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Stereotyping

Posted by Dirck on 17 March, 2017

Well, yes, it is St. Patrick’s Day, isn’t it, when all of us with a sense of Irish culture want to hide in the basement and slowly absorb the contents of a bottle of Bushmills to keep the pangs of despair at bay.  We know, in our hearts, that the cultural misappropriation machine that passes for culture in North America is causing the scene below to occur in a thousand thousand bars, and never a thought given to the Fianna or Cú Chulainn or the serious unwisdom of invoking a descendant of the Tuatha Dé Danann to flog cereal with little coloured marshmallows in it.

On a side note, I’ve seen Memphis Belle at least five times in my life, and as good as it is, I think it’s caused me to exceed my lifetime exposure allowance to that song.  My liver hurts, and not from the whiskey.

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Imperial Triumph
Today’s ink: Herbin Lie de Thé

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Posted by Dirck on 9 March, 2017

This Week’s Pens Inks How Much Novel Written
  •  Finished up the second draft of “Lots of Land and The Open Sky Above” at a little over 4700 words… and I’m contemplating a title change… which puts me back onto the novel: only 12 pages done, but they’ve got some momentum to them.  The break was useful to the novel as well as the shortie.

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Public Acknowledgements

Posted by Dirck on 8 March, 2017

I have mentioned time and again that this pile of words was born out of a need to distract myself from the perils of eBay.  Since I began it, all those years ago, that need has slipped under the waves– I have found other and more useful distractions in the shape of fiction writing, and have become increasingly alarmed at the ratio of income to demands for payment in my household.  Sometimes, however, a peek into the den of temptation is required, and therein lies today’s story.

In December, I was contacted by a fellow that needed some point-work done on a Parker 75 and a Montblanc 149.  The former has some resistance to dismantling in its fabric, but I know its ways and can overcome it.  The latter, though… to get that apart needs special tools.  However, as coincidence would have it, I had just been reading on the forums about a place for those of us not anointed with the white bird splat of approval to get functional tools.  Where?  An eBay storefront belonging to someone with machining skills.

Here was the impetus as well as the opportunity to order the tool, or rather tools, because they vary with era, and a wrench capable of drawing out the piston mechanism as well.  So I said yes to the fellow with the pens and placed the order on eBay.

…and as of yesterday, I was thinking that I would have to send an apology to the pen-owner for my inability to deal with his pen, as the tools were clearly never going to appear.  “I will,” the inner voice said, “hold off until Friday to send this note.”  Patience and timidity combine, then, to make way for joy– the package with the tools in it arrived today.  It is postmarked for December, so it was definitely sent briskly; apparently this global shipping crisis is affecting the mails as well.  Or, possibly, Canada Customs are giving a parcel of mysteriously-shaped bits of metal a long hard think before passing it through.

The joy is tinted, though, because the window for providing eBay feedback is closed.  So, let me share with you the note I dashed off to the vendor:

I mean it, too, and am making good here on the promise.  They’re as professional a set of tools as you could hope to find, and I’m delirious with glee at the prospect of unsanctioned rummaging in the guts of Montblanc pens.

While I’m at this, I think I should also do my small part to boost the Google results of Custom Pen Parts, since I’m very nearly as happy with the small purchase I recently made from them– my Pelikan 140 is back in circulation thanks to a part they provided, and their PFM fore-seals are really hard to tell from the factory originals.  I don’t doubt the rest of their catalogue is as satisfactory.  I mentioned this a little while ago, but I don’t think I mentioned it vigorously enough.

Are these, a cynic will wonder, paid endorsements?  Not at all.  Any money connected to this contented burbling has moved away from me; I feel I’m repaid in quality goods, but the fact that I’m saying it out loud is perfectly non-commercial.  I’m not uninterested, but I am the dictionary definition of disinterested… except to the extent that it serves my own interests to see their enterprises flourish.  Quality tools and parts for elderly pens?  YES, PLEASE!

