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Posted by Dirck on 21 November, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 18 November
  • 19 November
  • 20 November
  • 21 November
  • First draft of “Vacation Slides”.
  • Some necessary correspondence
  • 11 manuscript pages.
  • Done and sent.

 

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Topical Humour

Posted by Dirck on 15 November, 2019

Oddly, that’s not humour that is rubbed directly onto the source of irritation.

With all this talk of Peach Mints wafting up from the US, I though it would be nice to cast our minds back to a time when moderately-competent forces of evil were a source of amusement rather than the makers of any nation’s policy.

OK, you got me. Moderately-competent evil has always directed national policies. What’s new is that blunderously incompetent evil has moved in and yet somehow it remains unthwarted.

Today’s pen: Waterman L’Étalon (slightly deformed, occasionally rude)
Today’s ink: Diamine Bilberry (perfectly pleasant… until it’s pen cleaning time!)

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Posted by Dirck on 7 November, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 4 November
  • 5 November
  • 6 November
  • 7 November
  • I may have taken a day off.
  • Third draft of “Whistling Through the Graveyard”.
  • Some non-writing stuff to do with last week’s alarming note.
  • First draft of “Grand Finale”
  • No sleaves (sic) unravelled, alas.
  • Polished and fit to present.
  • Questions answered, future appointments made.
  • Six manuscript pages.

 

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Posted by Dirck on 21 March, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 18 March
  • 19 March
  • 20 March
  • 21 March
  • Second draft of “A Duty of Upkeep is Owed to Your Neighbours” (hey, I found a title!)
  • 2767 Typed words

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Posted by Dirck on 14 March, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 11 March
  • 12 March
  • 13 March
  • 14 March
  • First draft of “Tiger on My Back.”
  • First draft of a thing about lawn culture that needs a title.
  • Second draft of same. “At Work on the Back 40,” maybe?
  • 1240 typed words.
  • Around 1100 typed words.
  • 364 typed words.

So… what’s with all the non-manuscript first drafts? A small experiment, although “Tiger” began as a typed thing because I’m working on it Sundays using the iPad/Keyboard combo I was so avid about at the start of the year; I’m also annoying other parents at the son’s gymnastics class (it’s specific for kids with ASD, so it’s really more of a class in trampoline bouncing until you’ve had all you can take followed by quiet lounging in a foam pit). The other thing is one I thought I’d just see how it went if I dove straight into typing for a change.

I discover two things. I appear to have trained myself out of the urge to faff around with obsessive, productivity-smashing edits in the first draft even if it’s an available option, so that’s good. I also find that I would still prefer to start out with pen and paper, because the slightly slower pace of getting the words out gives the scenes a chance to form in the air around me more fully. Either way, I’m still pausing to stare at the wall in front of me at regular intervals while the unwritten bit clarifies, but those pauses are shorter working with a pen.

They’re also more decorative, since a man poised to return pen to paper with a faraway look in his eye is a slightly more romantic figure than someone slumped idly in front of a keyboard.

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Posted by Dirck on 7 March, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 4 March
  • 5 March
  • 6 March
  • 7 March
  • First draft of “Tiger on My Back.”
  • Second draft of “The Curse of the Dragon.”
  • 960 typed words
  • Cripes, I keep going back and undoing stuff. Maybe… 2500 words? It’s not that long, though.

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My Mind Palace Has No Heating Bill

Posted by Dirck on 1 March, 2019

In many parts of the world, February has just ended, and thus spring is right around the corner.

Here in Saskatchewan, March is a mere annex to February, a place where that bleak month stores the misery it just could not dish out in its own compass. We’re told it will go as low as -29C tonight… which is better than much of last week, but it’s hardly “balmy.”

So, like many people around here, my thoughts are turning to warm places which I can no longer even imagine with any fidelity. Today’s film is, in essence, a view of what’s happening inside my head this very moment.

I’m told winter ends. I wonder what that means…

Today’s pen: Waterman L’Étalon
Today’s ink: Waterman Florida Blue

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Posted by Dirck on 21 February, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 18 February
  • 19 February
  • 20 February
  • 21 February
  • First draft of “The Curse of the Dragon”
  • 17 manuscript pages

Why, yes, I did get a little writing done on Monday. I also during the week off, finished the second draft of “Cannon Fodder” but failed to come up with a better title for it. The working title is both inaccurate and a spoiler, so it really must go.

I also believe I have figured out a treatment for Parker 21s with cracked hoods. If the one I’m using today (and one I sent back to its owner, who offered it up to the cause of mad science) hold up through a whole writing cycle, I’ll try to document the process to share with the world. I should say, though, that the process is cosmetically imperfect… but what is mad science without a hideous offspring which hardly dares show its face?

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