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Posted by Dirck on 17 December, 2020

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 14 December
  • 15 December
  • 16 December
  • 17 December
  • Wrestling with submissions.
  • Second draft of “Hobb’s Landing”.
  • Reveling in the warm glow of new publication.†
  • Only one.
  • Progress, of a slow and gummy sort.
  • As much as I can drink in.

† Yes, indeed! “Palmer’s Folly” is live and available for ganders, over in issue 53 of NewMyths.com, and with a little digging you can even find a picture of the author, shorn of beard for COVID-masking and in all honesty looking as mad as a box of frogs. I don’t know what was happening with my face that night.

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Posted by Dirck on 10 December, 2020

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 7 December
  • 8 December
  • 9 December
  • 10 December
  • Second draft of “Hobb’s Landing”.
  • Absolute last chance edits on “Palmer’s Folly” (in which a with that had survived more than a dozen examinations was finally replaced with the correct while)
  • Why do I feel so very busy?

 

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More Than Usually Complete Progress Report.

Posted by Dirck on 21 April, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 18 April
  • 19 April
  • 20 April
  • 21 April
  • First draft of “A Mistake of Timing.”
  • Second draft of “A Mistake of Timing”.
  • More second draft effort.
  • Yes, still more.
  • Ten manuscript pages, and done.
  • 1,070 words typed.
  • 804 words.
  • 934 words.
  • 55 min.
  • 45 min.
  • 45 min.
  • 40 min.

…and also, let me brag a little.  Last weekend, after a bit of a dry patch, I got an absolute mass of pens repaired, all but one one of them for other people.  These included a PFM, three Snorkels, a Vacumatic with a lock-down filler, and a Balance First Lady, plus some slightly less challenging objects.  The Balance, Vacumatic, and two of the Snorkels were moving between generations in one family, which I find always provides a happy glow the the work.  Since the Balance and one of the Snorkels were more than usually resistant to being taken to bits, a happy glow was a welcome counterbalance to black vexation.

The PFM, which was otherwise in quite good shape, had suffered a refit at some past date under the hands of one who was mislead into thinking rubber cement was an appropriate sealant.  I’ve grumped about this sort of thing before, so I’ll leave that link and its contents to express my refreshed thoughts on such behaviour.

The third Snorkel dealt with was, for a joy, one of my own; yet another donation from a friend mentioned many times before who keeps finding things at garage and estate sales.  It is also not a model I owned until she handed it to me:

That model being a Saratoga

That model being a Saratoga

I have a before picture, but it failed to quite capture the squalor this pen had fallen into.  I suspect it lived in a smoking house, because the yellow-brown patina I mercilessly polished away certainly seemed to be nicotine (I know this because our own house was owned for fifty years by the same smoking person, and the hallway still breaks out in a nicotine sweat every winter).  It cleaned up nice, and I’ll be taking it out for its first run tomorrow, making very very very thin writing in pursuit of the day’s labours.  The Sheaffer catalogue of the day only claimed to go down to extra-fine, but this thing, despite acceptable wetness, is toying with the limits of human perception in the fineness of its line.

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Posted by Dirck on 22 October, 2015

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 19 October
  • 20 October
  • 21 October
  • 22 October
  • Another fiction roll-out and worrying about the election.
  • Stress-reaction to the results of the election.
  • First draft of “Aliasing Harmonic” despite migraine.
  • Almost the last of that first draft.
  • All day.
  • 45 min.
  • 25min.
  • 35 Min.

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Posted by Dirck on 8 October, 2015

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 5 October
  • 6 October
  • 7 October
  • 8 October
  • First draft of “Aliasing Harmonic”
  • “Aliasing Harmonic” and the latest story release on the fiction side.
  • Man, am I going to have to rework this thing hard.
  • A break for non-fiction over on my fiction site.
  • 35 min.
  • 15 min. (there’s a surprising number of steps in a release).
  • 30 min.
  • 45 min.

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Raise the Alarm

Posted by Dirck on 2 October, 2015

The Regular Job presented me with several metaphorical fires to put out today, which has eaten into my lunch break!  Thus, a late and entirely thematic Friday Film From Faraway

Today’s pen: TWSBI Vac 700
Today’s ink: Diamine Sargasso Sea

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Posted by Dirck on 24 September, 2015

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 21 September
  • 22 September
  • 23 September
  • 24 September
  • A free lunch (yet I grumble)
  • Second draft of “Old Home Week”.
  • The same.
  • So near the end….
  • Not a metaphoric sausage
  • 1,036 words typed.
  • 978 words.
  • 1,041 words.
  • 65 min.
  • 35 min.
  • 35 min.
  • 40 min.

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Posted by Dirck on 17 September, 2015

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 15 September
  • 16 September
  • 17 September
  • Second draft of “Old Home Week”.
  • The same.
  • …and again.
  • 1,366 words typed.
  • 384 words.
  • 1,008 words.
  • 50 min.
  • 15 min.
  • 35 min.

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Moonlit Romance

Posted by Dirck on 11 September, 2015

I started out calling this Friday Film Folly “To the MOON, Alice!”, but I never find myself longing for the days when it was thought comedic to threaten to punch your wife as hard as you could.  Nuts to you, Kramden.

I do, however, find myself occasionally wanting to send a cat to the moon.  One specific, subtly brain-damaged cat, without whom our house would smell oh, so much sweeter.  However, funding, physics and (in the driver’s seat) morality prevent this, so I’ll have to stick with this rather nice little object.

Not only does it have some very subtle overtones of Lovecraft, it references the word I was so caught on yesterday.  Now, back to work on prepping.  Dig, dig, dig!

Today’s pen: TWSBI Vac 700
Today’s ink: Diamine Sargasso Sea

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Films Elsewhere

Posted by Dirck on 12 December, 2014

As I’ve been unusually devoted to the writing this week, I don’t have a film spooled up for this week.  However, thanks to the active and better-focused Ed Jelly, I can direct you to a group of films sponsored by Montblanc (the capacity which suggests they’re making as much money as we suspect them to be) which are all inspired by phrases of Nelson Mandela.

Rather than embed the videos, as is my usual practice, I’m just going to give the link to Tribeca Film Institute’s place of display.

Today’s pen: TWSBI Vac 700
Today’s ink: Pelikan Brilliant Black

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