Sunday, November 22, 2015

typing. at long last. typing. again.

This, today, will be different.

Oh my mustard-colored baby.

All because I had a vision, pictured something while sitting riverside. I do not always go with visions—should not always go with visions, “visions” being a rather lofty, pretentious word, frivolous even, and after all, I’m not a nut or anything—but when a vision reverberates just right apparently I do go with it, for better or worse, I mean, look where I live, and it’s about time I accepted that and got on with it.

At the library I picked up this publication Book Page and read  this article
about a Michigan author who writes his books on a typewriter in a cabin
with a woodstove nearby. He uses a 1953 Royal, which looks like
a typewriter my dad once had.

There is a sift of snow on the ground, just enough to mark footprints, and walking to the river the other morning the sky was so low I did not have to reach far to touch it.

Be it ever so umbel ...

I found my typewriter online, emailed a bit with the seller, bought the typewriter and soon it arrived, showed up on the porch one day, and now it’s like being reunited with an old friend. But I do not understand the weird key with the arrow pointing right. When I hit it, I go back one space, to the left, and I think it just clicked … to go back one space, to the left on the page, the carriage—the platen—must move one space to the right. Whoa. Just tried it. Absolutely right. To go left, one must go right. Talk about everything being its opposite …

To go back, you must go forward.

A typewriter certainly makes one think.


  1. Can you still buy the ribbons? How about white out? Is that still around?

    1. Oh yeah, plenty of ribbons. But availability does depend on the model. And apparently white-out is still around! I remember too little sheets one could stick between the key and the paper that when struck would obliterate the errant letter or mark. Had some white dusty stuff on one side. Right now what I have is an old typewriter eraser with brush -- not sure that is going to work so well!

  2. We have found ribbons for L's manual typewriter that he uses all the time...ironically had to find them on line! And wite-out is still around.

    1. I bet there's more people out there using typewriters than we realize. I just remembered -- Liquid Paper! What a concept.

    2. Since Altmann's Typewriter closed in Marquette, there is, sadly, no place to get them repaired, so he had to chose a new model which is not at all as good as his old reliable, that he typed all of his books on (and of course I converted the manuscripts to computer, since no publisher or paper will take paper copy any longer! Long may your typewriter live!