quality).

HOW LONG: About 50 min.

Today’s pen: Waterman Crusader
Today’s ink: Private Reserve Supershow Blue

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Posted by Dirck on 6 May, 2014

WHAT: First draft of short story  “Yard Light” (working title); “Friendly Island” is giving me some guff, and I’m trying to work out if it is being stately or merely meandering, so in a drawer it goes until I’m feeling better about it.

HOW MUCH: 4 pages of manuscript (in a more sensibly-sized book, and with long breaks working out a location in much more detail than I needed).

HOW LONG: About 45 min.

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Targa
Today’s ink: Private Reserve Supershow Blue

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Posted by Dirck on 29 April, 2014

WHAT: First draft of short story “Friendly Island” (working title).

HOW MUCH: 8 pages of manuscript.

HOW LONG: About 45 min.

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Targa
Today’s ink: Private Reserve Supershow Blue

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Hearty Partying in Newhaven

Posted by Dirck on 3 March, 2014

I’ve just sent home a pen from a first-time client, and it had an interesting story to tell.  It was a Parker “51” and the complaint was that it was rather intermittent in its flow and somewhat scratchy.  These are, as the client pointed out, not attributes usually connected with that make, and even less so with the UK-made sub-species.  There’s a few possible causes, all of which are well within my capacities to put right, so I was happy to have a look at it for him.

To assist in following my technicalities (click for bigness)

It didn’t present any gross deformities when it arrived, but when time came to open it up… well, I’ll admit, I was slightly taken aback.  I’d suggested that something that might be behind the problem was a dirty collector.  To avoid ink-cementing, I’d given the pen a darned good cleaning prior to taking it apart, and the collector was rather cleaner than the one in the anatomy photo.  Except for the light purplish material that was stuck between the vanes on the lower third of it.

Huh?

The same stuff was on the connector, above the o-ring that came into use in models later than my dissection subject, and this put me in the picture.  It was a sealant of some kind, not shellac nor the rosin-based stuff one more usually associates with Sheaffers, but something similar in that it could be painted onto the threads just before final assembly.  Whoever had been applying this stuff was using a broad brush indeed.  Happily, it was softer than Lucite and not too serious about adhering, so a few minutes work with little thin bits of brass saw it cleared away.

There were a few other issues with the pen.  The slit was compressed, also a source of flow woe, and also addressed with little thin bits of brass.  The point and feed were out of line with the collector; there are some who say that the factory-approved alignment of these parts isn’t a big deal, but I like to observe it and it’s easily done.  The worst thing about it was that the slit was cut at a slight angle to the axis of the point; this is a big deal only in as much as it affects the size of the pen’s “sweet spot”, and it renders the point a little more open to deformation, but there’s not much to be done about it.

Looking at the list of problems, my initial thought was “Monday morning production.”  I refine that thought, though.  Not only Monday morning, but one following a rather boisterous weekend.  Crapulence is given form, as it were, and the pen is made to suffer someone else’s hangover for decades.  Poor thing.  Hopefully the veil has parted for it, and it can get on with being a rather good pen without having to squint and mutter.

Today’s pen: Parker 45
Today’s ink: Private Reserve Supershow Blue

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Posted by Dirck on 24 February, 2014

WHAT:  First draft of short story “E.Z. Notes” (working title).

HOW MUCH: Three pages of manuscript, of which two survive a moment of shuddering realization of utter tripe.

HOW LONG: About 40 min.

DONE?: No, although I really should just wrap it the hell up.  The urge to put in curlicues just makes the tripe-detector start honking.

Tday’s pen: Parker 45
Today’s ink: Private Reserve Supershow Blue

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