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Ambition and Folly

Posted by Dirck on 21 April, 2017

A couple of months ago, this spot was occupied by some deeply strange cartoons.  Here’s another by the same hand, which we might also call a parable for our time.

It’s not often you see H. Bosch and P. Max influencing the same work.

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Craftsman TD
Today’s ink: Quink Black

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Posted by Dirck on 20 April, 2017

This Week’s Pens Inks How Much Novel Written
  • 19 manuscript pages

Another lost Monday, alas, this time to a phone-call which ran long over the start of my lunch break.  By the time I had basic sustenance down me, there wasn’t time to get the machinery churning properly on the novel.  As petty revenge for this, I filled free moments in the rest of the afternoon doing some preliminary world-building for a future story with a (relatively) hard SF setting– I now know just how big my ship is, and how quickly it rotates to provide 1G on the main working deck and Mars-equivalent gravity in the recreation area.  Idle brains are the Devil’s plaything, after all.

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Smart Guys Use Fountain Pens

Posted by Dirck on 14 April, 2017

I don’t know about you, but I find myself with a day off today; some sort of religious observation, I think. In anticipation of people looking in here needing more than the usual amount of diversion, I’ve got a longer than usual Friday film. It’s newer, too, so the contest that’s mentioned is something you could actually pursue (if you hurry!).

Anyway, enough introduction; here’s an interview with a man who is in many ways an excellent role model.

“I love me some flexible nibs.” Fine words to live by, gang, although I’m not so opposed to a firm point as he.

Today’s pen: Jinhao 159
Today’s ink: Quink Black

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Posted by Dirck on 13 April, 2017

This Week’s Pens Inks How Much Novel Written
  • 17 manuscript pages

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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Arbitrary Odometer Reading

Posted by Dirck on 30 December, 2016

I’m actually lounging at home right now.  However, since we do like to have end-of-year wrap-ups, I’ll offer the following:

  • I still quite like fountain pens, even if I’m not so overt and vocal about it as once I was;
  • I can use inks other than Diamine any time I want, really, it’s totally under control;
  • I do not at all like knee-displacing, but apparently am pretty good at recovering from it;
  • This has been a pretty good year for my creative aspect, as revealed by the stats at close of play yesterday:


Some will point out that these numbers fall well short of the novel I mean to have done in rather less than a year… and I have also noticed that.  However, nearly 190 of those first draft pages are the novel in question, and the completed word-count was done between spasms of first-draft writing.  It’ll be fine, I’m sure.  Oh, I should add to the year’s roster of accomplishments, in the light of the fact that I keep track of stats like that– I’ve avoided involuntary commitment again for the whole year!  What lunatic could wish for more?

Since it is also Friday, here’s a film which has zero connection whatever to the changing of the calendar.  It does, however, suggest a human urge to leave time-resistant artifacts.

Today’s pen: Jinhao 159
Today’s ink: Quink Black

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Friction Fit

Posted by Dirck on 8 April, 2016

I would be comfortable betting that most of the people who look in here are fans of craftsmanship in its general meaning.  With that in mind, here’s a little bit of pornography which is entirely safe for work.  Heck, you could share it with your kids and no prude in the world would say “boo” about it.

Isn’t that astonishing?

Today’s pen: Cross Century II
Today’s ink: Quink Black

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Posted by Dirck on 31 March, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 28 March
  • 29 March
  •  30 March
  •  31 March
  • Second draft of  “The Loss of Deep Waters”.
  • First draft of “Exciting New Designer Jeans”.
  • Third Draft of “The Mermaid’s Husband”.
  • Third Draft of “Wilden Klausen” (title amended after consulting German people)
  • Done at 2,631 words.
  • Two manuscript pages.
  • Down to 7,111 words.
  • Only one darling killed, and a whole month before the deadline!
  • 45 min.
  • 35 min.
  • 45 min.
  • 35 min.

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Cracking On

Posted by Dirck on 9 October, 2014

I suspect that some of the followers of this screed (and… gosh, there’s a surprising number of you) occasionally have a thought pass through your head which runs along these lines: “I miss the old days when this guy would ramble incoherently about pens.”  Well, today we return, however briefly to the old school, as “The Healing Power of Crystals” is done, at a vexing 3,013 words.  I suppose I could edit it for a perfectly round 3,000, but that sounds like work.

Last weekend I finished a repair on an Imperial VI which made me very happy.  It was sent along by the original purchaser, who had in mind getting it back in service to give to his grandson, and apart from two little items, there was nothing it needed but fresh sac and seals.  Those little items?  Let’s have a look:


The big deal was a crack, about two centimeters long (say 3/4″ for those who swing that way).  Actually, it was sort of a proto-crack, as it wasn’t letting pressure out, but it still wanted attention.  Thus, I had a run at it with solvent welding.  The results were cosmetically imperfect but physically secure.  The other item was a bent clip, which was the sort of bend that could be dealt with in situ.  The results?

Sheaffer R253

Now, the lesson here is to beware online images.  The clip is fixed, as you see it.  The cosmetically imperfect crack, though… well, the point of this picture was to show a capped Imperial IV of a different colour on my site rather than to display my powers of repair.  The image has been… retouched.

In other news, the TWSBI 540 I have is now a decorative item.  In the course of cleaning it, the piston jammed (and I need to consult the fora to see if anyone has has lubrication failure from Diamine Syrah use, because that shouldn’t have happened).  The piston mechanism drove itself backwards as a result, and the consequence is a dirty great crack in the tail of the barrel.


I should start using the new camera for this stuff. It has image stabilization.

I am currently pondering whether or not I make TWSBI formally aware of this development.  I was considering the purchase of a 580 anyway, and I don’t want to presume upon the company’s remarkably liberal customer service policies for what my moral element suggests is personal gain.  Opinions are welcome, but may not be acted upon.  I’m not going to attempt to fix it myself, as I lack the right stuff to work with polycarbonate; awareness of limitations is my strongest power.

Oh, there’s some very exciting news to appear publicly at the start of next week, which is pen-related and is also extremely personally satisfying.  Stand by, followers!

…at which point Stan Lee would shout “Excelsior!”  That’s his thing, though.

Today’s pen: Parker 50
Today’s ink: Quink black

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That Most Wonderful Season

Posted by Dirck on 3 October, 2014

I think anyone who has been reading this work for a while will realize that I am no fan of winter– more of a cowering subject of winter, I suppose.  However, the descent into the tyrant’s cruel reign has a small sop.



Stand by for stuff of varying creepiness over the next few Fridays.  We start with a couple of Lugosi-connected oddities (because the first one is pretty short); a home-made trailer for the 1931 Dracula, a dance video contrived with scenes from 1932’s White Zombie.  What adds to them is this lurking background question… what lunacy would prompt such works?

Today’s non-thematic pen: Parker 50
Today’s marginally-thematic ink: Quink black

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Posted by Dirck on 30 September, 2014

WHAT: Second draft of “The Blue Room”.

HOW MUCH: 861 words.

HOW LONG: 40 min.

Today’s Pen: Parker 50
Today’s ink: Quink black

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