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Big Bird

Posted by Dirck on 14 January, 2022

I am going to have a film this week, following another not-much-progress report.

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 10 January
  • 11 January
  • 12 January
  • 13 January
  • Faffing about with getting the collection in train
  • COVID booster
  • Post-booster groggy
  • See Monday
  • Much smoke, little fire.
  • An armful
  • My favourite colour of the alphabet is grape!
  • See Monday

Now, with that out of the way, let’s have another moment of misty-eyed contemplation of a direction of technological development.

I don’t know about you, but I’d like to do my air travel in something that wasn’t just a big tube.

Although, like a lot of people, I’d also like to do my air travel at all, and in something that wasn’t wrecking the atmosphere.

Today’s pen: Platinum PKB-3000
Today’s ink: Herbin Poussière de Lune

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Sharing Traditions

Posted by Dirck on 17 December, 2021

A title with a double meaning. Over on my other front, I’m sharing “Wilden Klausen” which is about seasonal traditions and their underpinnings.

Here, I’m sharing what is a bit of a trans-Canadian tradition. One of the few things that is shared by all parts of Canada is CBC Radio service. Not everyone listens to it, but it’s there. Those of us who do listen to it have a yuletide tradition– listening to the sonorous Alan Maitland reading Frederick Forsyth’s attempt at the traditional English seasonal ghost story.

I’m taking next week off, so I may not look in here on Christmas Eve. In anticipation of that, I’ll wish you one and all a comfortable Christmas, Xmas, Yuletide &ct. (but not Festivus– take your pole elsewhere!) with people that bring you joy and without people that bring you COVID.

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Saratoga TM Snorkel
Today’s ink: Skrip Jet Black

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Posted by Dirck on 9 December, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 6 December
  • 7 December
  • 8 December
  • 9 December
  • Opening a campaign which will culminate in a Kickstarter campaign… and ideally somewhat thereafter a short story collection.
  • The journey of ten thousand stadia begins with a few hesitant and uncertain steps. And what could be sweat or tears. Hard to tell.

If anyone out there is shouting “What the hell are you thinking?!” they may rest assured that I can’t hear them over the screeching of my own internal critics. Updates as they develop… which given the careful approach to this unknown country I’m adopting, will probably not begin until Mid-January.

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Posted by Dirck on 2 December, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 29 November
  • 30 November
  • 1 December
  • 2 December
  • “Hobb’s Landing”.
  • Birthday Off! ‡
  • Fixing stuff from the previous day. ³
  • Just too damn tired.
  • Squeezing words from a stone.
  • A mighty lounge!
  • [Another Homer Simpson noise of remembered trauma]
  • Get more sleep, dummy.

† It’s my birthday and I’ll use the same pen as the previous day if I want to.
‡ I have never taken my birthday off prior to this year. I recommend it, to be honest, if it doesn’t make life too miserable for co-workers. There is, however, still a price to be paid…
³ Never be The Indispensable Man. I’m not, really, anymore but I’m still not easily replaced despite writing and polishing instruction manuals for the past couple of years.
¤ The Skrip is NOS, just opened on the day of pen-filling, but isn’t quite contemporary to the pen; it’s got the red label from the last days of the dip-well bottles. The Quink, on the other hand, is possibly slightly older than the pen but definitely from the same rough era of manufacturing and also unopened until I got my mitts on it. I don’t know how this happens.

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Posted by Dirck on 25 November, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 22 November
  • 23 November
  • 24 November
  • 26 November
  • “Hobb’s Landing”.
  • Preliminary Christmas Shopping
  • Squeezing words from a stone.
  • [Homer Simpson noise of remembered trauma]

I’ve just realized that a couple of my published stories are past their exclusivity dates and in anthologies that are not easily accessed online. Stand by for action on the other site!

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Dr. Manhattan’s Other Job

Posted by Dirck on 19 November, 2021

Hey, said YouTube to me recently. You want to see someone that fixes old luxury items?

“That’s not me fixing a pen… right?” I became nervous that I was creating content somnambulistically.

Oh, no. You’re nothing like this ambitious.

I mean, I’d like to do that, but the stuff I do that strikes me as fiddly and wee is the upper end of the fiddly-wee spectrum in that video. Also, how the dickens does one remember which bit goes where?

Today’s pen: Retro 51 Tornado
Today’s ink: Skrip Black

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Posted by Dirck on 11 November, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 8 November
  • 9 November
  • 10 November
  • 11 November
  • “Hobb’s Landing”.
  • Remembrance.
  • Done! Sorta! Except for building the ending from its current kit form of mostly coherent points.
  • Appropriate.

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Posted by Dirck on 4 November, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 1 November
  • 2 November
  • 3 November
  • 4 November
  • Endless small chores.
  • Not a word of writing, damn it.

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Posted by Dirck on 28 October, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 25 October
  • 26 October
  • 27 October
  • 28 October
  • First draft of “Unintended Consequences” (working title).
  • Second draft of same.
  • More or less settled at 3220 words.
  • SO MANY REVISIONS NEEDED!

I’m going to have to really scramble to get that story onto my literary front if I’m going to make good on a plan, not previously spoken, to offer it as a Hallowe’en treat on the Friday ahead of The Great Day.

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Comfort Eating

Posted by Dirck on 5 June, 2020

I was thinking of putting up some socially conscious material today, because what’s going on across North America is very damn important and I haven’t mentioned any of it here.

BUT

I haven’t mentioned any of it here because I’ve been attending to it elsewhere. I have a sufficiency of privilege that I am able to withdraw  when it becomes too much to bear, keeping this space as one of my redoubts. Frankly, watching a 75 year old man getting what might be a fatal head injury and then be studiously ignored by those who gave it to him… yeah. I need a little break, and I suspect others do too.

Thus, a retreat into childhood.

I bless him for using butter rather than margarine. I don’t know that I’d brown it, though, and that seemed like an awful lot of salt. I do absolutely agree that making marshmallow is over the top (and, to be honest, it’s sort of like playing with lava– I want to make treats, not engage in the less fun aspects of glass-blowing).

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m going to contemplate what I might get up to this weekend.

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Balance Statesman
Today’s ink: Skrip Black

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