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Lately, I have decided to learn italic cursive font. Because I am not a good writer and logging daily activities would be quite repetitive and boring (wake up, eat breakfast, go to work, come back from work, workout, eat, sleep, blah blah blah), I have decided to use Ambrose Bierce's Devil's Dictionary to practice penmanship and calligraphy. I figured I'd also use the opportunity to practice drawing because, as the saying goes: "If you don't use it, you lose it."

 

The Devil's Dictionary is public domain so quoting it hopefully will not lead to copywriting issues. Ambrose Bierce's views, still ring true one century after he wrote them. Anybody want to join in the cynical fun? My first contribution will be the very a propos word: INK

 

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As a sharp wit and powerful sarcasm is a sign that you already have.

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I love"Devil's Dictionary" (I have a copy on my phone) and your interpretation is GREAT!

"Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination."

Oscar Wilde

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Second that! Great book (I have paper & e-book - essential reading)...

 

Do you plan to copy out the dictionary? That would be a hoot. We should mock up an entry for 'Pens - Fountain, see Obessions' , lol.

 

Next: HP Lovecraft: You'd draw a marvellous Cthulhu.

 

(I adore your Press Owl by the way)

"No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn...."

 

 

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Fantastic!! :thumbup:

Find my homemade ink recipes on my Flickr page here.

 

"I don't wait for inspiration; inspiration waits for me." --Akiane Kramarik

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Ha ha. Thanks for the feedback. I love this book as well. I have a hard print copy and 3 ebook versions in my kindle. There are several web sites with it as well. The website with the cleanest format (in my humble opinion) is http://www.thedevilsdictionary.com.

 

I do not know that I will do the whole book, but I just might. I am not quite familiar with H.P. Lovecraft and Cthulhu, but I will look it up.

 

I would love to see other peoples take on the words if possible. Here is one I did 12 days ago. (I had a steampunky-Alice-In-Wonderland vibe that day.) The word is QUEEN:

 

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This was done with a white Pelikan M205 with a modified full-flex XXF nib.

An eye for insignificant details is a good sign you will do just fine in medical school...

As a sharp wit and powerful sarcasm is a sign that you already have.

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both of those .... interpretations I guess, look awesome.

 

sort of at a loss for words since I haven't read it - checking out the website in a few minutes though.

All I want is 1 more pen, and 1 more bottle of ink, and maybe 1 more pad of paper. Well, at least until tomorrow. Oh yeah, and throw in that bottle of single malt. Is that asking for too much?

 

thanks Chris.

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God, you are so badass. Keep at it :thumbup:

The sword is mightier than the pen. However, swords are now obsolete whereas pens are not.

 

-Unknown

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Now I'm going to have to look this book up at the library (or maybe B&N).

Great. Swell.

Add that to the shopping list (or ILL) along with Hemingway's _A Moveable Feast_.... :headsmack:

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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I love your interpretation. Here is my butterfly-loving interpretation of Cerberus.

 

 

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An eye for insignificant details is a good sign you will do just fine in medical school...

As a sharp wit and powerful sarcasm is a sign that you already have.

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Hippogriff

I love your interpretation. Here is my butterfly-loving interpretation of Cerberus.

 

 

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This is brilliant! (Who wants to ponder a guess about where my name originated???)

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Hippogriff

I love your interpretation. ...

 

Thanks plistumi, your drawings are amazing.

Cerberus isn't as scary as he'd like us to think. I want to take him for a walk now.

The book you have chosen has some timeless observations.

I hope some others join in.

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Thanks plistumi, your drawings are amazing.

Cerberus isn't as scary as he'd like us to think. I want to take him for a walk now.

The book you have chosen has some timeless observations.

I hope some others join in.

 

Want to take me for a walk? I like butterflies too lol

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Thanks plistumi, your drawings are amazing.

Cerberus isn't as scary as he'd like us to think. I want to take him for a walk now.

The book you have chosen has some timeless observations.

I hope some others join in.

 

Want to take me for a walk? I like butterflies too lol

 

Just look at the upper left corner.

Flake, please join!

 

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An eye for insignificant details is a good sign you will do just fine in medical school...

As a sharp wit and powerful sarcasm is a sign that you already have.

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These are amazing! If you ever want to have some of these drawings printed in letterpress, let me know! We could do a whole set of FPN/plistumi letterpress postcards or notecards or something fun. Keep it up! I can't wait to see the next one.

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Stunning and very inspiring. Thanks for an eye-opening read.

I too am going to find a proper notebook to devote to this.

What a terrific idea !!!

Hex, aka George

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Hex: Bring 'em on!

Hovea: Love your Gorgon.

Meghan: Hmm letterpress... interesting idea!

 

I went for the last entry here: ZOOLOGY

 

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An eye for insignificant details is a good sign you will do just fine in medical school...

As a sharp wit and powerful sarcasm is a sign that you already have.

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