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Posted by Dirck on 15 April, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 12 April
  • 13 April
  • 14 April
  • 15 April
  • “Willful Murder” (working title)
  • More of that faffing I mentioned last week.
  • 4 manuscript pages.
  • See below.

When vanity-googling some year back, I discovered that I had an entry in the Internet Speculative Fiction Data Base. After being momentarily surprised that there was such a creature, I allowed myself a warm glow of imagined immortality– evidence of my presence which offered to outlast me (modern post-humanist thinking in the utopian spectrum notwithstanding).

Later, I found it had been updated to show my appearance on Pseudopod.

Later still… nothing. No updates. Because it relies on public effort, and is (or was) a little mysterious in how to do entries.

Last week, the ISFDB came up in online conversation, and I decided it was time to take the bull by the figurative horns (unless you are an agile Minoan, avoid doing this literally), and discovered that either it has become easier to add entries since I last looked at it, or I’m substantially more smartlier. Now not quite all of my published work is documented there. Along with a bunch of other folks, because it’s magazines and anthologies. Have a look, if you like, but be warned– there’s a picture of some kind of skunk-ape on the page. Very alarming.

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Posted by Dirck on 8 April, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 5 April
  • 6 April
  • 7 April
  • 8 April
  • “Willful Murder” (working title)
  • Yesterday’s goof.
  • Some faffing of a writerly sort.
  • 4 manuscript pages.
  • Pen Content?!
  • Expanding my online presence slightly, in a way which will only slowly become evident.


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Posted by Dirck on 1 April, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 29 March
  • 30 March
  • 31 March
  • 1 April
  • “Willful Murder” (working title)
  • 7 manuscript pages.

It’s April and I’m a fool, so today’s my day to shine! A whole week of gentle but unstrained new writing! I might attribute it to the change in the weather, but for the shrieking blizzard we had on Tuesday. The change of sunlight’s angle, maybe.

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Cake Time!

Posted by Dirck on 26 March, 2021

I must be quick, since I spent time over at my writing establishment to engage in some horn-blowing– I have a new publication, and to lay a delightful cherry on top, my name is on the cover!


If you want to have a look, I’ll warn you that it’s not a free publication (but it’s very reasonably priced!).

I may cook myself this cake as a way of celebrating…

Today’s pen: Retro 51 Tornado
Today’s ink: Krishna Pakeezah

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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 11 March, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 8 March
  • 9 March
  • 10 March
  • 11 March
  • Repolishing and resubmitting a couple of things.
  • Not getting the Moonman pages on my site finished
  • Nothing as grand as last week’s transformation.
  • See below.

The plan was to get that bit of site updating sorted out today. The reality was the gentle, silent death of our wifi router demanding a run to somewhere a replacement could be got. Fortunately, the amazingly elderly (it’s thirteen years old) Apple Airport the dead router replaced is still able to toss packets about, so Son’s online classes aren’t mysteriously cancelled.

I hope. I left the house before anyone else was up (bar one cat), so I don’t know if Wife has made sense of the hasty scribble I left by way of explanation. Maybe I should check…

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Posted by Dirck on 4 March, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 1 March
  • 2 March
  • 3 March
  • 4 March
  • Consulting on someone else’s creative writing.
  • Reworking the end of “Until Regrets Take the Place of Dreams” following a positive rejection note after short-listing.
  • Three pages, ten thousand suggestions.

This week may not have been the full fires of creation flowing through the grooves of my brain, but it was the closest to that I’ve been in a while. This is encouraging.

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Looking for a Way Out?

Posted by Dirck on 26 February, 2021

As COVID persists and we all get increasingly itchy from being kept in close contact with our loved ones, and as in certain jurisdictions the roll out of vaccine suggests full vaccination sometime in the next decade (there is a reason I call the head of the party currently in charge of my corner of the world Homer Flintstone), we might begin wondering about hobbies with application to real life.

I suppose I should say “Don’t try this at home”

Today’s pen: Retro 51 Tornado
Today’s ink: Krishna Pakeezah

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A Brief Lamentation

Posted by Dirck on 19 August, 2019

A long time ago, I got a new(ish) camera. I went on about it at some length, too, because I was able to take pictures that weren’t hideous, which up to that point was not the wrong word to use.

I mean… you can tell it’s a pen, but otherwise, uck.

Somewhat more recently, I got an actually new, fresh out of the box camera, and not only had it not taken pictures before, it was objectively good. Again, I mentioned it previously, and hinted that I might be switching over to it for site photos.

I did not. Why? Consistency. Let’s have a look at a pair of pictures from that earlier post:

The old Canon

The new Nikon

The new Nikon

They’re both good enough for my purposes, but they’re not the same, even though they were taken with the same lighting in the same place. And that made me not want to make the switch– I’m a lazy bugger, sometimes, and learning how to process the new shots so they’d look like the old was too much trouble. Also, the little table-top camera I use has a little trouble bearing the weight of a real cameral, even if it’s not carrying a mass of film in its guts. So, I carried on until…

Until it was time to show you all my super-cool Apollo commemorative pen. I headed down to the photography grotto, and found the camera wasn’t switching on. So I replaced the batteries. Which didn’t work. And that’s why this picture looks a little odd:

Something I don’t know how to adjust in an iPhone: white balance

It turns out the (nearly) modern phone camera  is pretty good, but getting pictures out of it, into my computer, and then washed and filtered until they’re consistent with the other shots on my site is even more work than dealing with the real camera. Ironically, that whole process would probably be easier if it wasn’t an all-Apple environment, but that’s the bed I now lie in.

Anyway, having finally convinced myself that the little old point’n’shoot is never going to open its eye again, I’m using Gargantua and putting in the slightly increased effort it takes to make it look about as duff as my previous efforts:

You might think I took this two years ago instead of mere days (also– coming soon to a website near me!)

I should be happy, because the pixel count is vastly higher now… although you wouldn’t know it. Rather than reducing image size by about 20% as part of the effort to make all pictures the same visual length, so visitors to the site can compare images side by side for a real sense of the pens’ relative sizes, the new standard needs an 80% reduction. In theory, this will disguise more in the way of scrapes and cat hair, leading to more beautiful pictures.

I will miss that little camera, though.

Today’s pen: Parker 50
Today’s ink: Herbin Bleu Calanque

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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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