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Posted by Dirck on 22 August, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 19 August
  • 20 August
  • 21 August
  • 22 August
  • A slightly indulgent blog entry.
  • First draft of “Underground Follies” (working title).
  • See previous entry
  • 15 manuscript pages

I will mention once more, and probably only once more, the Kickstarter in which my recently-written story “The Moon Forest” will find a home… if they reach the funding goal which is painfully close to completion. If I assume my story is of average quality for the collection (it’s the only one I’ve read, so I can’t say otherwise), it’s going to be pretty darned good– I’m very proud of my work on that one. So, tell your family, tell your friends, tell passing strangers who look like they enjoy a good yarn, and let them have a look at the campaign page. They may be the very person who gives it the shove into existence!


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Stealing Someone Else’s Work

Posted by Dirck on 16 August, 2019

“The same thing we do every Friday, Pinky!”

I don’t have much clever in me today, and I have to save what I have for a writers’ group this evening, so in the spirit of what this blog used to be, here’s someone thinking very hard about a pen:

It looks jolly nice, so the complaint about its function is disappointing.

(He looks toward the tools of point manipulation, and tries to suppress an all too familiar urge. “Why not get one and see for yourself?” says a voice without source. “You can… amend… the performance.”)

Vade retro, you. I’ve spent this quarter’s pen budget already, and most of the next two, because I couldn’t resist a rocket-pen.

Today’s pen, once wrong and now put right: Waterman Citation
Today’s ink, ever a delight: Jentle blue-black

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Posted by Dirck on 29 September, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 26 September
  • 27 September
  • 28 September
  • 29 September
  • A day off.*
  • First draft of “Tale of the One-Handed Engineer.”
  • More “Engineer”
  • Still first draft.
  • The Witch and 10 Cloverfield Lane count as fertilizer for my fields.
  • Seven manuscript pages.
  • Six pages.
  • Six pages.
  • A full indolent day.
  • 55 min.
  • 45 min.
  • 50 min.

* A thing to do with The Regular Job demanded six hours of “volunteer” labour in the middle of both days of the weekend, so I converted some built-up vacation hours into not going on a chair-throwing rampage that would have livened up a slow-news Monday (locally; the US presidential debate was likely to hold onto the national ratings, regardless).

†Did I mention I got a whole lot of this stuff in a donation?  Expect to see it in a lot of pens that accept Waterman cartridges.

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Fiction, Reality, and the South Seas.

Posted by Dirck on 23 September, 2016

Official autumn is upon us, and cold rain is bucketing down today.  If one can’t scuffle off to a tropical paradise on short notice, why not hunker down with a good movie?  I can’t offer a full-length anything, reliably, but here’s a fine review of a film that confirms all my biases– it’s one of my favourites!

If you, as I, enjoy well-founded historical dramas, I suggest looking at that fellow’s whole channel.  He’s amended my ideas somewhat about Saving Private Ryan.

Today’s historically correct pen: Waterman Citation
Today’s forgivably anachronistic ink: Jentle blue-black

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Posted by Dirck on 15 September, 2016


Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 12 September
  • 13 September
  • 14 September
  • 15 September
  • First draft of “Rearranging the Deck Chairs”.
  • Not more than three sentences from the end of it.
  • Second draft of “Deck Chairs” after finishing the first.†
  • Second draft proceeds.
  • Four manuscript pages.*
  • Five pages
  • 551 words typed.
  • 804 words typed.
  • 45 min.
  • 45 min.
  • 50 min.
  • 50 min.

* A bad night thanks to migraine means I’m amazed I got that much accomplished.  Dull of intellect am I of this Monday.

† I was right about it needing three sentences, and not even big ones.  But, like the door of a house, however little mass of the whole it represents, you can’t say “That’s done!” until it’s in place.

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Last Day of School

Posted by Dirck on 25 June, 2010

I have a two week vacation starting next week, and while I’ll pretty much just be hanging around the house. “Hanging around the house” implies getting done the household things that weekends don’t offer sufficient time to accomplish. I don’t think I’ll be tiling the foyer, but there’s some prospect of putting up a new tub surround.

Party central, my place… actually, there will be at least one party:
A toddler licking the cap of a pen.
Someone, seen here in the moment when he discovers that his mom’s No Nonsense is not in fact cherry flavoured, is having his second birthday during this vacation. So it won’t all be drugery, and while I don’t guarantee any regular attendance here if anything particularly amusing in Penland develops, I will certainly share.

Today’s pen that can’t concentrate on its work: Waterman Citation
Today’s ink that keeps asking if class can’t be held on the lawn: Noodler’s La Couleur Royale

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Classified Ad

Posted by Dirck on 16 April, 2010

I find myself in a bit of a dilemma. I have recently got into my hands a perfectly nice Parker “51” from 1946 with a long tail– a desk pen.

What I did not get was the base. The base which came with it (through the auspices of that universal junk-drawer, eBay) is a slightly later base meant to accept a Sheaffer TM desk pen– the base appears in the 1951 catalogue, so is appropriate to the Touchdown fillers, but Snorkels will also rest in it.

A bit of a problem, then– a pen without a base, a base without a pen. What I need to find is someone who finds themselves in an inverted position; a homeless Sheaffer TM desk pen lying beside an untenanted single-socket holder for a Parker “51”. I’m not too fussy about matching the year of the socket to the pen, either– I have found that the pen is quite happy playing the cuckoo in twin-base what I expect is the early 1970s (the pen it has displaced is a little forlorn, of course).