Today’s elderly pen: Sheaffer Imperial Triumph
Today’s quality modern insert: Herbin Lie de Thé

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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 23 February, 2017

This Week’s Pens Inks How Much Novel Written
  •  None at all, because I got 16 pages done on this Victorian project I really should put a title on.†

†Keeping in mind that this is a short week, Monday having been Family Day in this province. That’s a contraction of “Please don’t destroy yourself or your Family because it’s the worst month of the year; here, have a paid vacation Day.” You can understand why no one uses the whole name.

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More OMAS, Maybe.

Posted by Dirck on 2 August, 2016

A quick note about an exciting development– a little while ago, I mentioned that OMAS was being shuttered.  I didn’t mention directly that it was being done in a very hostile way, and that there was little hope for the company to emerge from the flames of its destruction.

Well, we hear that there is an egg in the ashes, and that it may be a phoenix.  Over the weekend, there was a post on the FPN from the chap who gave Eversharp a bit of a shove at the end of the previous century and what looks like a more permanent reanimation a couple of years ago, revealing that he had successfully concluded a negotiation with the disgruntled Chinese owners of OMAS for whatever had not yet been irretrievably smashed.

He also noted that to run up some of the necessary capital to refloat OMAS, he’s planning the sale all the unsold finished pens now in his hands, limited editions included, at various discounts running from comfortable up to ridiculous.  Even at a ridiculous discount, my own funds don’t run to OMAS buying but if you’ve got some spare heaps of cash to devote to what is for the pen world an excellent cause, the rebirth of a long-standing pen-maker (and employer of specialized artisans) under benign management, keep an eye on omasoutlet.com; the site isn’t functional yet, but should be soon.  You may get a grail pen in the bargain, which you had thought lost forever!

Today’s pen: Sheaffer 1500 Lifetime
Today’s ink: Skrip black

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Posted by Dirck on 28 July, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 25 July
  • 26 July
  • 27 July
  • 28 July
  • Second draft of the “Swimmer’s Build.”
  • Second draft concludes, just shy of blotting out the sun with its dimensions.
  • Second draft of “Final Girl.”
  • …which is much shorter.
  • 610 words typed, and the end is at last in sight!
  • 715 words, for a total of 9,983 (sorry, feedback readers!).
  • 881 words.
  • 907 words (at least 60% done).
  • 50 min.
  • 60 min.
  • 50 min.
  • 55 min.

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Watch The Skies! …well, maybe not that high…

Posted by Dirck on 22 July, 2016

I’ve commented previously, although I can’t be bothered to find it, about some of the strange failures of the future to materialize we experience.  Things like moon-bases never happening, or the fact that hypersonic air travel seems to have peaked in the 1960s.  I guess part of the answer lies in the reach of imagination exceeding the grasp of ability, and today’s found film is status report on the poster-child for that phenomenon.

Now, I’m no aeronautical engineer, but it seems to me that if the flying wing’s inherent un-fly-ability has been handled by cramming it full of computers concerned with adjusting the inputs for the pilot, and if quad-copter drones are a modern toy, surely someone can throw enough technology at this thing to make it happen.  Why? Because it’s cool.

Today’s pen: Sheaffer 1500 Lifetime
Today’s ink: Skrip black

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Woof. Grr.

Posted by Dirck on 15 July, 2016

Another hard week for humanity.  This and, it seems, a cycle of my interior chemistry put me very close to the intersection of Unwilling and Unable as far as sticking up a whimsical film this week.

So we’ll have a PSA instead.

Come on, world.  It’s the future.  Lay off the old feuds and follies.  Give the Roddenberry continuum a try, why doncha?

Today’s pen (complete with memento morii engraving): Sheaffer 1500 Lifetime
Today’s dark ink: Skrip black

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Posted by Dirck on 7 July, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 4 July
  • 5 July
  • 6 July
  • 7 July
  • Second draft of the “Swimmer’s Build”.
  • More “Swimmer’s Build,” which goes slowly because I was too timid with the first draft.
  • Second drafting persists.
  • Radical change of perspective!  And gosh, it was the way to go.
  • 532 words typed.
  • 645 words (see?).
  • 640 words.
  • With chops and changes, it’s about 800 new words.
  • 45 min.
  • 50 min.
  • 45 min.
  • 30 min.
  • 60 min.

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