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Posted by Dirck on 18 April, 2019

 

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 15 April
  • 16 April
  • 17 April
  • 18 April
  • A sudden and possibly hasty reaction to the day’s events
  • Third draft of “Curse of the Dragon”
  • Second draft of “Doting Mother Cradles Her Wayward Child”
  • See previous entry.
  • Finished, at 5,755 words.
  • 1,629 typed words.

I completely fumbled last weekend’s potential for writing, and thus did not manage the Monday deadline for “Curse of the Dragon.” Not a big deal; it won’t go moldy waiting for the next submission window, and I’ll be able to give it the proper post-completion examinations it wouldn’t have gotten had I pushed it through.

This is not quite as silver-lining flavoured as the news of how intact Notre Dame has remained, but it affects me more directly.

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Posted by Dirck on 11 April, 2019

 

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 8 April
  • 9 April
  • 10 April
  • 11 April
  • Third draft of “Curse of the Dragon”
  • 3409 typed words (and boy, are my arms tired).

I… might… make that Monday deadline for this story. Last week’s worries about sufficiency of editing remain strong, though.

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Posted by Dirck on 4 April, 2019

 

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 1 April
  • 2 April
  • 3 April
  • 4 April
  • Second Draft of “Tiger on my Back”.
  • First draft of “Doting Mother Cradles Her Wayward Child”
  • Third draft of “Curse of the Dragon”
  • 2532 words and ready for eyes other than mine.
  • 3 manuscript pages, and also done.
  • 1201 typed words.

Wait, third draft? Yeah. I was on the verge of poking “Curse” at some readers when I had an uncomfortable vision of the much better story it could be, once I almost completely re-wrote it. Sigh. What makes this problematic is that the first place I’d like to send it when it’s ready closes submissions in eleven days. This is going to call from some hard graft on my part, and I may have to submit it without the usual safety net of another reader or two point out glaring stupidities.

Uncomfortable thought. You see all the glaring tyops and and double words that show up in this ongoing document; that’s fine (more or less), because I don’t expect anyone to pay me for this stuff. Something I hope to get paid professional rates (cue harp glissando) for should be, if not polished, at least without sharp corners for editors to tear their imaginations on.

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Posted by Dirck on 28 March, 2019

 

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 25 March
  • 26 March
  • 27 March
  • 28 March
  • First Draft of “Tiger on my Back” finished
  • Second draft of “A Duty of Upkeep is Owed to Your Neighbours”
  • First draft of “Doting Mother Cradles Her Wayward Child”
  • Another 609 words.
  • 510 typed words, and we’ll call it done as well.
  • 18 manuscript pages.

Yes, I’m back to handwritten drafting, and loving it. Thanks to a power outage yesterday as well as the return of a co-worker from vacation, The Regular Job is pressing upon me a little less viciously, I got a ton of work on the new story. Very gratifying, and horribly suggestive of what’s possible if I… um… abandon my sole source of sufficient income.

Y’know, phrased like that, some of the appeal goes out of it.

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Posted by Dirck on 21 March, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 18 March
  • 19 March
  • 20 March
  • 21 March
  • Second draft of “A Duty of Upkeep is Owed to Your Neighbours” (hey, I found a title!)
  • 2767 Typed words

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Posted by Dirck on 14 March, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 11 March
  • 12 March
  • 13 March
  • 14 March
  • First draft of “Tiger on My Back.”
  • First draft of a thing about lawn culture that needs a title.
  • Second draft of same. “At Work on the Back 40,” maybe?
  • 1240 typed words.
  • Around 1100 typed words.
  • 364 typed words.

So… what’s with all the non-manuscript first drafts? A small experiment, although “Tiger” began as a typed thing because I’m working on it Sundays using the iPad/Keyboard combo I was so avid about at the start of the year; I’m also annoying other parents at the son’s gymnastics class (it’s specific for kids with ASD, so it’s really more of a class in trampoline bouncing until you’ve had all you can take followed by quiet lounging in a foam pit). The other thing is one I thought I’d just see how it went if I dove straight into typing for a change.

I discover two things. I appear to have trained myself out of the urge to faff around with obsessive, productivity-smashing edits in the first draft even if it’s an available option, so that’s good. I also find that I would still prefer to start out with pen and paper, because the slightly slower pace of getting the words out gives the scenes a chance to form in the air around me more fully. Either way, I’m still pausing to stare at the wall in front of me at regular intervals while the unwritten bit clarifies, but those pauses are shorter working with a pen.

They’re also more decorative, since a man poised to return pen to paper with a faraway look in his eye is a slightly more romantic figure than someone slumped idly in front of a keyboard.

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Posted by Dirck on 7 March, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 4 March
  • 5 March
  • 6 March
  • 7 March
  • First draft of “Tiger on My Back.”
  • Second draft of “The Curse of the Dragon.”
  • 960 typed words
  • Cripes, I keep going back and undoing stuff. Maybe… 2500 words? It’s not that long, though.

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Unpaid Advertising

Posted by Dirck on 1 December, 2017

I won’t try to claim that this is anything other than an ad while tries to get you to buy something.  It it, at least, a something with a lot of hand-crafting involved.

I don’t even have one (largely because that amount of human labour puts the brand beyond my means), but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the artisty.

Today’s slightly more pedestrian pen: Sheaffer Targa
Today’s ink, suited to pens of all degree, however grand or humble: Skrip Black

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Posted by Dirck on 23 November, 2017

This Week’s Pens Inks How Much Novel Progress
  • 2992 words typed

 

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Posted by Dirck on 16 November, 2017

This Week’s Pens Inks How Much Novel Progress
  • 2125 words typed (long weekend)

Also, here’s a thing that happened this week:

Which is encouraging in two contradictory ways.  The first is obvious enough– oh boy, halfway done!

But… am I, really?  Remember, the gauge is based on an estimate of the word count based on a comparison of previous projects’ first draft page counts to final word counts.  “Estimate” can be accurate, or not.  So, let me run something by you.  When I finished the most recent bout of typing, I closed my manuscript and held a ruler up to it.  When gently compressed, it is a stack of paper roughly 3 cm tall.  The sticky-note which indicates where I left off is about 1 cm from the top.

…so I may be more in the order of 33% finished.  Which is great in terms of what the final word count may be; possibly as much as 100,000, a much more genre-appropriate weight (in as much as this thing fits a genre– closest to horror, although… have I mentioned this?… there is a tendril extending into the camp of detective fiction).  Wonderful!  Fantastic!

Those who know my capacity for dashing cold water on my own head will already have noticed the other hand presented by this second encouragement, though– I have been speaking of an estimated finishing date sometime in the first half of February.

Estimated.

It begins to look as if I’m in for a longer haul….

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