I have put a notice up in a sensible place, the Trades board of the Fountain Pen Network, but with no results. It is a very specific interface of needs, so I’m not too surprised– I’m a little surprised, given the number of fellow pen loonies on that forum, but not knocked off my feet by it.

I am thus expanding my search horizon by throwing the matter into the open here. I append pictures of the item in question, hoping to catch the eye of someone whose Touchdown desk pen is rattling around in a Parker stand. If you are such a person, drop a line to ravensmarch at gmail period com and we’ll see what we can do to fulfill the other’s needs (the pictures are also links, since WordPress seems to not have a sense of how to resize a picture to show the whole thing)–

Notice the chip in the lower edgeThe inclusion in the forward left edge seems to be from manufacturing rather than later damage
It's still got its sticker!

Today’s pen seeking employment: Waterman Citation
Today’s low mileage ink: Pelikan 4001 blue-black

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Rinse, Repeat. No Lather!

Posted by Dirck on 22 March, 2010

I’m going to be fairly brief today, as I’m now not feeling well thanks to whatever was coursing through my son. I am pleased to report that the weekend offered an opportunity to get some work done on pens, and I now really have to update the Collections page on the website to at least include descriptions of a Sheaffer Tuckaway, a Wahl all-metal pen, and a Conklin Glider, the three I’m most anxious to get into rotation. The last was an utter wretch– I think an incorrect, non-shellac adhesive was used to put in the previous sac, and the section was replaced before it was dry. This bonanza of concentrated time was a quid pro quo my wife insisted upon as I was going to be the sole care-giver for Infectious Lad while she attended a craft sale on Sunday.

In connection with the illness, I want to offer a guarded and somewhat hesistant endorsement of the practice of nasal lavage.

Which sounds better as well as more concise than “cramming the spout of a small teapot up one nostril and allowing the contents to flow out the other.” This is exactly as much fun as it sounds, but the results are worth both the sensations and the horrid spectacle that presents in the bathroom mirror. The illness now winding down in my has left much less debris in my respiratory system than the past several, something I’m very pleased with.

I’ll try for less icky content tomorrow. I should have, after all, rather less icky contents.

Today’s sanitized pen: Waterman Citation
Today’s external-use-only ink: Herbin’s Poussière de Lune

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Posted by Dirck on 28 January, 2010

In a recent installment, the Penquod’s owner-aboard noted that he has fulfilled a longstanding ambition and bought a proper hat, and was subsequently worried that his might undo his longstanding pursuit of anonymous background-blending. An appendix to today’s episode shows some foundation to his worries.

I want to put his mind at rest. Adopting a hat is a long-standing part of becoming invisible– even H.G. Wells knew it:

He was wrapped up from head to foot, and the brim of his soft felt hat hid every inch of his face but the shiny tip of his nose;

The thing is that most people when presented with something outside their common experience will choose to ignore it. The same sort of unconscious yet willful blindness that leads folks to step across a body, supporting the maneuver on the head of a kneeling paramedic, renders most people insensible of things like nice hats.

There are some folks who will be able to penetrate this cloak. As The Inkanthropist discovers, the majority of these are simpletons who overcome the problem by simple dint of having no subconscious– all their resources are at the top of consciousness, working madly to keep them from wandering off piers or eating light bulbs. There are a very few other observant souls who actually attend to what is in front of them and have the wit to comprehend it, although they’re generally too shy if not fictional to pass along a comment.

The same effect prevents people from noticing fountain pens, I’m sure. Yesterday, for the first time in an age, someone commented on the pen I was using– the lady at a customer service desk in a store where I was returning something. I’m pretty sure that the fact that most of the pen is of modern design allowed her to step around the usual veil which seems to descend every time I’m waving a pen around in public. Had it been the pen of either of the previous two days, each much more striking but also much more obviously anachronistic, I have no doubt I wouldn’t have heard the admiring coo.

I’m sure this will persist until, if the current apparent trend for a return to hattedness continues, there’s noting noteworthy about having a decent lid while walking out. Invisibility becomes flock-anonymity once again.

Today’s hard-to-spot pen: Waterman Citation
Today’s sneaky ink: Noodler’s Van Gogh Starry Night (it is sneaky, too– you’d hardly believe it was a blue ink rather than a black one)

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Christmas Shopping

Posted by Dirck on 14 December, 2009

The tree is up and my son has been befuddled and delighted at the spectacle it entails (as opposed to last year when his befuddlement was pretty general and not season specific).

We all went out to do a little shopping in the blistering cold on Saturday, and as a result of our stumbling about I want to promote another local business, this one only just now getting its feet under it– the Vintage Tea Room at 405 Broad Street here in Regina. I realize that this does the vast part of the world no good, but if you’ve an anglophile on your shopping list, or just want a really good Steak and Kidney(or Onion or Mushroom– three types!) Pie, you should pop in. They are a tea room in fact, so you can have lunch there while you’re out.

I’d go into more detail, but other matters distract– I’ll explain a bit tomorrow.

Today’s philanthropic pen: Waterman Citation
Today’s ink for praising others: Herbin’s Lis de Thé

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