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Posted by Dirck on 20 September, 2018

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 17 September
  • 18 September
  • 19 September
  • 20 September
  • Second draft of “Kick a Cat…”
  • 2815 typed words

Those who were paying attention for about four hours yesterday will have seen a gestational version of this post– apparently somebody hit POST rather than SAVE yesterday. I will put this down to mental exhaustion– the rowers are all present on their benches now, but the guy in the jerkin keeps banging away on his drum.

Tonight is going to be full of powerful mental activity: choosing and inking pens for tomorrow’s Pelikan Hub! The New Classic is definitely coming along. I think one of the P1s will, too, and some of the less-known (at least around here) cheap moderns– I know the local hubmaster is bringing a plentiful selection of Souveräns for other attendees to ogle, and my thing has always been breadth of collection rather than depth.  Still, I’ll likely bring my own M600 along, because it would be mean to not take it to a party meant for it.

I may also bring some not-Pelikans, too, just to keep accusations of favouritism down a little.

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Posted by Dirck on 13 September, 2018

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 10 September
  • 11 September
  • 12 September
  • 13 September
  • First draft of “Kick a Cat…”
  • Second draft of “Kick a Cat…”
  • 16 manuscript pages.
  • 784 typed words

 

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The Game’s Afoot!

Posted by Dirck on 7 September, 2018

There was a bit of a discussion lately among my Facebook associates about the relative merits of various Sherlocks Holmes. My opinion on this topic has not changed much since I laid it out here five years ago (almost to the day, good heavens). The practical consequence is that my Youtube sidebar is now crammed with things Granada TV will probably be issuing copyright complaints about. But until that happens, here’s what happens to be first in that line-up.

The best episode? Perhaps not. But it’s got the best Holmes in it, so it’s good enough.

Today’s pen: TWSBI Classic
Today’s ink: Diamine Marine Blue

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Posted by Dirck on 23 August, 2018

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 20 August
  • 21 August
  • 22 August
  • 23 August
  • Second draft† of “A Legion of Candles.”
  • Third (Threcond? Secird?) draft of the same.
  • Third draft of “When Regrets Replace Dreams.”
  • 56 words typed.‡
  • 6,250 words all together, many pre-typed.
  • So many typos. So many.

 

†Usually my path is hand-written first, typed second, and then off for comment by readers before third. This story got a complete POV change and I didn’t feel like restarting the process, so because I’m the boss of me! we might consider this second draft more of a v.1.1.

‡ After vast struggle to push the narrative forward on Monday, I realized belatedly that it wasn’t moving because it had fetched up against the buffers at the last station on the line. Those 56 words are vanishing as I smack around the current version into the usual “second draft” shape, so what this really records is the waste of a whole writing session.

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Posted by Dirck on 16 August, 2018

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 13 August
  • 14 August
  • 15 August
  • 16 August
  • Second Draft of the choose-your-own project.†
  • Second draft of “A Legion of Candles.”
  • About 1,700 words typed.
  • 2,106 words typed.

 

For those who don’t look in at my fictional enterprise, or notice the slowly changing links to it over in the side-bar– I sold a story! Two years ago! And now it’s been published! I hasten to add that the delay was due to the work of some sinister outside forces who committed an outrage upon the publication; the publication are not to blame for it, and I’m glad they’re back even leaving aside that they have brought forth my story as part of that return.

†Well, I was an industrious lad over the weekend, wasn’t I? Part of this is down to the record-setting heat of last weekend; at 41F, I’m pleased to find a reason to be in the basement.

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Posted by Dirck on 9 August, 2018

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 6 August
  • 7 August
  • 8 August
  • 9 August
  • Second Draft of the choose-your-own project.†
  • Second draft of “A Legion of Candles.”
  • About 1,500 words typed.
  • 1,487 words typed.‡

 

†Monday was a holiday, and since the grass is too parched to need mowing, I had time to work on the thing.

‡Monday was a holiday, so I lost a day on this thing.

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Warm Enough for Ya?

Posted by Dirck on 3 August, 2018

I’m stepping back somewhat from my usual inclination toward whimsy with the Friday Film, and also spending a lot of typing to explain why.  This week I read a rather depressing article (which I suggest should be followed by this one) about the signal failure of the world’s masters to do something about global climate change in the same snappy manner, and almost in the same moment, as they acted to stop stripping the planet’s UV protection.

This reminded me of something I watched in 1989, and which regularly bobs to the surface of my imagination whenever the latest news of climate gone bonkers (“50C or higher in all of Spain!” or “Wildfire season in California two months early AGAIN!”).

As with any science fiction, there are some clangers of prediction among the eerie moments of prescience.

Today’s pen, not looking forward to going back to the house with no air conditioning: TWSBI Classic
Today’s ink, into which a plunge might bring momentary relief: Diamine Marine Blue

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Posted by Dirck on 26 July, 2018

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 24 July
  • 25 July
  • 26 July
  • 27 July
  • First draft of “A Legion of Candles”
  • 19 manuscript pages.

Two quick notes:

  1. The page count is low because I got robbed of today’s writing session through the requirements of having to live a life in modern society (more specifically, dealing with car repairs).
  2. I swapped Parkers but not ink, because I was weary of the 45 but the cartridge I filled for it was far from empty. If you’ve several nice pens at hand, there’s no call to tolerate one that isn’t attending to its duty.

Oh, right–

3. The 45 is going into the workshop this weekend; I’m not going to leave it in a semi-functional state.

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Posted by Dirck on 19 July, 2018

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 18 July
  • 19 July
  • 20 July
  • 21 July
  • Second draft of “Until Regrets Take the Place of Dreams”
  • 2,826 words typed, and that’s done.

Also, just a small note which I want to leave a future me in case he’s feeling blue– I got a rejection today which, while still a rejection, contained an expression of interest in other stories; it was simply the tone/specific theme of the story that drew the rejection, while the writing was good enough to intrigue. It’s a small thing, but it’s buoyant and worth clinging to.

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What’s All the Hub-bub About the Hub, Bub?

Posted by Dirck on 16 July, 2018

Hey, I’m back!  And I’m making noise now rather than on Thursday because Thursday is only three days before the end of the extended deadline for Pelikan Hub sign-up! Pelikan, perhaps concerned with the small turn-out in Bremen, announced that they were keeping registrations open until the 22nd, so if you haven’t and you want to, go sign up! I notice that it still says the 16th on the site, but press on.

While i’m here making noise, I’ll mention what I got up to on the vacation apart from lavishing time and attention on my son. First, I had a chance to work on a Waterman sleeve-filler:

It’s not… necessarily… the oldest pen I’ve worked on, but it is definitely in the running, and it’s the first time I was in the same room as this mechanism.

Also, if you cast your minds back to the winter of 2014-15, you’ll remember that I was scraping away at a choose-your-own-cosmic-horror game. I have been working on a lot of other stuff since, mainly because it’s something I can’t work at anywhere except home, and home is full of other demands upon my time.  Well, I managed to get about 8,000 words of second draft bashed out on it in two sessions last week.  This means, judging by the stacks of paper in the done and waiting piles, that I’m about 30% finished that project. I’m thinking of giving up on sleep recovery on the weekends for a while, in hopes of actually getting it into a beta-reader shape at least. It has sat fallow long enough.

I also cleaned out a pen with a mold problem so bad that air couldn’t pass through the feed.  Ug. This pen, I hasten to point out, is not mine, but lest that sound judgemental I will also point out that ink contamination may come into all our lives, regardless of how cleanly our habits.

Today’s hygienic pen: TWSBI Classic
Today’s (as yet) unsullied ink: Diamine Marine Blue

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