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Posted by Dirck on 9 March, 2017

This Week’s Pens Inks How Much Novel Written
  •  Finished up the second draft of “Lots of Land and The Open Sky Above” at a little over 4700 words… and I’m contemplating a title change… which puts me back onto the novel: only 12 pages done, but they’ve got some momentum to them.  The break was useful to the novel as well as the shortie.
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Posted by Dirck on 2 March, 2017

This Week’s Pens Inks How Much Novel Written
  •  9 pages done on this Victorian project, which then got about 2000 words of typed second draft which is totally different from the first and now revels in the title “Lots of Land and The Open Sky Above.”

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Generating Controversy

Posted by Dirck on 24 February, 2017

The following film has nothing to do with the elections underway in France.  It’s just a little look at history which will likely get up the noses of French people of most political stripes, offered by a guy I find amusing, because I was amused.

Yep.  Makes me giggle.

Today’s pen (French): Waterman Executive
Today’s ink (also French): Waterman Florida Blue

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Posted by Dirck on 16 February, 2017

This Week’s Pens Inks How Much Novel Written
  •  only five manuscript pages, but seventeen for that Victoria-era thing.  Progress, I calls it!

I’ll also remind everyone to have a look at the previous entry if for no other reason than to rush to the end of it and give your input on the matter of the Challenger challenge which challenges me.  There has been some response there, but not quite what the pollsters would call statistically significant (although the unanimity to date is pretty suggestive).

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Posted by Dirck on 9 February, 2017

This Week’s Pens Inks How Much Novel Written
  •  17 manuscript pages, plus a whopping three pages for a story aimed at that anthology of Victoria-era weird tales I think I mentioned, which closes in mid-April (that’s painfully close).

Some of my scribbling time has been eaten up this week in getting research details in hand for that short story, which I haven’t been quite able to convince myself to not bother with. Fool!  Don’t I know how few hours of productive writing I can count on in a week?  The novel must be done this year, not next!

While I’m diverting myself from the effort on the novel, I’ll also mention that coming up… sometime this month, I’m going to go old-school with a look at a slightly wicked pen repair and a call for input as to what should be done with a blameless orphan pen that has come into my care.  As usual, it’s a lack of pictures that makes these things not happen yet.

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Posted by Dirck on 2 February, 2017

This Week’s Pens Inks How Much Novel Written
  •  23 manuscript pages (that’s a little better).

 

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Posted by Dirck on 26 January, 2017

This Week’s Pens Inks How Much Novel Written
  •  18 manuscript pages.

That’s an alarmingly low page-count for this week, which is down to an unexpected office celebratory lunch.  Free lunch, yes, but not only did it cost me a day’s efforts, it made me rather ill so yesterday was not very productive either.  Boo.

However, if my page/word ratios are right, I’m now above 25,000 words, or 100 typed pages.  For something that only gets poked at over lunch-hours, that’s coming along reasonably well.

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Posted by Dirck on 19 January, 2017

This Week’s Pens Inks How Much Novel Written
  •  22 manuscript pages.

A joyful… more or less… realization on Tuesday, that the point-of-view of the novel wasn’t quite where it should be.  This will make extra work on the second draft (thus “or less”), but it also mean some elements that have been a drag-inducing burden to the narrative can be more easily handled and I should be able to skip along a little more briskly henceforth.

I’m also faced with a couple of other projects that might distract me from this hoped-for brisk skipping; there’s a call from weird stories which also examine the effects of colonization in the Victorian era, and my wife is urging me to convert something to a screenplay for a local competition.  Egad.

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Posted by Dirck on 17 March, 2016

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 14 March
  • 15 March
  • 16 March
  • 17 March
  • First draft of  “Wildenklausen”.
  • Ditto
  • More first drafting.
  • And that’s all for the first draft.
  • Eight manuscript pages.
  • Six pages.
  • Nine pages.
  • Eight pages.
  • 45 min.
  • 40 min.
  • 50 min.
  • 50 min.

…and as an addition to this “See?  Writing!” nonsense I’m burdening you with–

Stories Submitted This Week: 6 (!)

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The Imbecile Confession

Posted by Dirck on 10 March, 2016

But let’s start with a strangely-configured progress report:

Day What How Much Duration Pen Ink
  • 7 March
  • 8 March
  • 9 March
  • 10 March
  • Attending to the uncreative aspects…
  • …of creative writing.
  • As above, plus first draft of “Human Endurance”
  • Second draft of “Human Endurance”
 

  • See explanation below
  • Total of 641 words.
  • Two…
  • …solid days of it.
  • 45 min…  of writing.
  • 35 min.

So, what’s all that about, then?  Well, it all started last Sunday, when I went to a writing workshop under the direction of a Hugo-winning Canadian author.  The workshop had nothing at all to do with how to find a market for what one wrote; it was all about how to lay a solid foundation for a novel, based on notions the fellow had developed in the course of writing a lot of SF, but which apply to most genres as well.  Jolly useful information, too, but what developed out of it was what I can only think of as blindness resulting from a curse or a brain lesion fell away.  On Monday, I found I was able to uncover all sorts of paying markets for the sort of stuff that I write.

Had I looked previously?  Indeed so.  Not only that, but I had looked in basically the very same places I investigated on Monday on those previous attempts.  Having made this startling… I will say “discovery” because it was new to me, even though already well inhabited and supporting thriving cultures, I decided to get properly serious about making some submissions to places that offer money for stories.

Money for stories.  Fancy that!  Exactly what I have been trying to discover the alchemical principles for!

There is a substantial element of regret in this discovery, as over on the fiction site I have been rendering some of what I think of as pretty good stories unappealing, because most markets want stuff that hasn’t appeared anywhere previously.  I knew I was doing this, too, but in my earlier innocence, I saw no real alternatives by way of becoming known at all as a writer of fictions.  Had the blindness lifted six months earlier, I would have a lot more shot in my locker.

The way in which I intend to address this startling discovery of the obvious is probably self-destructive too, although hopefully only in the short term.  I’m going to carry on here much as I have done, intermittently becoming the sort of specialized interesting I once was while mainly just letting the world know that I’m plugging away and still rotating my pens.  Over there, I’m going to stop being quite so profligate with my new material, which is where the self-destructive comes in– little flash fictions, such as that one I did up today, will appear in what I intend to be a pretty regular way (long intervals, though) while longer stories will get driven around the markets in search of a paying audience.  Once they have found a paying audience, and served their time of exclusivity, I will then post them on the fiction side of my online world; I will then be able to include an annotation along the lines of “Originally presented in the Fall 2016 edition of A Rather Splendid Periodical that Pays Good Rates to Authors“, which will be ego-boosting for me and hopefully drive some more eyes in their direction(s) so they may continue to pay the creative types.

Once I’ve got as many stories with of those annotations as not, I may begin to feel less like a great blundering infant.  I hope so.  These diapers look ridiculous.

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