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Tikky Jotter Pacer

Fri May 5, 2017, 6:01 AM

Weird random thought, but has anyone else gone and bought a tool or piece of kit, be it drawing or anything else, that they thought would be an upgrade and found themselves just incapable of using? I ask because I apparently bought a Rotring Tikky pacer awhile back (and I say "apparently" because I don't remember doing so, but it was in the bottom of a drawer so I must have) and tried it out (again, I guess) tonight. Don't get me wrong, it's quite a nice thing. The materials feel good to touch and it's well put together. It's way nicer than the $1.00 pink plastic pacer I normally use. However, for the life of me, I can't get comfortable with it or make it do what I want it to.

I don't think it's size, the grip is only slightly smaller, or the extra weight: I draw just fine with the steel Parker Jotter ballpoint I have for work, and that's both smaller and heavier. I also don't think that it's that it's new and a bit different. Again, the Jotter I worked just fine with right out of the box, and it's hardly the first time I've switched pacers (the cheap ones tend to fall apart after awhile), but seriously, something just is not flying for me. Maybe I'm just tired, but it feels so unnatural it's almost comical.

I'm going back to my cheap pacer.

Anyway, out of curiosity: anyone else?

  • Listening to: Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki
  • Reading: The Occult Roots of Nazism
  • Watching: Is the Order a Rabbit


Monday Musings - 20170626
It's that one girl, whose design I am slowly refining and neatening up.

Needed something quick and simple, not to mention a bit of a break from Arcadia so, seeing as I'd not drawn her in awhile...
Monday Musings 20170619
"Alright Missy, stand there and try and look 'ard."

I'm sure there's someone, probably multiple someones, standing behind a camera at this moment pissing themselves laughing.

Granddad was a Royal Marine during WWII, and apparently no slouch in the boxing ring either. Upshot was that, during his ship's short stay in the Med, he wound up as (apparently, I've not seen any concrete evidence for this, just word of mouth through the family, so take it with a grain of salt) fleet bantamweight boxing champion. Some sort of inter-vessel competition however seemed like an appropriately Arcadia thing to organise so, here we go. That, and putting Higgins in her PT kit and have her try to emulate the "overly manly man" pose just seemed funny.

More Higgins:
Monday Musings 20170612 by wraith11  Monday Musings - 20170410 by wraith11  Monday Musings - 20170327 by wraith11  Monday Musings - 20170206 by wraith11  Monday Musings - 20161226 by wraith11  Monday Musings - 20160711 by wraith11
Monday Musings 20170612
MV Arcadia, damage control/firefighting drills.

At this moment, it's probably worth pointing out that my entire understanding of firefighting aboard a warship comes from listening to The Mighty Jingles, so take that how you will but in this case he's probably a reliable source.

Frankly, Higgins (yes, there's a Higgins under all that... I did have the mask hanging around her neck, until I saw how the straps actually worked) is far to small and probably shouldn't be let anywhere near a fire hose, even as water wall. However, as she suffers the dual indignities of being both cute and a bit quiet (and having a sense of humour, but that's a given or she wouldn't have survived long on Arcadia), someone probably thought it would be funny to to put her there anyway. Especially as any normal kit one puts on her just looks hilariously oversize.

Besides, you know, warship-in-disguise, so everyone needs to know how to do this stuff anyway, whether they look silly doing so or not.

More of Higgins:
Monday Musings - 20170529 by wraith11  Monday Musings - 20170327 by wraith11  Monday Musings - 20170313 by wraith11  Monday Musings - 20170206 by wraith11  Monday Musings - 20160725 by wraith11  Monday Musings - 20160627 by wraith11
Mock Turtle
Quick one of Monty, brought on by a combination of being in Melbourne over the weekend, and having a little time off.

I can also be found on Twitter and Pixiv

It also occurred to me that, for those who haven't read her story or preceding comic may still require a bit of introducing (and these things can be a bit of fun), so I nicked this off'f :iconshadow2k:, hope he doesn't mind. Monty has of course been forced to do interviews before, but this one is a bit more general so, without further ado...

Probably a bit of important context first: for those unaware, Jethro+Monty started life as fancharacters for Yu Aida's Gunslinger Girl universe, which may help explain some of the answers they are about to give.

1. What is your name?
Monique, or Monty. I don’t have a last name, but I take Jethro’s should one be required, and not provided by an alias.

2. Do you know why you were named that?
Does it really matter? But no.

Jethro: *leaning on the chair behind her* She looked like a “Monty”.

3. Are you single or taken?
Single, and not looking. Taken if you count having to corral an overgrown man-child.

4. Have any abilities or powers?
I believe common sense should be classified a superpower given how rare it is.

Jethro: Also, she can bench press a small car and is mildly bullet resistant.

5. Stop being a Mary-sue!
That sounds awfully American, I doubt it is an alias I would have ever used.

6. What's your eye colour?
*Monty cocks an eyebrow*

7. How about hair colour?
*The eyebrow stays up* You’re sitting directly opposite me. Look for yourself, it’s not as if we are trying to communicate over the phone.

8. Have you any family-members?
I suspect there are some, but none that I am aware of or remember.

9. Oh? How about pets?
Most of our life is lived in hotels, on aeroplanes, or in a car. Having a pet would be highly impractical.

