Of Squirrels and Type

Diggory made the trip with us.

One of my favorite sounds in the world is that of a typewriter. There’s something primal to the creative soul about the sound of a key striking paper, leaving an impression behind, and that metallic clinking. Tap tap tap tap tink tap tink tap.

My daughter and I spent our Sunday evening at a Type-In hosted by Bryan Sherwood, aka the Kentucky Typer, at A Cup of Common Wealth in Lexington; check out their fun little Pay It Foward, you can even buy me a drink online! There were typewriters everywhere (read heaven), people swapping them across tables and making the rounds to try other models out. We took two of mine, both gifted – a small, blue Royal and my Underwood Leader.

I was gifted a little Easter egg about my Underwood: The H key was backwards, apparently a rare thing, and I was told to leave it that way. The color was also discussed, as that particular shade or patina was unusual. I felt like a proud mother, though I already was with my 15-year old sharing my love of these wonderful machines.

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An IBM Selectric sat at the end of our (door made into a) table with a typewritten note in the top (above). I hadn’t realized that model had originated in Lexington, and it made me feel even happier that we’d moved up to Kentucky. My mother had worked on one of these machines back when I was in high school, and I remembered the gentle whirring. My daughter turned it on and swooned, continuing the time honored tradition of laying your head on the keyboard to listen to its gentle hum.

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Overall the event was a big success and I think thy got double the turnout they were thinking they we going to get. The woman next to us, Anne, was actually from Winter Park, FL, my old stomping grounds growing up. We got to meet with a couple people I knew from Instagram, one even recognized my name which was a nice surprise.

@TypewriterRevolution on Instagram was there with a binder full of his lovely ETCetera publication (that I am now hooked on).  As soon as I am able, I’ll be picking up a signed copy of his  book, it looks fabulous.

I also discovered the Typosphere, so if you don’t hear from me for a while, I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole…

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Staying on track

Today is the end of my second week of my Emerging Technologies class for my Education Media Design & Technology graduate certificate at Full Sail. I just graduated with my Creative Writing MFA, after an amazing first year back in school, and wanted to keep moving forward so I jumped right in.


My current professor turned me on to personal dashboards, specifically Protopage, and it has already been helping me to stay on track. I am still very attached to my analog life, and plan to stay that way despite my love of tech, so I supplement with index cards on a daily basis. I have been keeping a separate blog for school, per my assignments, so you can read more about my experiences here.


I will always have an analog side. There is just something about the feel of dragging a pen point across paper that makes me purr. I love drawing, and doodle or write constantly. I have a love-hate relationship with technology, but there is nothing better when I am on a roll and my brain is moving too fast for my hand to keep up.

The other advantage is list-making and outlining.

I keep a master to do list (easily about four pages long by now) divided into categories and pull a more manageable amount off of it each day onto index cards. I feel less overwhelmed, and I can take the baby steps necessary to finishing.

When I am working on a story, be it fiction or non, I use outlines. There have been times that I have even written entire stories in this format. I will make notes then, before I know it, will have filled in whole scenes. It makes it easier to plot multiple storylines and keep them in sequence.

How do you stay on track?