August 27, 2017: Typing Assignment #7

This assignment typed on my 196? Sears Forecast 12.

This typing assignment for Joe Van Cleave’s blog, takes us down another avenue of personal history by describing a time in the writer’s life when he/she achieved something significant, or overcame a major obstacle.

For this new assignment, you’ll dig into your life’s experience and find something significant that you achieved, or a major problem you overcame. Perhaps you might think you’ve never accomplished much, never tackled some significant feat that’s worthy of note. But to ourselves, in our internal life experience, many things loom large that might otherwise be seen as insignificant to others. Our job as writers is to communicate the magnitude of our internal experience to others in a way that they can appreciate; to enable them to enter into our personal experience.

There was only one obvious obstacle that knocked me on my ass and nearly tore me down that I had to write about.  That damn Bar Exam.

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August 11, 2017: Typing Assignment #6

Before I get into this assignment, I want to point out that Mr. Van Cleave has a YouTube channel in which he goes over all the submissions by presenting a slideshow of them (which allows you to read each one), then discusses each of them individually.

The sixth Typing Assignment from Joe Van Cleave’s blog is the following:

We all have someone in our lives who represents a story waiting to be told. That story could be uplifting, or not. But that’s the way true-to-life stories are; not all fairy tales and happily-ever-after and Prince (or Princess) Charming. But a story, waiting to be told, as a typed, one-page composition. It’s your story, to share with others.

For this assignment, I took my healed wrist to the 1951 Royal Quiet De Luxe, and tried to fit a single page in about Erma Henderson.  Though there is a lot to her story, and a lot of it has been shared, I chose to revisit her for this assignment because August 20, 2017 would have been her 100th birthday.

One of the take-aways from this assignment is that I need to allow myself a little more time to either hand-write or rough draft it on the typewriter and re-type.  One of the aesthetics of using a typewriter is the human error component of mistypes, misspellings, and rawness of thought.  If I’m going to continue this and publish them here, I need to consider providing cleaner copy.

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July 28, 2017: Typing Assignment #5

Still hampered by the splint, I used my 1961 Smith Corona Coronet Automatic, an electric typewriter, again for Typing Assignment #5 at Joe Van Cleave’s blog.

This assignment “is to work with that worst of all opening lines to a story, “It was a dark and stormy night.”

This line has been panned for decades by critics and cognoscenti alike; but are we afraid? No! Instead, we see it as a challenge. After all, we’re already writing on manual typewriters. Typewriters, I tell ‘ya! So a little more salt in the wound shouldn’t be any trouble.

Start your one-page piece with that classic line, and see where the Muse takes you. Make it fiction; or make it nonfiction, if you have a personal tale, set in a dark, stormy eve, worth telling. Perhaps there’s a family story or legend you’d like to try your hand at. Make it poetry, make it prose, you get to choose.

This is my contribution.

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July 16, 2017: Typing Assignment #4

Typing Assignment #4 from Joe Van Cleave’s Blog was difficult this week.  An acute fracture in a bone in my wrist, which occurred at a soccer game on Tuesday, has been making every form of typing a challenge.  Furthermore, the assignment itself required some thought and imagination.  The past seven days busy with work and soccer, left little time for thought on this project.  But with the deadline near, I put this together.

The assignment “is to write about that old pangram: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. You are free to use this phrase as a jumping-off point for wherever the create muse leads. Write from the perspective of the fox, or the dog, or the dog’s owner. Tell us the backstory, or what happens after. Is there animosity between the fox and dog, or are they friends? Why is the dog considered lazy – did he get a false reputation? You get to decide – it’s your story.”

Well, I took this in an entirely different direction.  Sort of like how my week went.  I used my 1961 Smith Corona Coronet Automatic, an electric typewriter which would be easier for my injured left hand, and, well, all I can say is that a quick brown fox did jump over a lazy dog.  The rest I’ll leave for you to decide.

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July 8, 2017: Typing Assignment #3

Today I completed Typing Assignment #3 for Joe Van Cleave’s blog.  These have been fun, both for content and to develop a habit for using the typewriter more often for writing, not just addressing envelopes.

Typing Assignment #3 is “to write a one-pager about youthful hang-outs. Write about some place you liked to spend time at when young, and perhaps a bit about the people you hung with and maybe even some special circumstance or story that transpired.”

Using my 1951 Royal Quiet De Luxe, (because the typeface is smaller and I can fit more words to the page), here is my submission titled “Leave the Driving to Us.”

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July 2, 2017: Typing Assignment #2

After posting Typing Assignment #1, I watched the video about Assignment #2, and realized that the deadline for it was today.  After watching the video and visiting Joe Van Cleave’s Blog page “Typing Assignment #2,” it was back to work.

The assignment is to “write a one-page essay on what you find unique and/or valuable about using typewriters as writing tools.”  For this, I hammered out a rough draft on the Royal Quiet De Luxe, then polished it on the Olivetti Lettera 22.  Below is my submission.

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July 2, 2017: Typing Assignment #1

A couple weeks ago, I received an email from David Wells, creator of the Vermont Vintage Typewriter website, with his latest article.  In it, he shared his submission to Joe Van Cleave’s “Typing Assignment.”  Last week, another email arrived, with David’s submission to the second assignment.  I kept the emails as new, wanting to refer back to them and consider this Typing Assignment project.

Today was the day.  I didn’t read David’s submissions, not wanting to be influenced by them.  Instead, I went directly to Joe Van Cleave’s blog.  I found the article and video describing the purpose of this project.

Okay.  Sounds good.  Though I’ve never been a writer who has been inspired by writing prompts, I have been looking for a way to give my typewriters more use.  Their function lately has been to address envelopes.

This is Typing Assignment #1

Well, too late to include it on his website, I decided to do this just to get started on this project.  My hope is that I’ll be timely for Assignment #3.

Here’s my response to this first Typing Assignment.

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