10. That's cool, I guess. Now tell me something you don't like.

Jethro: It would be faster to get her to list the things she does like.

Stupidity, and inane questions delivered by equally dull interviewers.

11. Do you have any activities/hobbies that you like to do?
Not something I have time for, unless you count reading in my occasional spare moments.

12. Have you ever hurt anyone in anyway before?
If they needed hurting…

13. Ever... killed anyone before?
*Sighs* Look, we work for an organisation which takes children on the cusp of death, gives them new bodies, wipes their memories, brainwashes them, and then partners them up with an experienced operator to go out and do the government’s dirty work. What do you think.

14. What kind of animal are you?
There’s no reply, bar a look which gives her view of the interviewer’s intelligence in no uncertain terms.

15. Name your worst habits?
Jethro: *placing hands on his partner’s shoulders as he does* I’ll take this one. She’s a cynical, jaded, grumpy, antisocial, hypocritical, borderline sociopathic, judgemental, impatient, workaholic with a superiority complex and a caffeine fixation… and she snores.

…and you drool in your sleep, but you don’t see me broadcasting the fact to the world at large. Also, if it seeps across to my pillow again, there will be words had.

16. Do you look up to anyone at all?
I’ve been asked something similar before, and the answer has not changed. While I’m not sure “look up to” is the correct term, there are certainly people I respect. Off the top of my head, Elio was a legend in the SIS, and Jean and Ferro both deserve medals for herding cats.

17. Are you Gay, Straight, or Bisexual?

18. Do you go to school?
From everything you have heard so far, what do you think?

19. Ever wanna marry and have kids one day?
No. Besides the fact the SWA saw to it I remain sterile, anyone under the age of twelve should be put in some sort of government institution until they can learn to behave like adults. As to marriage, I do not see the point: if your relationship is so fragile that you need a ring and a ceremony to confirm it then perhaps you shouldn’t be getting married in the first place.

20. Do you have fangirls/fanboys?

Jethro: Except for Kara, Raych, Odile, Genco, and everyone else who trails around after her whenever we’re back on campus.

21. What are you most afraid of?
Not much.

[Probably failure, or being wrong, but she’s never going to admit it… W]

22. What do you usually wear?
Whatever is appropriate to the job in hand.

23. What's one food that tempts you?
I like a good meal as much as the next person, but food is food, I will eat whatever the locals are. I am partial to a good club sandwich though, if it is available.

24. Am I annoying you?
I assume you needed some sort of psyche degree to get here, did they not teach you about interpreting body language or tone of voice in the, what, four years plus you were at university?

25. Well, it's still not over!
*no response, but Jethro’s hands tighten on her shoulders again*.

26. What class are you? (low class, middle class, high class)?
Business class whenever possible. First class is for the likes of Kara, and anything else we fly on tends to not have separated seating to begin with. That said, if you follow the money, one tends to find themselves dealing with society’s upper echelons… or, at least, those parts of society with wealth. They are, unfortunately, not mutually inclusive concepts.

27. How many friends do you have?
I don’t know if I would go so far as to call them “friends”, but Genco, Ferro, Priscilla, Michele, Elio, and their ilk are bearable, among others.

28. What are your thoughts on pie?
I would not say no to a good steak and Guinness pie.

29. Favourite drink?
Negroni, on Tanqueray 10 and Antico Formula. Add a dash of Lillet.

30. What's your favourite place?
Away from people who want waste my time with impertinent questions or by administering useless interviews.

*Jethro leans down, thumbs massaging at her shoulder blades as he does so, and the interviewer can just hear him whisper something in her ear along the lines of “be nice”.

31. Are you interested in anyone?
*Monty absently reaches back to still her partner’s hands* No.

32. If you're a girl, what's your cup size? If you're a guy, how big are you?
Somewhere south of A.

33. Would you rather swim in a lake or the ocean?
On the whole I will take fresh water as it doesn’t leave salt residue, not that we ever get a say in the subject when swimming raises its head.

34. What's your type?
Doesn’t drool in bed.

35. Any fetishes?
*The eyebrow goes up again* None that I am so far aware of.

36. Seme or uke?
Jethro tried playing the ukulele once and it was diabolical. It may have been misplaced in our travels, no idea how, but I’ve sworn never to let him near a stringed instrument again, or any instrument for that matter. I’ve never heard of a seme though, sounds Subcontinental or East Asian.

Jethro: I tried for a banjo as well, but she wouldn’t let me have one.

37. Camping or indoors?
I will tent if I have to, but I’ve never understood why otherwise rational people would willingly subject themselves to camping. Are we done?

The interviewer nods.

*Monty tilts her head back to glance up at her partner, giving him a querying look, and back at the interviewer*
Then I think it is high time we bid you adieu.
Monday Musings 20170605
As you may or may not have noticed, unless a) I'm away, and she's doing the commentary on commentary for that or b) I'm out of time and ideas and I happened to have a handy sketch of her lying around I generally try to keep Monty out of the whole Monday Musings business. This weekend however, I was in Melbourne for OzLockCon and, well, there was only one person that Monday Musing was ever going to...

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Somvold Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Thanks mate.
Somvold Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No worries at all and glad that you like it.
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merry christmas
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And a Merry Christmas to you as well.
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